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THOR (2011)

Lord of the Nine Realms, conqueror of worlds and Port Talbot’s finest…

The studio seemed to be firing out fully-fledged superheroes with near abandon by 2011. Marvel’s Norse god, the mighty hero of Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby’s 1962 comic, was given the Henry V treatment by Kenneth Branagh, the unlikeliest Marvel fan in Midgard. “I stood in the Belfast newsagent shop, a young boy transfixed,” Branagh wrote in Empire of a boyhood outing. “I was there to spend my pocket money on my confection of choice: a tub of chocolate mousse. But something else caught my eye – this image of a superhero with long, blond hair, like Samson or Hercules. Suffice to say, my pocket money was not spent on the chocolate mousse that day.”
 

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