The new Thor movie trailer is making the rounds online.
Here’s a link to a Yahoo article with the video clip for the new Thor trailer.
I always think it’s interesting to see how people react to this type of stuff, so here are a few random comments just from a single Yahoo article — I’d think there are thousands of people commenting on the Thor trailer today. A lot of the comments are interesting on several different levels (good and bad), but most of them are are so full of typos it’s hard to include them. And the majority are “Holy Sh&^%t, thiz iz GRATE!!!” or “This sucks worse than Howard the Duck,” but it’s still a fun glimpse into the general public’s reaction.
The big controversy seems to be that Thor is an “alien” not a god, but I’m not sure (and I don’t care) if that’s the case so I didn’t include too many of those comments; 3D sucks; Natalie Portman is hot; and the big brouhaha seems to be over one of the Viking characters being black. I included a bunch of those remarks below — an interesting glimpse into our culture.
Here’s my comment that I just added on Yahoo:
In my opinion Thor was an idea Jack Kirby presented to Stan Lee (Aug. 1962). My guess is that Lee wanted to make it clear to Kirby that at Marvel the writers (Stan Lee and his brother Larry) got paid to write the text, and the artists were only going to get paid for the artwork — so Lee had his brother Larry type out a script based on a Kirby/Lee story conference, then Jack illustrated his own story filtered through Lee/Lieber.
One thing I find funny about the movie trailer: I love how Australian has become the de facto accent for ancient European characters. Russell Crowe in Gladiator being the best example that pops to mind. I guess filmmakers feel the Australian vernacular is considered somewhere between Elizabethan English and American English, so it has a kind of exotic sound.
At least it looks like Thor isn’t going to use the fake Stan Lee pseudo-Shakespearian “Forsooth, verily methinks I will smash thee with mine hammer,” etc. babble. I can’t imagine going to a theater to see this thing, but I’ll check it out when it’s on-demand.
First ‘Thor’ Trailer Unveils a Different Breed of Superhero
by: Matt McDaniel
Fri Dec 10 2010
Random comments from December 10 – 11 2010:
Scorpy: Hmm….all the minorities are bad guys again. It’s another white man saves the day film. Yawn..
Michael: Friggin’ Awesome. I don’t really care much that the story has been modified from the comics/ it would be @#$% near impossible to put 48 years of comic history into a 2 hour movie without making it 100 hours long or something. looks like a good story with a whole bunch of humility and @#$% kicking thrown in. I want to escape from reality for a few hours when I go to the movies. This one will do it.
Kent: Thor was my favorite comic book. This looks beyond stupid – won’t be seeing it.
Jeff: The minute I saw the actors and plot I knew it was going to trite, formulaic, and not faithful to the comic book. I sense another GI Joe fiasco.
Jack D: Its too bad they casted a black guy as a Norse god. They would never cast a White guy as a Chinese emperor or remake Shaka Zulu staring a blond haired blue eyed tribal elder. Sometimes things are just too politically correct for their own good.
Scorpy: Jack D, you ignorant fool. Mickey Rourke is going to play Chinese Emperor Genghis Khan next year. Asians get screwed by Follywood always. At least Thor is white.
tati: this will beyond suck it makes the first hulk film look like a classic.
Stuartsmith: Hey Matt, It was not the studios grand idea that these superheros live or exist in the same universe, it was the creators Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby many many years ago before there was a marvel movie studio.
Win: black & asian asgardians?? what, no mexicans allowed in asgard?? I thought they only do that in arizona thats hollywood for ya. ALWAYS gotta put a token _ _ _ _ _
DRislegend: they made natalie ‘s boobs a little larger lol.
Walt: I’ve been looking forward to this since that halcyon day back in the dim past referred to as the 1960’s when I read my first issue of Marvels “Journey into Mystery”. It was issue # 91 if memory serves. I’ve been hooked ever since. Now hopefully this will be a great interpretation of one of my favorite Marvel heroes, but after reading the article, I’m not sure that I’m going to be to plea.
Phil Rowbott: Looks lame. This may be the beginning of the end for these “superhero” movies. We all need a break anyway. The movie poster is cool though.
notadjfor1: man, stan lee is a making a killing these days. what comic book character of his will be in the movies next?
Pako Monsivais: looks gay.
Blake Edward Adams: Doesn’t look like Asgard at all. He doesn’t even look Danish.
David: Lets see, black Nordic gods, as well as Asians in Asgard, not to mention Jewish females. Thats not Asgard. Thats Judeo-liberalism run riot!.
Arcadian: they have already ruin it, by straying away from stan’ lee original story of thor. like they have all other marvel releases. TRUE BELIEVERS!!! Stand Forth!!!
Tyler: @#$% is a black dude doing in a movie about Norse Mythology? Apparently they have affirmitive action laws in Asgard!! LOL.
Diante: whoa they got destroyer in this movie oh i’m waisting ever penny to see this yo.
Neuro: It’s just going to be a bunch of hammer jokes. “It’s hammer time!” “Dude, let’s get hammered!” “I totally hammered that chick!” “STOP. HAMMER TIME.”
Pietro: Marvel has proven on many occasions that they are sell outs and are very disconnected from their fans, no matter how die hard those fans are. I’m still going to see this, even though I’m not a Thor fan, but I won’t be surprised if I’m disappointed.
WS: Granted I am basing this on the comic-book Thor,but this looks all wrong.I don’t recall Thor having a beard,and his clothes were not leather but more synthetic and brighter,similar to Superman’s.Typical modern Hollywood,they like their heroes scruffy and somewhat ugly,surrounded by an atmosphere of dreary dark faux-medievalism.We are not amused..
By Our Example: Thor was good, but I was always a fan of Kid Colt and The Two Gun Kid myself. But I guess they don’t make westerns anymore.
brendan d: Nothing like a black viking to ruin a movie based on Norse mythology. Thanks PC police! lol.
Brandon: Hate to be a geek but their interpretation is correct. In Marvel, Thor and the gods are actually aliens, not actual gods. That’s on point.
Twitch: Aww! Everyone is getting all butt-hurt over this. Don’t you little twats understand that there are multiverses within the Marvel Universe. No? Well there is! So shut up!
alouette1977: Too many people on here are spouting off without knowing the Marvel Comics version of Thor – they are combining aspects of his classic & current look, with parts of his characters from their Ultimate line. Thor has a beard sometimes, and his design has gone away from superhero-like to more stylized armour in the last several years. Marvel Studios is financing and controlling this; not Hollywood.
Sforzando: Natalie Portman’s boobs in 3D? Count me in.
KISSman: Wow — I couldn’t be less excited. This preview made Green Lantern preview actually look good in comparison. Oh well, looks like our only hope of a good superhero movie in 2011 lies with Captain America..
Jim: How come the chicks who always randomly run into these central characters are always smoking hot? I live in Texas, if anyone came to my rescue in the desert, it would be some fat slob chick.
JP: “The studio’s grand idea is that both the Thor and Iron Man exist in the same universe…” Uh, I’m pretty sure that was Marvel’s idea from way back. Their characters (and DC’s likewise) were always in the same universe. Journalism School must not be hard.
Harley2002: Couple bong loads sneak in some rum and it will be awesome. Otherwise same old crap from an industry with no imagination left. Think I will put in To Kill A Mockingbird with Gregory Peck and see real acting….
Hunter: I never realized there were africans and eastern asians in norse mythology. LOL Can you imagine making a movie about tribal african gods and portraying some as european or eastern asian? Of course not. Political correctness rules this time and place. I know it’s very hard to believe but Loki, Odin, Thor, and Baldur were actually gasp scandanavians. . I know, I know, I’m a racist. sigh.
Mike R: “Thor defeated by Hercules???? NEVER!!!” I’ll never forget that line from a double length comic I bought when i was probably 8 or 9. Thought it was the greatest thing ever…and it was! I’m lovin’ it. Now if they can only do something better with Fantastic Four.
Paul Norse: mythology is in itself so fascinating that there is no need to mix it with Hollywood schlock and other Marvel comicss! To me, although maybe creative, it pollutes the beauty of the Norse world of Gods which has boundless creative possibilities. Again the mindset of a certain click of people based mostly in California has imprinted itself on our youth!.
Brian: It’s a movie and the want everybody’s money.There were African warlords,Asian warlords,and Hispanic warlords,etc.If you have a problem why don’t you make a movie and stop whining.
JimL: this isn’t the real thor. in the original the human side of him was a crippled doctor who used a cane to walk. then when need be he would slam the cane on the ground and turn into the thunder god. it would have to be played by two different actors…. the original was a much better story…. i guess they didn’t ask stan lee his opinion.
Najee: I was distracted by the industrial/rock-oriented music, that sounds like a leftover track from the Wolverine or Iron Man movies. I would have thought the musical score would have been more operatic for a movie with Norse god-type characters.
hector Boy: they are really trying to push 3D on everyone. ………
rotarooter: Is anyone else bothered by this: Feige says that the backstory is Thor is from a race of otherworldly beings who ……. arrived on our planet in Scandinavia a thousand years ago. So essentially the Gods created an aryan race of tall blonds? Haven’t I heard this somewhere before? Sounds like covert white supremacist propaganda braided into the story. Why couldn’t have the Gods landed in Uganda?.
Al: Since when does Thor call Earth by the name Earth? He would say Midgard. Oboy. Not a good sign.
Dave: Uh oh, here we go again with the “racial’ card. Thor is based on Norse Mythology. Most educated people (unlike rotarooter) would know that the Norse mythos came from the Scandinavian/Viking culture. There is absolutely no parody here to white supremecy and/or any other racial undertones.
ks: rotarooter your an idiot. Thor is a mythalogical Norse god as in from Scandanavian mythology. I don’t see alot of black Scandanavians or Vikings so why would they want a black actor portray a white mythalogocal god? Enough is enough with the race card give it a rest. Do we see the hispanics clamoring for a speedy gonzales movie? Next you will want a black actor to portray Bruce Lee in a film.
Eagles Hater: Why is Heimdall and Hogun not white????????
emrys: yeah, norse mythology all “PC’D up” to be correct. if you scan the “norse pantheon” in the film you will notice it has been very nicely “integrated” with asians, africans and latinos so it doesn’t look “too white” and “nordic” @#$%!?!? THIS is the one time where everyone being white is actually PROPER. Loki it at least part asian in this rendition.
Brendon: What IS racist are people that watch an innocent film trailer, and see only white people. Don’t question the cast or the movie, question your closed mind and hampered eyes. Seeing past a person’s color starts from within, not from the other side of the fence.
Brendon: The Marvel Universe has plenty of black superheroes. The problem is, marketabiliy. The Falcon… Hardly anyone remembers who he is so who would go see his movie? Blade? That was a great one, so hence the 2 sequals. Now Nick Fury becoming black isn’t that big of a deal, besides, who wouldn’t want to see Samual Jackson on any movie set? But that doesn’t mean the comic world is racist.
stevew: Enough with the 3D allready. 3D sucks..
Fowardpass: Thor is a Norse god. From Norse mythology. He was not created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby . Thay just brought him to the comic pages.