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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Thor can be found here.

Exiled by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) for his arrogance and desire to drag Asgard into a war with the frost giants of Jtunheim, crown prince Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is banished to Earth to live amongst humans. Aided by three astronomers—Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård), and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings)—Thor searches for his hammer and the right to bear Mjolnir as a worthy successor to the throne. Unknown to Thor, however, this entire scenario was spearheaded by his trickster brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who aspires to the crown while Thor is banished and Odin lies deep in sleep.

Thor is based on a character created by comic book writers, artists, and editors Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. He debuted in the August 1962 issue of Journey Into Mystery (#83). Thor, the film, is the fourth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and is the first to feature Thor as a starring character. It is followed by Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Thor: Ragnarök (2017). Marvel's Thor also appears in The Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

Only some of them. All cinematic material made under the Marvel Studios banner, e.g., Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk (2008), Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), are all set in the same universe (known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe), with the characters crossing over (most notably SHIELD personnel—Fury, Coulson, Romanoff or Barton), culminating in The Avengers (2012) which ties these films together. Marvel Studios also owns/owned The Punisher and Blade, however The Punisher (2004), Punisher: War Zone (2008), Blade (1998), Blade II (2002) and Blade: Trinity (2004) are/were not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Other Marvel-based films owned by other studios are not set in the MCU, due to differing ownership. This includes, for example: Spider-Man (2002) and Ghost Rider (2007) (both owned by Sony); X-Men (2000), Fantastic Four (2005), and Daredevil (2003) (all owned by Fox). A comprehensive list of MCU titles can be found here.

SHIELD Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), has a cameo in the scene after the credits, similar to his appearance in Iron Man (2008). In this scene he shows Erik the Cosmic Cube, foreshadowing events in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), much like the scene in Iron Man 2 did for Thor. SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson, who was introduced in the Iron Man films, plays a considerably larger role in this film as the person in charge of studying Thor's hammer. Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), a.k.a. Hawkeye, appears as one of the SHIELD agents trying to stop Thor from getting his hammer back. The big, muscular black agent who briefly fights with Thor in this scene has also been acknowledged by fans as Luke Cage (though he may not be). All of these characters (except the supposed Cage) appear in The Avengers (2012).

(1) Erik tells Jane and Darcy of a fellow scientist he once knew who studied gamma rays and who came into contact by SHIELD who then went missing shortly afterwards. As this movie is a setup for The Avengers, he is like referring to Bruce Banner, the Hulk, although it could be Hank Pym or Betty Ross but neither of them are in The Avengers movie. Also, both Erik and Banner will be in The Avengers movie and so could have a "reunion" scene. (2) The special SHIELD agent at the crater site with the compound-bow 'n' arrow who has Thor in his sights is Clint Barton, a.k.a Hawkeye. (3) The big, strongly-built black agent who fights with Thor in the scene previously mentioned could be Luke Cage, or a reference to this character. (4) When the Destroyer first appears and is surrounded by the SHIELD agents, one SHIELD agent asks Agent Coulson, "Is that one of Stark's?", to which he replies, "I dunno. That guy never tells me anything." They are of course referring to Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man. (5) Nick Fury appears in the post-credits sequence.

Asking for Jane's forgiveness, Thor uses Mjolnir to destroy the Bifrost Bridge in order to close the portal between the worlds and keep Loki from destroying Jtunheim. The bridge begins to crumble, causing Thor and Loki to fall off. But Odin, having awakened from his sleep, manages to grab hold of Thor's leg, and Thor grabs onto Loki's staff. As the brothers hang there, Loki tries to assure Odin that he could have been successful, but Odin says, "No." Dismayed by Odin's disapproval, Loki releases his hold on the staff and allows himself to fall into the abyss. Some days later, while the castle feasts, Sif (Jaimie Alexander) asks Frigga (Rene Russo) how Thor is doing, and the Queen replies that he mourns for his brother and misses the mortal woman. Meanwhile in New Mexico, Jane, Erik, and Darcy notice that the portal's gateway has disappeared. Thor admits to his father that he has a lot to learn but hopes that someday he will make Odin proud. Odin puts his hand on Thor's shoulder and replies, "You've already made me proud." In the final scene, Thor and Heimdall (Idris Elba) stand on the Asgardian side of the broken bridge. Thor bemoans that Earth is lost to them, but Heimdall replies, "No, there is always hope," and reveals that Jane is working in her lab and searching for him.

Following the credits is a short scene, a lead-in to The Avengers. Erik meets with SHIELD Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who shows him briefcase containing a device that he says could be a source of unlimited power. Loki's reflection suddenly appears in a nearby mirror, and he whispers to himself, "Well, I guess that's worth a look." Erik says the same thing to Nick Fury.

Stan Lee does make a short cameo in the film. He is a truck driver at the crater where Mjolnir landed.

In the Marvel Universe, Asgard is actually another dimension with extensive lands and continents reaching well beyond Valhalla. In the comics there have been Asgardians with East Asian features so the idea of one with black features isn't as outrageous, since it's only one of multiple races among humans and Asgardians. The Vikings worshiped the Asgardians as gods due to their fantastic powers, though they are not gods, simply a race of incredibly powerful beings. The character Darcy points this out in the film. The reason such characters may have been interpreted as all being Caucasian is because the Vikings may have assumed they all were, or the stories changed them to resemble Norseman as the stories passed through history.

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