First Look: Chris Hemsworth as Thor

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No preamble here: the chap seen above is Chris Hemsworth decked out in costume as the star of Marvel’s upcoming film Thor. See a full image after the break.

This photo comes courtesy of Yahoo.

I like it. I’m sure there will be complaints that Hemsworth doesn’t look big enough, but when I see this picture, I see Thor. That’s all I need. Granted, OK, the costume looks more plastic than metal, but since I don’t know what the various elements of the costume are meant to be, in the movie’s logic, I’ll hold off worrying about that, too.

I’d like to see a full shot of Hemsworth, including the hammer, the helmet, and some lightning just for good measure. But as a first taste this is pretty good. And it’s a sign that, while Iron Man has represented the lighter side of the Marvel equation, Thor is likely going to be a more serious, brooding affair. Hopefully not too much so, but the film is about a guy learning humility, after all.

Here’s ye olde synopsis again, in case you’ve already forgotten what Thor is about. The film opens on May 6, 2011.

The film follows the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

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