Trivia / Thor


  • Ability over Appearance: In the comics, Heimdall is pretty covered up, but still visibly Caucasian. For the film, however, Kenneth Branagh chose to cast very much black Idris Elba. Fan controversy over his choice led to this quote:
    "If you have a chance to have a great actor in the part, everything else is irrelevant."
  • 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".
  • Actor-Shared Background: Sif is the lone female warrior in Thor's Five-Man Band. Her actress Jaime Alexander had been one of few girls on her high school wrestling team.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Natalie Portman's words on accepting the role - before even being offered a script - were "Kenneth Branagh doing Thor is super weird. I've got to do it." As Jane's character was developed, Portman jumped at the chance to play a lady scientist too.
  • Dark Horse Casting: The casting of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, whose most famous roles back then were bit parts at most, in the lead male roles was very unexpected at the time.
  • Deleted Role: Adriana Barraza had a sizeable supporting role as the diner owner Izabella Alverez. Most of her scenes were cut and she only appears once in the final film. Kenneth Branagh sent a letter of apology to the actress.
  • 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 and actually cut off circulation to his legs.
  • 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. Anthony Hopkins (Odin) is Welsh.
  • 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 decided that his Glock 17 was "Glockenspiel."
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki, can nail cold, calculating and manipulative like nobody's business. In real life, he comes across as very sweet, enthusiastic and clearly delighted with his job and can barely contain his glee when gushing about his costars and genuinely appreciates his fans. Stan Lee has described him as "the sweetest, nicest guy you could ever meet".
  • The Other Marty: Stuart Townsend was cast as Fandral but replaced by Josh Dallas days before filming began.
  • Playing Against Type: Film Directing: Kenneth Branagh, who's better known for Shakespearean films, took a turn at directing a superhero flick. This is apparently because he was a fan of the comic as a child.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Dakota Goyo and Ted Allpress who play Thor and Loki as children respectively really do resemble Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston.
  • Star-Making Role:
    • This is the film that put Chris Hemsworth on the map for most American and foreign audiences, although he has struggled with some of his non-Marvel films.
    • Tom Hiddleston was virtually unknown worldwide before playing Loki, and is now one of the online fandom's most beloved stars.
    • While Idris Elba had already made a name for himself on television with The Wire and Luther, his film career really took off after the release of this movie.
  • 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.
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