Director Kenneth Branagh brings gravitas to the mythical aspect of the Cinematic Universe with Thor, wielder of the star-forged hammer Mjolnir and heir to the realm of Asgard. When his coronation is interrupted by the return of the Frost Giants, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) defies his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), by breaking peace with their realm. For this, Odin strips Thor of his power and banishes him to Earth where he is struck by the charm, and the vehicle, of astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).
When Thor is arrested by the ever-vigilant S.H.I.E.L.D., Foster’s mentor Dr Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) frees him to fend off the magically animated armour dispatched by his endlessly scheming brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). In the closing credits scene, Nick Fury reveals the Tesseract to Selvig, introducing the first of the Infinity Stones, objects central to the unfolding Universe and to Loki’s scheming.
During the exhibition ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, the Gallery of Modern Art’s Australian Cinémathèque screens all the films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including Thor 2011. This is a great opportunity to see the films which have inspired the exhibition and see never-before-seen set pieces.
‘Your ancestors called it magic, and you call it science. Well, I come from a land where they are one and the same thing.’
Thor to Jane Foster
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Film notes by Dan Cameron
Feature image: Installation view of ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA