Tempering its sweeping scope with wit, humor, and just a little dose of dramatics, Thor
is a super-charged fantasy epic that can stand alone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is the fourth MCU film to be released and the first of two Marvel superhero movies to come out this summer -- Captain America
being the other. Thor
was originally slated for a 2008 release with X-Men: First Class
director Matthew Vaughn helming, but after several years in “development hell,” Vaughn was replaced by Kenneth Branagh -- a surprising choice considering that his directorial filmography consists of at least five Shakespearean plays. However, despite all...