Thor Movie (2011) Cast, Release Date, Story, Budget, Collection, Poster, Trailer, Review


May 6, 2011
1hr 54min
  • Thor is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
  • It is the fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and as part of Phase One of the MCU.
  • Three sequels have been released: Thor: The Dark World (2013), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), and Thor: Love and Thunder (2022).
  • Sam Raimi first developed the concept of a film adaptation based on Thor in 1991, but soon abandoned the project, leaving it in “development hell” for several years.
  • During this time, the rights were picked up by various film studios until Marvel signed Mark Protosevich to develop the project in 2006, and planned to finance and release it through Paramount.
  • Matthew Vaughn was assigned to direct the film for a tentative 2010 release. However, after Vaughn was released from his holding deal in 2008, Branagh was approached and the film’s release was rescheduled to 2011.
  • The main characters were cast in 2009, and principal photography took place in California and New Mexico from January to May 2010. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.
  • Thor held its world premiere at the Event Cinemas theatre in George Street, Sydney on April 17, 2011, with the film opening on April 21, 2011, in Australia. The following weekend it opened in 56 markets, while the premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California took place on May 2, 2011. Thor opened on May 6, 2011 in the United States, in 3,955 theaters (of which 214 were IMAX 3D and 2,737 in 3D, a record amount). The film is part of Phase One of the MCU. It received generally positive reviews from critics and was a financial success, earning $449.3 million worldwide.
  • Marvel Animation announced a 26-episode animated series in November 2008, to air in late 2010 before the release of Marvel Studios’ film. The company released an animated direct-to-video film, Thor: Tales of Asgard, to coincide with the live-action film.
  • A video game titled Thor: God of Thunder based on the film was developed by Sega using the voices and likenesses of actors Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Jaimie Alexander, and was released on May 3, 2011.
  • Thor grossed $449.3 million worldwide becoming a financial success overall.
  • The film’s Bifröst travel sequences were inspired by Hubble photography.
  • In July 2011, Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures announced the release of Thor on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The discs were released by Paramount Home Media Distribution on September 13, 2011 in three editions: a single-disc DVD, a 2-disc Blu-ray-DVD combo pack, and a 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD/3D combo pack. All sets come with deleted scenes and a “Road to The Avengers” featurette. The 2-disc and 3-disc packs includes a digital copy, the first in a series of Marvel One-Shots, The Consultant, and 7 behind-the-scenes featurettes.
  • Branagh said that the DVD includes at least 20 minutes of deleted scenes. Branagh stated the footage contains “things like the Asgardian parents, Odin and Frigga, played by the beautiful Rene Russo, there’s some beautiful scenes in there that I think people will enjoy. And certainly Thor and Loki interacting in different ways that just fill in a little bit of a back story, that was part of our rehearsal and research.” In its first week of release, Thor took the number one spot on Blu-ray/DVD sales chart and topped Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week.
  • The film was also collected in a 10-disc box set titled “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled” which includes all of the Phase One films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on April 2, 2013.
  • The events of the film also take place simultaneously with the events of The Incredible Hulk (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010), the latter of which is set six months after the events of Iron Man (2008).

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