Thor is a 2011 superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. It is the fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the fourth film of Phase One. The film was released on April 27, 2011 internationally and on May 6, 2011 in the United States.
The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, Colm Feore as Laufey, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, with Rene Russo as Frigga, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
As the son of Odin, king of the Norse gods, Thor will soon inherit the throne of Asgard from his aging father. However, on the day that he is to be crowned, Thor reacts with brutality when the gods' enemies, the Frost Giants, enter the palace in violation of their treaty. As punishment, Odin banishes Thor to Earth. While Loki, Thor's brother, plots mischief in Asgard, Thor, now stripped of his powers, faces his greatest threat.
Two physicists, Jane Foster, Erik Selvig, and Darcy Lewis, are in the New Mexico desert, working from the van while conducting research on an aurora-borealis-type phenomenon. Suddenly a large tornado/lightning storm develops and they drive towards it to investigate. The van hits a man from inside the maelstrom and they stop. They find a man, a well-built blond, semi-conscious.
In Asgard, Odin describes a battle between the Frost Giants and Asgardians. The Asgardians win, take possession of the powerful Casket of Ancient Winters, and return to their realm. Odin is talking to his two sons, energetic Thor and a more thoughtful Loki. Odin says both of them are worthy but only one can be king of Asgard.
Thor, now an adult, prepares for a ceremony where he would be formally recognized as crown prince. Loki looks on enviously. Before Odin can follow through with the proclamation, he senses the presence of intruders. Three Frost Giants infiltrate the secure rooms that hold the Casket. However, the Destroyer appears and stops the intruders from reattaining the casket, killing all three. Examining the remains, Odin seems calm, yet Thor is angry and wants to attack. Odin disagrees.
Thor gathers Loki and his close friends, Volstagg, Fandral, Hogun, and Sif, and they ride out to the Bifrost Bridge. Heimdall allows them to pass and the six are transported to the Frost Giants' domain, Jotunheim, a frozen, crumbling wasteland. They confront Laufey who taunts the Asgardian warriors. More Frost Giants surround the six as Laufey allows them the chance to leave peacefully. Loki manages to persuade his brother into accepting the offer and they prepare to depart. However, Thor reacts brashly to a Frost Giant's insult and a battle starts. During the battle, Loki experiences an unusual reaction when he is touched by a Frost Giant.
Laufey releases a Frost Beast and the Asgardians retreat to the Bifrost. Thor kills the beast but once again the team is surrounded and things look desperate. Odin arrives and intervenes to save the warriors, apologizing to Laufey for the intrusion and attempting to reinstate peace, but Laufey states that they are beyond reason, that the Frost Giants are now at war with Asgard. He attempts to stab Odin, who blasts Laufey back and takes the young Asgardians home.
Back at the Asgard side of the portal, Odin lets the four friends go and confronts Thor and Loki. Odin is furious that Thor has dragged Asgard back into war, and tells Thor he is not fit to be king. Loki tries to calm his father but is quickly silenced. Odin strips Thor of his powers, banishes him to Earth, and sends his hammer, Mjølnir, after him a few seconds later, saying, "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor."
On Earth, Thor is immediately hit by Foster's van as they drive into the storm he emerged from. Thor faintly begins to question where he is and becomes aggressive to the point that Lewis tases him, knocking him out. The three scientists load him into their van and take him to the hospital. Once again he starts fighting as he wakes up and he is eventually tranquilized. Selvig tries to get Foster to leave him be, saying he is some kind of nut, but she is curious and attracted to him.
When the scientists return to their outpost in town they discover S.H.I.E.L.D. confiscating all of their equipment and research in connection to the recent atmospheric disturbances, and the appearance of Thor's hammer. Unsure of what to do, the trio goes back to the hospital but Thor has escaped. As they drive off in the van, they hit the Asgardian man again and knock him out, but this time they take him with them. Foster gives him civilian clothes that belonged to her ex-boyfriend. After overhearing locals discussing a satellite crash 50 miles due west, Thor decides to go there, and once again Selvig tries to get Foster to leave him alone. Thor walks about the town and tries to get a horse in a pet store. Foster appears and gives him a ride and the two head west in the van.
At the satellite crash site, a crowd of local townspeople has gathered; people are partying and trying to lift the hammer from the crater. Later, S.H.I.E.L.D. arrives and takes over the site, setting up a temporary camp to study the hammer. After dark, Foster and Thor arrive on the scene. Thor infiltrates the encampment while Foster huddles in safety. After beating up many agents, and being targeted by Clint Barton, Thor finally reaches the hammer but is unable to lift it. He howls at his powerlessness and drops to the ground, putting up no fight as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents close in and take him.
On Asgard, Thor's four friends begin to suspect Loki had something to do with Thor's banishment. Loki realizes that he is not a pure Asgardian and Odin admits that Loki was taken from Jotunheim as an infant and raised as his own. Loki is confused and angry as Odin falls into a coma-like state called the "Odinsleep", leaving Loki to become acting king.
Back on Earth, Phil Coulson questions Thor, and when he leaves him alone briefly, Loki appears in the room. Loki tells Thor that Odin is dead and he cannot come back to Asgard, leaving Thor distraught. Selvig, with a faked driver license, arrives and lies to the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, telling them that Thor is Foster's ex-husband and is under the influence of steroids. Coulson lets Selvig take Thor, who surreptitiously grabs Foster's notebook on the way out. Back in town, Selvig takes Thor out for a drink, now trying to convince Thor to leave Foster alone due to the complications he has and would continue to cause her. The two chug boilermakers and bond. Thor brings the drunk Selvig to Foster's trailer. Thor and Foster go outside to gaze at the stars, and Thor explains the Nine Realms and the Bifrost Bridge to her. She figures the bridge is the theoretical Einstein-Rosen Bridge wormhole, the very same that she has been researching.
Loki freezes Heimdall and uses the Bifrost to meet with Laufey. It is revealed that Loki was the one who let the Frost Giants into Asgard to try to retrieve the casket during Thor's coronation. He makes a deal with Laufey that he will let them into Asgard again to kill Odin and have their casket, and in return, they will return home in peace. Loki then commands the Destroyer to go to Earth and kill Thor.
The Destroyer arrives in the New Mexico desert and starts blasting everything with a heat ray. Thor and the three scientists attempt to get everyone away safely. Thor confronts the Destroyer and asks Loki, who can see and hear what is going on from Asgard, to leave the humans alone in return for himself. The Destroyer gives Thor a vicious backhand slap and sends him tumbling, apparently dead. Jane runs to the body in tears. However, Thor's selfless act of protection proves him worthy to once again wield Mjølnir, which frees itself from the crater and returns to Thor's hand. He is restored to full life and vigor and once again fitted in his red cape and armor. He easily defeats the Destroyer and tries to return to Asgard, promising Foster he will return.
The Frost Giants invade Asgard through the portal, walking past the frozen Heimdall. Laufey goes to Odin's bedchamber and, as he prepares to kill the Norse god, Loki kills Laufey to appear to be the hero. Although frozen, Heimdall is conscious and manages to break free and brings Thor back to Asgard. Thor flies quickly to fight the Frost Giants.
Loki goes to the Himinbjorg and sets the bridge up to destroy the ice planet Jotunheim. Thor tries to stop him and the two engage in combat. Thor immobilizes Loki with Mjølnir and starts to destroy the Rainbow Bridge to stop the portal. When the bridge shatters, the two brothers fall into space but Odin arrives and catches Thor, who holds Loki's staff. Loki admits defeat and allows himself to fall, disappearing into the void.
All seems back to normal on Asgard, although Odin is saddened by the turn of events. Thor mourns for his brother and misses Jane Foster, whom he is unable to visit with the Bifrost now destroyed. However, Heimdall, gazing out over the severed edge of the Rainbow Bridge, assures him that Foster is looking for him. Back on Earth, Foster is in a new lab with new equipment, now being assisted by S.H.I.E.L.D.
Afterwards, Selvig has been taken to the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility where he meets Nick Fury. Fury shows him the Tesseract in a briefcase, which he says could be a source of unlimited power. Loki appears in a reflection, invisible to Selvig and Fury, and says "Well, I guess that's worth a look," which Selvig repeats due to Loki's subtle influence.
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor
- Dakota Goyo as Young Thor
- Natalie Portman as Doctor Jane Foster
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki
- Ted Allpress as Young Loki
- Anthony Hopkins as King Odin
- Stellan Skarsgård as Doctor Erik Selvig
- Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis
- Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson
- Colm Feore as King Laufey
- Idris Elba as Heimdall
- Ray Stevenson as Volstagg
- Tadanobu Asano as Hogun
- Joshua Dallas as Fandral
- Jaimie Alexander as Sif
- Rene Russo as Queen Frigga
- Adriana Barraza as Isabel Alvarez
- Maximiliano Hernández as Agent Jasper Sitwell
- Joshua Cox as Hailstrum
- Joseph Gatt as Grundroth
- Luke Massy as Raze
- Buddy Sosthand as Agent Delancey
- Jamie McShane as Agent Jackson
- Dale Godboldo as Agent Garrett
- Patrick O'Brien Demsey as Agent Cale
- Matt Battaglia as Pete
- Joel McCrary as Jake
- Isaac Kappy as Kyle
- J. Michael Straczynski as Townie
- Stan Lee as Stan the Man
- Samuel L. Jackson as Director Nick Fury (uncredited)
- Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye (uncredited)
- Tønsberg, Norway
- Puente Antiguo, New Mexico
- New Mexico
- Mojave Desert
- Culver University (mentioned)
- Pakistan (mentioned)
- Chechnya, Russia (mentioned)
- Afghanistan (mentioned)
- South Africa (mentioned)
- Nine Realms
- Asgard-Jotunheim War
- Infiltration into the S.H.I.E.L.D. Crater Investigation Site
- Battle of Puente Antiguo
- Duel at the Rainbow Bridge
- Asgardian Armor
- Winged Helmet
- Horned Helmet
- Odin's Vault
- Sif's Sword and Shield
- Brandrheid Undrsigr
- Bifrost Bridge
- Hawkeye's Bow and Quiver
- Myths and Ledgends from Around the World
- Gamma Radiation (mentioned)
- Hubble Space Telescope (mentioned)
- Hugin and Munin
- Frost Beasts
- Cats (mentioned)
- Horses (mentioned)
- Oxes (mentioned)
- Pheasants (mentioned)
- Boars (mentioned)
- Donald Blake
- Tony Stark
- Bruce Banner
- Hank Pym
- Jane Foster's Father
- Those Who Sit Above in Shadow
- Jackie Chan
- Robin Hood
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The Blu-ray release of Thor included the first Marvel One-Shot named The Consultant. The short film explained Tony Stark's appearance in The Incredible Hulk. It is set after the main events of Thor and during the final events of The Incredible Hulk.