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Trivia: Thor

  • Actor Allusion:
    • The Son of Coul asks Thor if he received his training with Special Forces. Chris Hemsworth was trained by a former Navy Seal for his role as the god of thunder.
    • Nick Fury talks about "unlimited power".
  • Deleted Scene: A few were shot that reinforced the ambiguity and depth of Loki's character, most notably one where Frigga officially passes the throne to him and he seems startled that he's expected to take it.
  • Dyeing for Your Art
    • Tom Hiddleston originally auditioned to play the title character and gained 20 lbs of muscle to help look the part. When it was decided he was better suited to play Thor's lean and dark brother Loki, he had to slim down and dye his (naturally blond) hair black.
    • Once he was cast as Thor, Chris Hemsworth, having never worked out before, underwent six months of training with a US Navy Seal and continued to gain so much muscle right up to filming that when he first put on his costume, it was too tight for him.
  • Easter Egg: If you look really closely, you can see The Infinity Gauntlet in the arsenal at the start of the movie. This ends up being a Call Forward to The Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe at large.
  • Enforced Method Acting: The scene where Loki briefly tries to intervene in Thor's banishment, but is silenced by a sort of roar from Odin was "unscripted genius[...] Terrifying. Magnificent." on Anthony Hopkins' part, and Tom Hiddleston's startled, shrinking reaction was not acting.
  • Fake Brit: Chris Hemsworth (Thor) is Australian, Jaimie Alexander (Sif) and Joshua Dallas (Fandral) are American.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • I Call It "Vera": Thor and Loki both wield named weapons: Mjölnir, the hammer, and Gungnir, Odin's spear. Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Phil Coulson, felt that he also should have a named weapon, so he christened his sidearm "Glockenspiel."
  • Playing Against Type: Film Directing: Kenneth Branagh, better known for Shakespearean films, took a turn at directing a superhero flick.
  • Star-Making Role: Tom Hiddleston was virtually unknown before playing Loki, and is now one of the online fandom's most beloved stars.
  • Throw It In:
    • Anthony Hopkins improvised his reaction to Thor's Calling the Old Man Out speech. Apparently, crew members were bursting into tears on the set during filming.
    • Odin's terrifying and definitely unscripted growl when Loki attempts to intervene deserves a mention by itself.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • BRIAN BLESSED was originally slated to play Odin. Zachary Levi of Chuck and Stuart Townsend had both been cast as Fandrall before Joshua Dallas took over. Alexander Skarsgård was also tested for the role of Thor, which would have made for an interesting dynamic considering his dad is playing Erik. Daniel Craig, and Channing Tatum were also considered for the role of Thor,.
    • Let's not forget that blue-eyed, blond-haired, 6'2", classically trained Tom Hiddleston originally auditioned for the role of Thor, even going so far as to put on 3.5 stone (that's 49 lbs!) of muscle for the part. He didn't get the role of Thor, but things turned out pretty okay for him regardless.
    • Not only does Titus Pullo play Volstagg, but Kevin McKidd (AKA Lucius Vorenus) was originally slated to play Dr. Donald Blake before the character was cut from the story. If he'd stayed in, Pullo and Vorenus would've gotten one hell of a reunion.
    • A scene was present in the original script where Loki did reveal himself to Laufey as his son. Laufey then admitted his Parental Abandonment of him. Therefore, Loki's antagonistic behaviour toward Laufey would have a more logical explanation.
    • Dr. Selvig offered Jane to contact his colleague for consultation about SHIELD when SHIELD confiscated Jane's equipment. Said colleague was actually Dr. Hank Pym and his name was initially going to be mentioned. But the filmmakers think it was too soon to mention Hank Pym, so his name ends up being unmentioned in the film.