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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 have been 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 was followed by Thor: The Dark World (2013). Thor: Ragnarök is set for release in 2017. Marvel's Thor also appeared in The Avengers ((2012).

Yes and no. All films made under the Marvel Studios banner (i.e., Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America) are all set in the same universe, nicknamed the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), with the characters crossing over, culminating in The Avengers (2012) movie which tied these films together. The first films in the MCU were released by Paramount, but in 2011, Marvel was taken over by Disney, who now owns the rights to the MCU beginning with Captain America: The First Avenger. This universe has since been expanded with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and Dr. Strange movies, as well as several series (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil). Marvel also owns Punisher and Blade, however Punisher (2004), Punisher: War Zone (2008), Blade (1998), Blade II (2002) and Blade: Trinity (2004) are not set in the MCU. Other Marvel-based films owned by other studios are NOT set in the MCU, due to differing ownership. This includes Spider-Man and Ghost Rider (both owned by Sony), the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Daredevil (all owned by Fox). However, following The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony and Disney closed a deal that allowed Spider-Man to appear in the MCU as well.

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. Jeremy Renner also appeared as Clint Barton, AKA Hawkeye 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. All of these characters (except the supposed Cage) are confirmed to appear in The Avengers (May 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. If this is a set up for The Avengers movie then its likely he is referring to Bruce Banner, The Hulk, although others speculate 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 bow and arrow who has Thor in his sights is Clint Barton, AKA 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 Coulsen, "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, AKA 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 Jotenheim. 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 agent 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/or 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.

The Infinity Stones are items with reality-altering powers that exceed every other force or power shown so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When all of them are collected in an Infinity Gauntlet, the wielder is given power to destroy complete universes. It's hinted that only extraordinary individuals can survive touching the Stones barehanded, and even in that case, it requires a great willpower to use the power of the Stones without a Gauntlet itself. It's in this film that they are first directly hinted, given the fact that a right-handed Infinity Gauntlet was briefly shown in inside Odin's chambers. Although the Stones are not yet been explicitly mentioned in the MCU at this point, in a proper filmmaking point of view, this items are the McGuffin that keeps the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise united. At the end of Thor, none of the six Stones have been revealed and located:

- Blue (Space Gem): Yet to be revealed.

- Yellow (Mind Gem): Yet to be revealed.

- Red (Reality Gem): Yet to be revealed.

- Purple (Power Gem): Yet to be revealed.

- Orange (Time Gem): Yet to be revealed.

- Green (Soul Gem): Yet to be revealed.

The Stones and their respective powers are to be revealed over the course of MCU's Phase 1 (Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers), Phase 2 (Iron Man Three, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Phase 3 (Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarök, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Homecoming), ultimately culminating in Avengers: Infinity War and Untitled Avengers Movie.


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