New Thor Movie Rumors Regarding Donald Blake
Now that it's officially 2009, we're hoping Marvel will finalize all the details for their upcoming movies, including casting. But until we see those announcements, we'll have to keep the discussions going based on scoops and rumors. In relation to the upcoming Thor movie, IESB has provided an interesting update today. First off, they confirm that Kenneth Branagh will be acting in the film in addition to directing it, as a throwback to Jon Favreau's appearance as Happy Hogan in Iron Man. Additionally, they're reporting that Donald Blake, Thor's mortal altar ego, has apparently been recently written into the end of the script.
As we all know, Marvel is leading three of its upcoming movies (Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America) into The Avengers movie in July of 2011. While we've already seen the very realistic world in which Iron Man is set, the problem is that the Thor movie would be supposedly set in Thor's native land of Asgard, which is a mythical city from Norse mythology. So if the entire movie takes place during that time and in that location, how would they eventually connect it with the modern real world Avengers? Apparently the script has recently had a re-write that now includes a modern Donald Blake in it somewhere at the end.
So how will all of this work? For those that may be somewhat unfamiliar with the comics, in them, Thor's father Odin decides that his son needs to be taught humility and consequently places Thor into the body of a partially disabled medical student named Donald Blake. After becoming a doctor and thoroughly believing himself to be Blake, he later discovers Thor's disguised hammer and learns to change back and forth into the Thunder God. My best guess is that the Thor movie might take place half in Asgard, half in the real world, with Thor eventually being sent to Earth as Donald Blake where he later finds the hammer again.
Take this all as a rumor at the moment, however, I have a feeling Marvel wants to keep the story very close to the comics in every way, which means this would make a lot of sense. The more I hear about Thor, the more excited I get. Now we just need to find out who Branagh has cast as Thor and we'll be good to go for its July 16th, 2010 release! For those much more familiar with the comics, does this sound like a good idea?