Can you believe we are almost about one month away from [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) hitting theaters on May 1st? I recently wrote about The Hulk, and dubbed him my favorite Avenger. I still hold that to be true, but like I said in the Hulk article, I had no intention to belittle any of the others.
That's why I'm giving some love to Thor here, and listing off a few cool facts about arguably the most handsome of the bunch.
Let's go. It's hammer time.
1. Chris Hemsworth, although perfect as Thor, wasn't the original casting option
Other people who were approached to play Thor includes Brad Pitt, Kevin McKidd, Channing Tatum and even wrestler Triple H. Daniel Craig said, "What am I, on some stupid fucking power trip? I can't imagine…blonde hair and a big hammer," when he was offered the role in 2008.
2. Tom Hiddleston originally auditioned for Thor before losing lots of weight and going for the Loki role
Tom Hiddleston wanted the Thor role originally before grabbing the role as his brother, Loki. He was inspired by Cassius from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. He went on a strict diet to make sure he had a "lean and hungry" appearance.
3. Thor first appeared in comics in 1962, and this was the artwork for it
4. The original storyline to include Donald Blake for the Thor movie adaptation got scrapped
Originally, the plan for Thor's movie adaptation was to include his human alter-ego, Donald Blake (to the right above). Blake was a crippled American doctor. In the comics, Blake stumbles upon a walking stick in a cave in Norway and becomes the God of Thunder. As a nod to the comics, Jane Foster gives Thor the false identity of 'Donald Blake' in an early scene.
5. The cruddier version of Thor that almost was...
There was nearly a made-for-TV movie before Marvel's Thor that was going to come out as early as 2000. It was going to be produced by UPN, which we all know wasn't the most successful of networks. Wrestler Tyler Mane was approached for the role but the product never materialized. He later played Sabretooth in the first X-Men movie.
6. An apple a day keeps the doctor away... and it keeps you buff and powerful, in Thor's case
Thor and his crew aren't actually Gods. They're super powerful beings who consider themselves to be Godlike... they're not immortal. In the comics, Thor and his fellow Asgardians keep up their vigour and power by regularly eating the Golden Apples of Idunn.
7. Chris Hemsworth had to eat like a mad-man for the role
Hemsworth's diet for the role consisted of eggs, chicken, brown rice, steak and protein drinks. Sounds at first delicious, but upon further inspection, eating only protein and the occasional small amount of brown rice would probably start to get kind of old pretty fast.
8. Goats from the comics that pulled Thor around cosmically got left out of the movies... probably for good reason
The movie's creators kind of realized that no matter how they adapted this from the comics, it wouldn't really work on big screen. It's admittedly a pretty strange image in comic form already, but farm animals pulling around Chris Hemsworth through space is probably too much to conceive even for some of the most creative folks in Hollywood.
9. Jim Carrey was long rumored to play Loki
Could that have worked?
10. They constructed an entire town in New Mexico for Thor
In the first Thor movie, the town where Thor settles temporarily with Jane Foster, Erik Selvig, and Darcy Lewis wasn't a real town - it was constructed by set designers in Galisteo, New Mexico, to serve as a fictional location for the film. Of course, Destroyer Armour wrecked most of it anyway.
11. Kenneth Branagh Used Tilted Angles To Resemble Comic Book Panels
"One unifying thing, which I had to do some persuading to get away with, was canted angles. I moved the camera a little lopsidedly, both up in Asgard and down here (on Earth), to evoke what I would call a comic book style, where the panels are coming at you, the characters are busting out.”