The story starts of by introducing Thor in the realm Asgard of which his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) is king. Thor is rashly arrogant and when he invokes war between Asgard and their enemies the Frost Giants, Odin banishes him to Earth where he runs into physicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Back in Asgard, Thor's brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston aka. Jared Leto's doppelganger) takes over the realm while their father is incapacitated and makes new alliances with the Frost Giants. However, the real action is back on Earth where Thor is left as a mere mortal without his powers and his mighty hammer Mjolnir as he seeks to return to Asgard.
At first it seemed risky to adapt Thor into a live action feature, as it would be the first time magic is introduced in the Marvel Universe. And when actor Kenneth Branagh came on board to direct (Yes, he's the guy who played the goofy Gilderoy Lockhart in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"), comic book nerds clutched their seats in anxiety. Well we're glad to say that the weird combination indeed works for the movie, and audiences will find that the breathtaking landscape and magical electricity of Asgard, blends well to contrast with Earth's New Mexico; the bleak dessert town in which Thor is banished to. The visual effects are possibly Marvel Studios' best yet. This may be hard to believe when one thinks back to the impressive effects that were used to bring Iron Man and the Hulk to life on the big screen, but just wait until Asgard is revealed to the audience. Compared to other superheroes, Thor is possibly one of the hardest to be made convincing without coming across as completely ridiculous. The hammer, Mjolnir, convincingly flies through the air, returning to Thor, and the powers involved with the weapon, whether they be summoning thunder or creating tornados, are all just as equally impressive.