Yahoo Movies, how I envy you. The lucky ducks have gotten their hands on the first — repeat,FIRST — official image from Kenneth Branagh's Thor movie. Whatever they did to deserve it, I want to learn how to do it.
Thor has somehow managed to undergo filming for a couple of months with no real images, even fan snaps, coming out. Now Yahoo has the first image of Australian actor Chris Hemsworth as the Norse God of Thunder, Thor, and that's pretty awesome. The image shows a bit of Thor's armor, which looks remarkably similar to how it does in the Marvel comics and actually looks quite good. Unfortunately, without seeing anything else from the movie, we can't tell just how good the outfit looks. We have nothing to compare it to and, therefore, can't tell how well it fits into the universe and the film.
Even so, it's pretty damn cool to finally get our first look at Thor. Hemsworth seems to have the look (okay, I'm pretty much basing it on the hair and facial hair as it looks Ultimates-esque although Hemsworth looks younger) but, like I said, it's hard to tell from one still which focuses on only half of him. The other main factor in how well Hemsworth pulls off Thor will be how he sounds as Thor. He needs to be imposing, authoritarian, but also assuring as he's a God.
Branagh's Thor is the first big screen outing for the Norse God of Thunder. He's long been a favorite of many a Marvel reader and his transition to the big screen is being eagerly anticipated. Everyone just wants to know how this tale of gods will pan out on screen and within the existing universe. The film is set for a May 6, 2011 release and stars Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, and many more.