First we saw the leaked trailer for Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron and then we got to see an extended version that included the scene above. Thor was having a bit of fun with everyone about how worthy they are. It’s a great scene that sets up a lot of interesting questions. We’ve saved you a seat on the Who’s Worthy Speculation Tour, click that seat belt and let’s get started (more…)
As one of the foremost experts on the physics of the universe, Neil deGrasse Tyson is one big nerd and he really flexes his nerd muscle through his Twitter account.
Earlier in the week, Neil deGrasse must have been watching the Avengers, or Thor, because of a special revelation he posted online that has had many of us pondering for quite some time. Using scientific methods, which most of us would have had an ice cream head ache over, and his knowledge of the building materials that went into the legendary weapon, Neil came up with a rough estimate of just how heavy Mjolnir is.
The astronomical science is one thing, so to simplify it for all us not-so-scientific people, he has graciously used elephants as a form of measurement. And thanks to some research from Blastr, we now know an average male African bush elephant weighs roughly 12,000 lbs. Random trivia fact for the day. You’re welcome. But how exactly did deGrasse figure all of this out without physically holding a hammer that technically doesn’t even exist?
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a god or he just uses his best judgement and makes up some random number while referencing a herd of elephants. Either way, I am not going to second guess a man that knows so much about astronomy.
Marvel’s next big comic book movie, Thor, is quickly becoming one of the biggest draws for the upcoming San Diego Comic Con. The reason is simple – actual footage from the movie will be shown.
But, for everyone else who isn’t going, we will have to make due with interviews with the director and stars, as well as photo’s from the movie set. Luckily, the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly has some information about the most important prop in the entire movie: Thor’s hammer, known as Mjolnir.
According to the director Kenneth Branagh, the look of the hammer and Thor’s costume were the two most important details of the entire movie.
The look of the hammer was the first conversation I had the day I started the job. We had conversations about how the Hammer looked the night before shooting, during shooting, the look of the hammer and how to shoot it. We’re still talking about the hammer … [And] Thor’s suit was bloody hot for the first week they didn’t have a cooling system in it. They had to add a t-shirt with water tubes sticking out.
Also featured in the Entertainment Weekly article was an updated synopsis of the movie:
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, “Thor,” which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
Lastly, photo’s from the set have appeared online that showcase Odin’s palace (also known as the Hall of Asgard), Thor kneeling before Odin’s throne and on the far left, you can make out Loki’s signature curved horn helmet from the comics.
Why is that small detail important? Well, it shows that not only are they keeping with the spirit of the comic books, but also the feel and look of the movie. Personally, I am really excited to see this movie and I hope it will turn out as good as we all hope it could be.
Check out the photo, along with two other showing Odin, Loki and Thor, after the jump.
AtlantaCutlery has limitedly released the massive and skullcrushing hammer of Thor. You may not be able to summon lightning, but I’m sure that if you brought this to a knife fight, you would be sending your pussy of an adversary to Valhalla to await the coming of Ragnarok…
Designed from Thor’s first appearance in Ultimates #4, this hammer measures a full 42 inches in length and can be easily disassembled. This full size replica prop is truly made for a thunder god! This reproduction of the mythical Mjolnir is hand crafted in steel, high quality saddle leather and wood with a gleaming nickel finish. From the unsharpened axe head with a false edge to the huge hammer head, no attention to detail has been overlooked. It comes complete with a massive floor display stand with nameplate. This is limited to only 2,000 pieces and comes with a hand numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts