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Thor Trailer: Scene Breakdown and Analysis

What does the newly released trailer tell us that we don't already know?

Paramount, Marvel and Odin have finally officially released the trailer to Thor. After an extended look that premiered at San Diego Comic-Con (which later was leaked online for less than a day), we now have the luxury of watching the trailer over and over to see if there is anything we can pick out of it. Kenneth Branagh has the task of telling the story of Asgardian warrior while also bridging the gap between the Iron Man films and 2012's The Avengers. Let's go through the trailer and see what more we can pull from it.

The film will be take place on Asgard and Midgard (Earth). It's unclear if the movie will begin on Asgard or if we'll see flashbacks as the trailer begins with Thor on Earth in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. 
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At first I thought the top view was of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in a holding facility run by S.H.I.E.L.D. Looking carefully you can see that in the center is Thor's hammer,  Mjolnir. At the end of Iron Man 2, we know that it somehow ends up in New Mexico. The structure was built around it and S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists are most likely trying to analyze it. You get a feel that it's even under quarantine.  

Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns and is trying to get some answers out of this mysterious stranger. At this point in the trailer, we're unsure how Thor ended up in his custody. Coulson is questioning where Thor received the training that allowed him to easily deal with his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. 


Again at this point, we have to assume that somehow Thor was in their custody and attempted to escape. He got pretty far but ended up back inside so Coulson could question him. Thor isn't usually portrayed as quite the hand-to-hand brawler but we'll soon find out why he's fighting in this manner. 

Throughout all of Coulson's questions, Thor just sits quietly refusing to answer. Or could it be that he can't answer the questions? Does he know who he is or how he got there? You'll also notice that he has a little scratch on his face. You wouldn't think a big tough Asgardian could get a scrape from humans, even if they were trained by S.H.I.E.L.D. This too is explained later when Odin (Anthony Hopkins) mentions stripping Thor of his powers. While Coulson is questioning Thor, it looks like he's just sitting in a chair without any restraints. After trying to escape, why is he willingly sitting there listening to his questions? 


Now we get a glimpse at the grandeur of Asgard and Odin's throne room. The room is full of Odin's guards and what looks like a lot of witnesses as Thor kneels before his father. Odin mentions the sacrifices he's made to maintain peace but Thor did something to jeopardize all of that. Thor may be kneeling before his father but you see a look of smugness on his face. The next scene cuts to Thor having some fun on a little adventure which is the source of Odin's wrath.


Thor and his companions have ventured off to the north in the land of the Frost Giants. Whether this trip was sanctioned by Odin is unclear. Based on Odin's anger we get the impression that Thor lead this little mission without his consent and was looking for a fight. 



Some of Thor's war party includes Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and Hogun (Tadanobu Asano). Odin's mentions that due to Thor's stupidity, Asgard has now become open to war. Thor and his comrades have a fierce battle and we get some glimpses at what appear to be small Frost Giants. 


During Thor's reprimand by his father, we see Heimdall (Idris Elba). Those eyes of his give him a creepy look. I always got the impression that he friends with Thor. The couple times he's shown in the trailer make me wonder what his intentions are. It could be that he is focused on his duty of guarding the Rainbow Bridge to Midgard. There could also be the fact that it's always awkward when a friend and their parents are having an argument in front of you. 


Speaking of arguing, Thor and Odin don't hold back. They may be gods but fathers and sons still have disagreements like humans. I'll admit I was a little shocked to hear Thor call Odin an old man and a fool. I suppose you can only take so much lecturing especially when it's in a throne room full of others. Regardless, Thor really ought to show Odin some respect.  

Here comes Loki (Tom Hiddleston). He was briefly seen with Thor and the others during their Frost Giant attack in the background. In a typical Loki manner, it looks as if he's trying to gain some favor while Thor is getting his lecture. Could he be trying to speak on behalf of his stepbrother or is he trying to work things in his favor? 

Did Odin sell tickets for this show? Everyone is here to witness Thor's punishment. As the yelling begins, we see Sif walk up next to Thor's mom, Frigga (Rene Russo). 

Chastising Thor in front of everyone isn't all Odin will do. He tells Thor that he is unworthy. We see Thor lose his cape and armor while he summons Mjolnir to his hand. Thor is about to be cast out of Asgard. If Odin is determined to take away Thor's power and possessions, it's unclear how and why Mjolnir ends up on Earth. Perhaps Odin sends it after Thor so that he can journey to become worthy of it and of returning to Asgard one day. 


Thor's trip to Midgard isn't a pleasant one. If he took the journey on the Rainbow Bridge, it's not as colorful as it is in the comics. Why he would be sent to the United States isn't clear. After Thor's impact from landing, it almost looks as if there's some sort of pattern on the ground next to him. It's at this point I started wondering again how the actual movie begins. Will it start off in Asgard and lead up to his question and answer session with Agent Coulson? 

Lucky for Thor, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is nearby when he has his crash landing. When Thor replies, "Oh no, this is Earth, isn't it?" his accent doesn't sound too...Asgardian. It's also peculiar that he chooses to say Earth over Midgard. It could be that he knows he's on Midgard but no one would know what he was talking about if he used that name. 

Now it's time to show off Thor's physique. Hemsworth has probably spent a bit of time with a trainer and the studio wants to make sure we're aware of that. This scene will most likely involve Jane being surprised and impressed by what he has to offer. What better way to start up the romance by giving Jane an opportunity to start drooling? 

The trailer is approaching the end so we start getting random scenes from different points in the movie. Heimdall likes to carry a big sword with him and we see him use it to summon an electrical show. This could be his way of opening the Rainbow Bridge. 

In an epic pose, we see Thor most likely boasting his accomplishments after attacking the Frost Giants. He's clearing saying look at me! This appears to be right before he bows down and faces Odin's wrath. 

Loki may be envious of his stepbrother but we see that he gets an accessory of his own. This giant staff will be put to use later when he has a little skirmish with Thor. 

The trailer continues to jump around as we see the Destroyer on Earth causing havoc. Is it a coincidence that the Destroyer ends up in the same town on Earth as Thor? The Destroyer was created by Odin but was used several times by Loki to try to put an end to Thor. We can assume that Loki has something to do with this attack on Earth. 

When Thor arrives on Earth, he doesn't have his armor or Mjolnir. This leads you to believe that after he arrives, the Destroyer attacks. Thor can't put a stop to it without his Asgardian powers. He most likely tracks down Mjolnir to where S.H.I.E.L.D. is keeping it, putting Thor up against the agents we see at the beginning of the trailer. 

Was Thor involved with Sif before he was banished to Earth? Because he was so selfish back on Asgard, having him fall for Jane is important as it will be the motivation he needs to reclaim his abilities and Mjolnir. It's up to Thor to stop the Destroyer and save the planet (where is Iron Man during all of this?). 

In another random scene towards the end, we see Loki standing up for himself. Prior to this, Loki seemed almost bashful in his scenes. Now he's showing his true colors while fighting Thor and wearing his horny helmet.   

Movie Plot Theory 

What does this trailer say about the movie's plot? The logical conclusion is the movie will begin on Asgard. We'll see the cocky and brash Thor craving action. He goes out looking for trouble and in doing so, starts up a war with Ymir (Colm Feore) and the Frost Giants. This enrages Odin who strips Thor of his powers and banishes him to Earth. Thor meets up with Jane Foster and begins to fall for her. The Destroyer is sent to Earth by Loki, looking to kill Thor. Thor has no choice but to infiltrate the S.H.I.E.L.D. location where they are attempting to study Mjolnir. Thor will not be worthy of reclaiming the power of Mjolnir but will eventually become worthy and Thor will put a stop to the destruction. Thor will be given the opportunity to return to Asgard but he'll choose to stick around with Jane instead. Somewhere along the line, Iron Man or Nick Fury will approach him about the Avengers Initiative and set things up for Thor to appear in The Avengers. 
 
If you want to see the trailer again, check it out on the video page or watch it below. 
  
   
Here's some more images to look at to see if you can find any other tidbits of information that I might have missed. 


After watching the trailer again and looking carefully at the images, have you changed you mind on the movie? What are your impressions of the movie at this stage?
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Posted by Ferro Vida

I have mixed feelings so far

Posted by Mercy_

LOVE

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Posted by The_Warlord

I was thinking of something similair

Posted by Precise

... dang he's buff.... o_O
 
Errr.. what? Oh yeah good breakdown xP

Posted by theiconic
@G-Man: awesome breakdown
Posted by Mercy_
@Precise said:
" ... dang he's buff.... o_O  Errr.. what? Oh yeah good breakdown xP "
Beardy muddy Thor. Mmmmmmmm. 
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Posted by Precise
@The Dark Huntress said:
" @Precise said:
" ... dang he's buff.... o_O  Errr.. what? Oh yeah good breakdown xP "
Beardy muddy Thor. Mmmmmmmm.  "
Back off sister :p
Posted by Mercy_
@Precise said:
" @The Dark Huntress said:
" @Precise said:
" ... dang he's buff.... o_O  Errr.. what? Oh yeah good breakdown xP "
Beardy muddy Thor. Mmmmmmmm.  "
Back off sister :p "
I will fight you for him! ;)
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Posted by Precise
@The Dark Huntress said:
" @Precise said:
" @The Dark Huntress said:
" @Precise said:
" ... dang he's buff.... o_O  Errr.. what? Oh yeah good breakdown xP "
Beardy muddy Thor. Mmmmmmmm.  "
Back off sister :p "
I will fight you for him! ;) "
Take your best shot xp
Posted by Mercy_
@Precise said:
" @The Dark Huntress said:
" @Precise said:
" @The Dark Huntress said:
" @Precise said:
" ... dang he's buff.... o_O  Errr.. what? Oh yeah good breakdown xP "
Beardy muddy Thor. Mmmmmmmm.  "
Back off sister :p "
I will fight you for him! ;) "
Take your best shot xp "
Knees him in the groin. ^_^
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Posted by G-Man
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Posted by Precise
@The Dark Huntress: ... hunches over... Low blow.. >_>
 
@G-Man: That was certainly a good breakdown as well ^_^ And doesn't reveal too much since it's all speculation.
Posted by Mercy_
@Precise: I will do anything to have beardy Thor. Face my wrath! xP
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Posted by Precise
@The Dark Huntress:  Fine, i'll take Ryan Reynolds xP
Posted by Mercy_
@Precise: NO, I WANT HIM, TOO! 
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Posted by Precise
@The Dark Huntress: Now you're just being greedy!!! >_<
Posted by Mercy_
@Precise: Nods as her mind drifts. 
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Posted by Danial79

I've had no interest in Thor in the past, but this film could well change that. I'm really looking forward to it! Only 4 months to wait :)

Posted by Lvenger

This does look awesome. Can hardly wait for 2011 will be a good year for superhero films. Nice trailer analysis btw G-Man

Posted by Sawcesome

Tempus!  Oh wait...wrong giant blond guy with a hammer.

Posted by queenfrost_

The graphics look stunning! :O

Posted by ComicCrazy

I think the trailer looked pretty good.
Posted by hitechlolife

This looks like it will be the first, suitably epic, 'super-heroic' film. 
By that I don't mean, film with superheros in it, or that TDK wasn't a masterpiece. 
What I mean is a modern god, brought to life on the big screen.  (Superemo Returns didn't cut it.).

Posted by spider-man 2996

Cannot wait
Posted by Myninjadon

To be honest, I believe this will be great.  The action looks great, graphics look great and I had no idea that Natalie Portman was in this.  I just didn't think she would be apart of a comic book movie in all her life.  And when was the last time she did a terrible movie.  She has style points in my book.  I am seeing this.  

Posted by Brickabrack

I think it will start with Thor waking up on Earth, getting imprisoned, fighting his way free, and then being questioned. This would lead to the audience getting treated to a flashback of the events that lead up to that point in time.
Posted by bingbangboom

We get our first glimpse, briefly, of Volstagg in the picture of Himdel using the sword with the lighting. You can see an opening toward the left of the picture and you see the silloette of a big fat guy. 

Posted by mavericksfan41
@Myninjadon said:
" To be honest, I believe this will be great.  The action looks great, graphics look great and I had no idea that Natalie Portman was in this.  I just didn't think she would be apart of a comic book movie in all her life.  And when was the last time she did a terrible movie.  She has style points in my book.  I am seeing this.   "
Don't forget she was already in the movie "V for Vendetta" back in 2006. It was a very good comic book movie also starring Hugo Weaving
Posted by Baron_Emo

Excellent breakdown, Tony. I agree with your plot theories. I can see it being told a bit out of order also.

Posted by Icemizer

I have a little more confidence in this after this trailer. Didnt think Hopkins had the size for Odin but his thunderous voice seems to pull it off. I now look forward to May. No 3D needed for me on this however.
Posted by hydrabob

IDK the story and action look great
but I don't think Chris got big enough for this
and his voice doesn't really feel very Thor, master of chivalry and old times

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

its like you just wachted the movie in 5 minutes o.o

Posted by difficlus

Looks like a solid movie...

Posted by spiderguylll

Thor is GOD

Posted by Dark King

i know i will be disappointed but i still wanna see it... (teary eyed) :(
 
To the Odison!!

Posted by etragedy

Is it just me or does anyone else think these new Marvel films seem to draw at least as much or more from the Mark Millar/Marvel Ultimates line than the classic Lee/Kirby versions of the characters, settings and look/feel?

Posted by doordoor123

No offense, but i think youre wrong. Looks can be deceiving.

Posted by Sobe Cin
@G-Man:

So ready to see this movie. And I'm honestly a lot more interested in seeing Thor than I am Green Lantern. I was a bit disappointed in the GL trailer, they made it look like an action comedy akin to Rush Hour- instead of a good action flick. And after seeing that trailer I wish Bradley Cooper had gotten the role.  
 
But Thor looks great, I am very pleased with their choice of actors for the roles. And I am very happy Branagh did not put in a wrestler for the role of Thor. Also looking forward to seeing Ray Stevenson's Volstagg.  
 
Posted by Chibi-Iroh

I cant wait to see this. Now the only trailer we are waiting on is Captain America.

Posted by ckal
@hydrabob said:
" IDK the story and action look great but I don't think Chris got big enough for this and his voice doesn't really feel very Thor, master of chivalry and old times "
Lol.
Posted by TypingKira

OMG! I can't wait! Not to mention that I absolutely love Natalie Portman!

Posted by kenundying

I don't know what to think! >.<

Posted by Hellos

I really loved watching Thor just level everything around him with a bolt of thunder smashing Mjolnir and the Destroyer just blasting everything.  
If all else fails this is enough to make me see the movie. :P 
 
Let the Nerd Gasms begin!
Posted by The Psyentist
@The Dark Huntress said:
" @Precise said:
" @The Dark Huntress said:
" @Precise said:
" @The Dark Huntress said:
" @Precise said:
" ... dang he's buff.... o_O  Errr.. what? Oh yeah good breakdown xP "
Beardy muddy Thor. Mmmmmmmm.  "
Back off sister :p "
I will fight you for him! ;) "
Take your best shot xp "
Knees him in the groin. ^_^ "
Go girl. ;) You can have Thor. I think I kind of want the scrawny little god of mischief... ahahahaha.
Posted by Agent9149

the beginning where the government guy is talking is really corny but the rest of the movie is really awesomly epic

Posted by Journey Into Chaos

I'm still hyped as ever.
Posted by Undeadpool

There was something about this trailer that seemed very...forced. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I'm not sure what to think of the movie now.

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Edited by Divine_Monkey

My interpretation of the trailer is a bit different: I think Thor came looking for his hammer to regain his powers. He fights his way through the Shield guards, but then finds that he can't lift the Hammer. He's not worthy (yet). In this depressed state of mind he probably let's the agents capture him without resistance. Not having his powers explains the injuries. It's a way to get the origin story without confusing non-comic book readers by adding Donald Blake to the mix. But the whole banishment and de-powering due to his arrogance, and locking the power to his hammer is right out of the comic book.

Posted by ForbushBug

I find this trailer's lack of Kat Dennings disturbing.

Edited by zmanm407

at 1:53 
Sif, Jane Foster and her friends and the Warriors Three are standing behind Thor 
perhaps they were sent to assist him in defeating the Destroyer?
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