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  • 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-Shared Background: Sif is the lone female warrior in Thor's Five-Man Band. Her actress Jaimie Alexander had been one of few girls on her high school wrestling team.
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  • 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:
    • Thor and Loki share a friendly moment before Thor's coronation.
    • An extended scene introducing Sif and the Warriors Three before the coronation.
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    • Frigga also speaks with Thor before his coronation.
    • An extended scene of Thor, Loki, Sif and the Warriors Three deciding to go to Jotunheim. After agreeing to go, Loki orders a guard to inform Odin of their trip.
    • Frigga, angered by his decision to banish Thor from Asgard, confronts Odin and even raises her voice to the All-Father.
    • When Thor is taken to the hospital, Jane Foster, Darcy Lewis, and Erik Selvig deal with an inept admittance nurse, while ** Thor struggles with doctors and hospital security before being tranquilized.
    • The name Doctor Hank Pym is mentioned as Erik Selvig's colleague who had previous experiences with S.H.I.E.L.D.
    • Frigga tries to reassure her adopted child that he is loved and an integral part of the family, even going as far as making Loki king in his father's sleep and brother's absence.
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    • An extended scene of Thor and Erik Selvig having fun drinking together.
    • Thor makes breakfast for his human friends; meanwhile, Agents Cale and Garrett watch from a distance and report the occurrence. Then Thor takes one of Foster's coffee mugs to Isabel Alvarez to replace the one he broke. Sif and the Warriors Three arrive on Earth and head to Puente Antiguo. Volstagg knocks out Agents Cale and Garrett.
    • An extended scene of the townspeople evacuating.
    • While the Warriors Three and Sif battle the Destroyer in Puente Antiguo, Selvig is mortally injured. Thor has to heal him so that he can escape together with Jane Foster and Darcy Lewis. This act proved his worthiness for Mjølnir.
    • In an alternate deleted ending, while Jane and Darcy send a beacon of light into the sky for Thor, Erik Selvig works with a team of scientists hoping to create a Wormhole. He tells his team to coordinate S.H.I.E.L.D. data with data from S.W.O.R.D.
  • 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.
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  • First Appearance: In addition to introducing Thor and his world, we also get the first appearance of Hawkeye.
  • 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.
  • Quote Source: This film provides the page quote for:
  • Recycled Set: The set used for the town, was the same modernized town and set used for Silverado.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting:
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Idris Elba has said he takes roles in films like Thor because his daughter is a big fan of those types of movies.
  • 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.
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  • Uncredited Role: Joss Whedon directed the post-credits scene uncredited.
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  • Word of Saint Paul: 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."

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