It wasn’t quite “the chop heard ’round the world” but fans are still abuzz about the battlefield footage from Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 8) that was shown at Comic-Con International last Saturday — specifically the climactic moment when Loki’s sword appears to lop off the outstretched right hand of the staggering thunder god.
Franchise star Chris Hemsworth missed the Hall H preview panel for the best of reasons (he’s in Hong Kong busy filming Cyber with director Michael Mann), but a few days later he still sounded disbelieving of the notion that 6,600 fans in Hall H had already watched final-stage footage of key scenes that he himself has yet to see.
“Is that the footage they showed? I haven’t seen it yet. I’m trying to get hold of it somehow. I wish I could have been there. I can’t say too much more about it. But I will tell you that’s not the worst thing that he has to worry about along the way.”
If Thor does indeed lose his hand, he wouldn’t be the first hero to give their right hand a peaked moment of drama; there’s the Skywalker family, of course, as well as Ash Williams of the old Evil Dead films; the angry (or silly?) version of Aquaman; Captain Hook from Peter Pan; and David Tennant’s Time Lord from Doctor Who (although he just grew a new one).
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten Jaime Lannister, the feared swordsman of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels and played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on the HBO adaptation, Game of Thrones. Sir Jaime the Kingslayer lost his hand in an April episode that left fans gasping. (Sir Jamie’s torturer was a sadistic lord named Locke, which might be the High Valyrian translation of Loki?)
There’s a wide divide between the Kingslayer and the Odinson in the areas of ethics, morality and maximum bench press, but Sir Jaime and Thor do share traits — they are both blond warriors of legendary prowess, each shares blood with a king, and both try to keep an eye on his less physical but exceptionally conniving brother.
“That’s a good point, wow, that never struck me,” said Hemsworth, a fan of Thrones even before The Dark World director Alan Taylor emigrated from small-screen Westeros to big-screen Asgard. “There’s a strange parallel there.”
Time will tell if the severed hand of Thor represents a major Hollywood departure from the core Marvel Comics mythology of the hero or something less permanent. But, with a winking tone, Hemsworth sounded like a viking soul as far as making the best of the situation. ”Maybe I will have to learn to use the hammer with the left hand, you know? Or I was thinking of maybe just attaching it. I could ram it straight down into the stump. That would be very Game of Thrones in approach.”