Thor is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures, it is the fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
It was directed by Kenneth Branagh, written by the writing team of Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz along with Don Payne, and stars Chris Hemsworth as the title character alongside Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson. , Idris Elba. , Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.
After rekindling a dormant war, Thor is banished from Asgard to Earth, stripped of his powers and his hammer Mjölnir. As his brother Loki plans to take the Asgardian throne, Thor must prove his worth.
Sam Raimi first developed the concept of a Thor-based film adaptation in 1991, but soon abandoned the project, leaving it in “development hell” for several years.
During this time, the rights were acquired by various movie studios until Marvel hired Mark Protosevich to develop the project in 2006, and planned to fund and launch it through Paramount. Matthew Vaughn was assigned directing the film for a tentative release in 2010.
However, after Vaughn was released from his tenure contract in 2008, he approached Branagh and the film’s release was rescheduled for 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 premiered in Sydney on April 17, 2011 and was released in the United States on May 6, as part of Phase One of the MCU. The film was a financial success, grossing $ 449.3 million worldwide.
Critics praised the performances, characters, themes, and special effects, but criticized the plot. Two sequels have been released: Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017). A fourth film, Thor: Love and Thunder, is scheduled for release in 2022.