New 'Thor' trailer: Director Kenneth Branagh talks trio of villains -- EXCLUSIVE

The new trailer for Marvel Studios’ Thor (out May 6) starts not with booming explosions, but some laughs. It seems Thor (Star Trek‘s Chris Hemsworth) is swinging his hammer toward our funny bone.

This involves the god-hero getting tazed, Natalie Portman raising her eyebrows doubtfully as she tells the hospital his “name,” and Kat Dennings Facebooking the Marvel character’s voracious appetite for PopTarts.

Then things get heavy. Check it out below: 

As you can see, the new trailer also giving us the first sustained look at the trio of villains he will face on his humbling mission to protect Earth (thanks for turning on the charm, Natalie Portman). First: Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston, whom we’ll see more of in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse), a bitter sibling out to undercut Thor and usurp their father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). “A brother who is unhappy is a dangerous relative to have,” director Kenneth Branagh tells EW. (Yes, that Kenneth Branagh.)

Villain No. 2 is a bit frostier. “The story involves a clash with an ice planet,” says Branagh, “and the frost giants who live therein. They — as might be suggested by the name — are enormous creatures of incredible power who have been robbed of their power and glory by Odin, Thor’s father. What fuels a lot of this intense battle is revenge. This is an angry race, trying to get back at Thor and the Asgardians, the self-proclaimed guardians of the universe.”

The final villain is “an incredible war machine known as The Destroyer,” Branagh says. That’s the massive, metal giant whose face opens up to reveal projectile hellfire. “This series of metal bands form a giant, walking beast and open to reveal terrifying firepower,” he says, and the ruler of Asgard controls it. (Although maybe it responds to “Klaatu Barada Nikto“?)

“In the right hands, this incredibly powerful device — awesome in its killing quality — is potentially a creature of extraordinary protective powers,” says the director. “In the wrong hands, it is a nightmare.”

Check back on tomorrow morning for more from Branagh on how he went about humanizing the taciturn Norse god.

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  • Chichi

    This looks like it is going to give Flash Gordon a run for awesome awfulness!

    • Webster

      Good lord, Thor is friggin’ hot. I wanna suck on his hammer.

      • me too

        love his hammer!

      • Caracticus

        Take a number. I’m first.

    • LOL

      Is that Robocop 2 vs. Thor toward the end?

    • Summer Bay

      Considering Branagh was one of the worst villains in movie history in Wild Wild West, i’ve decided not to listen to him on this subject.

      • Thor

        Branagh wasn’t in Wild Wild West!

      • Thor

        Oops, I’m Wrong (as always), only seen the movie once, never did realize it was him.

    • RafMaf

      Finally, a man that looks as if he doesn’t follow Justin Bieber on twitter is an action hero.

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    Hrm…well Thor can’t act but at least he is nice to look at!

    • Kat

      Can’t comment on his acting (though I did love him in Star Trek…that beginning always makes me cry) – but seriously, that man is GORGEOUS. And his voice is delicious. Completely, completely sexy.

      • chase

        Who is he in S.T.?

      • He Geek She Geek

        Kirk’s doomed daddy

    • Kazu

      You know wats weird a popular girl at my scoohl was listening to this song. it just goes to show we all feel like we’re not good enough sometimes. i love this song, because it helps me love myself even for the stuff i don’t like about myself! Thanks Pink:)

  • melissa

    why is the video already removed?

  • Christopher

    I don’t know about Portman or Dennings, but seeing a Celestial styled the way Jack Kirby drew them is frikkin’ awesome…

    • Rock Golf

      Actually, the metal-man is The Destroyer, but, yes, he’s very much in the original King Kirby style.

  • Harry

    Natalie looks like she is gonna be awful in this movie. Stop playing the damsel in distress already; it does not suit you.

    • Harry

      Note: By “damsel in distress” I mean the hero’s romantic interest, like in Star Wars. I am not referring to her turn as the Black Swan.

      • Chris

        Her astonishing performance in Black Swan has put her in a new league and it’s a shame to see her returning to the more run-of-the-mill stuff where she always looks lost and bored.

  • Ann

    Thor/Liam hemsworth looks like sabertooth from x-men.

    • Eve

      His name is Chris not Liam =S….

  • John

    After all the ominous music and the “you don’t know what you’ve unleashed”, the big bad monster looks quite anticlimactic. He looks as scary and menacing as a popsicle.

  • Robin

    I actually think this movie could totally rock. Wasn’t expecting much initially, but the trailers have me pretty psyched.

    • ew-bot

      I concur.

  • Jon

    I think it’s trying to move ahead of “Ghost Rider” as the worst comic-book adaptation in history. The only impressive thing in that trailer is Thor’s pecs.

    • Jay

      Uhm… Daredevil has that distinction already.
      I’ll watch Cage’s Ghost Rider over THAT any day

    • Major Kim

      Actually, wasn’t “Howard the Duck” the worst comicbook adaptation in history, or was that only for the 20th century?

  • Harry a

    Cool cant wait

  • party hand

    Trailer was f*cking awesome.

  • Tired of idiots

    Shut up ! Shut up !! Shut Up!!!!!!!! For all of you negative commenting fanboys. What would make you winers happy. They are making a Thor movie, shut the hell up and be happy.

    • Jamaaliver

      Sorry chief. But this looks terrible. Q:What would make me happy? A:Making comic book movies that are actually good.

      • Anon

        Stop judging the quality of a movie before you see it. The quality of a movie cannot be decided by the trailer.

  • rhaben

    Thor was my favorite hero back in the 60s & 70s. I’m so glad that he has been rediscovered! From what I see in the trailer, this looks great and true to the feel of the old comics. I am GOING to see this movie!!!

  • Steve

    That was awesome

  • IKilledJennySchecter

    I gotta say I don’t usually go for superhero movies, but this one is directed by Kenneth Branagh so I’m really excited. C’mon, he did something really cool with “Henry V” back in the day. I looks fun. “Bring me another!” Hilarious.

    • Tonia

      If Kenneth Branagh directed it then I’m going to see it. Although in this latest trailer I could’ve sworn that the Kraken morphed into some land creature!

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