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Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Produced by Kevin Feige
Written by Screenplay:
Mark Protosevich
Comic Book:
Stan Lee
Larry Lieber
Jack Kirby
Release dates July 15, 2010
Language English

Thor is an upcoming 2010 superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Mark Protosevich. The film will be an origin story in the style of an epic fantasy adventure. Thor is in pre-production, and the cast still has yet to be announced.


Thor is an origin story, taking inspiration from Biblical themes. Screenwriter Mark Protosevich said, "It will be mythic, but also bear the unmistakable qualities of a Marvel movie, an epic fantasy adventure."[1] Gladiator and The Lord of the Rings film trilogy will be an influence of the storyline.[2][3] The film will not take place in modern times, but neither will it be set entirely in Asgard.[4]


When Matthew Vaughn was director, an unknown 19—20 years old actor was being looked at for Thor.[5][6] Tyler Mane had expressed interest in the role.[7] Kevin McKidd was being considered for a supporting role.[6] Samuel L. Jackson has expressed interest in returning for a cameo role as Nick Fury, and stated he was "looking forward to making that character a bit more integral" in the Marvel Studios' cross-film continuity.[8]



The film first gained momentum for production after the successful release of the X-Men film. The plan was for the the film to be made for TV. UPN were in talks for airing it, excited by the prospect they pushed for a script and approached Tyler Mane to lead as Thor.[9] During 2004 it was revealed that the film was to materialise into a cinematic release with Avi Arad announcing that David S. Goyer would be writing the film. Goyer felt it would be hard with multiple projects going on at the same time, but he expressed interest in directing the film also.[10] By 2005 it was revealed that Goyer was no longer attached but there were talks between Goyer and Marvel. The film was also set up to be distributed through Sony Pictures.[11]

In 2006 screenwriter Mark Protosevich was hired to write a script for the live-action Thor film in 2006.[12] Later that year the film was announced to be a Marvel Studios production.[13] After being impressed with his work on Stardust, Marvel Studios signed Matthew Vaughn to direct in August 2007.[2] Vaughn rewrote Protosevich's script in order to bring down the budget to $150 million, as Protosevich's first draft had a cost of $300 million to produce.[14] He intended to start filming in late 2008[15] and after the success of Iron Man, Marvel Studios announced Thor is set for a release on June 4, 2010. The Iron Man sequel is set to be used for introducing Thor.[16]

In May 2008, it was noted that Matthew Vaughn was no longer attached to Thor as his holding deal had expired the December before. Also, the Studio was still waiting for a "script polish" from Protosevich.[3] By September 2008, D. J. Caruso had been discussing taking on the project, though he did not read the script.[17] That month, Kenneth Branagh signed on to direct.[18]


Ilan Eshkeri revealed in August 2007 that he would be teaming with then-director Matthew Vaughn to compose the score for the film. For inspiration the composer looked through a stack of early Thor comics.[19][20]


  1. ^ Dann Gire (2007-12-23). "I am Legend writer credits comics, horror films and pop culture". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Exclusive: Vaughn On Thor". Empire. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  3. ^ a b Paul Bond, Borys Kit (2008-05-06). "Marvel's machine in gear". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  4. ^ Patrick Lee (2008-05-22). "Captain America, Thor Details Leaked". Sci Fi Wire. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  5. ^ Glen Ferris (2008-03-10). "Exclusive: Matthew Vaughn Talks Thor". Empire. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  6. ^ a b Travis Fickett; Stax (2007-09-06). "McKidd Confirms Thor Rumors". IGN. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  7. ^ Larry Carroll (2007-08-28). "Mane Looks Norse Towards Thor Role". MTV. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  8. ^ Larry Carroll (2008-07-25). "Sam Jackson Wants Nick Fury Cameos in ‘Thor,’ ‘Captain America,’ Unsure If Favreau Will Return to ‘Iron Man’". MTV. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  9. ^ Jason Lethert (2002-05-29). "Thor's Hammer to Drop on the Big Screen?". Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  10. ^ Stax (2004-12-13). "Goyer on Thor". IGN. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  11. ^ "Thor Hammers Sony". IGN. 2005-01-21. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  12. ^ Quint (2006-04-28). "Mark Protosevich is ordained by the gods to chronicle the trials and tribulations of the Mighty THOR!!". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  13. ^ Chris Carle (2006-07-03). "Comic-Con 2006: Marvel Announces Three". IGN. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  14. ^ Matthew Vaughn (2007-10-07). "My week: Matthew Vaughn". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  15. ^ Baz Bamigboye (2007-11-16). "Matthew sprinkles Stardust on the British film industry". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  16. ^ Marvel Entertainment (2008-05-05). "Marvel Studios Sets Four More Release Dates!". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  17. ^ Robert Sanchez (2008-09-08). "Is There a D.J. in Thor's Future?". IESB. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  18. ^ Michael Fleming (2008-09-28). "Branagh in talks to direct 'Thor'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-09-29. 
  19. ^ Score Notes (2007-10-07). "Ilan Eshkeri to Score Thor". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  20. ^ "Stardust Interview with Composer Ilan Eshkeri". Retrieved 2008-08-10. 

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