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Essential Thor

Read the Essential Thor

Learn everything you need to know about Thor and his fellow Asgardians before their bigscreen debut!

By Odin’s beard! We’re celebrating the May 6 release of “Thor” with a bevy of daily new content, from interviews with the cast and crew of the film to looks back at key stories from the comics and even more surprises! Visit Marvel.com every day for new Thor Month coverage, and mark your calendars for May 6 as the Odinson flies onto the bigscreen!

For the past several months, we've brought you a series of articles titled the Essential Thor, giving you the skinny on all the key players from the film.

Now, look back at the likes of Thor, Loki, Jane Foster, Heimdall and prepare yourself with everything you need to know about the comic book roots of all the heroes, villains and locations central to the film!

Essential Thor - Read all about the Odinson himself!

Essential Loki - Look back on all the Trickster's villainous deeds!

Essential Odin - The Allfather's long rule of Asgard recounted!

Essential Jane Foster - Thor's original mortal love steps into the spotlight!

Essential Sif - One of the fiercest warriors in all Asgard proves her mettle!

Essential Warriors Three - Thor's greatest allies stand together!

Essential Heimdall - The guardian of the Bifrost Bridge's story!

Essential Destroyer - The unbeatable entity's many clashes with Thor!

Essential Frigga - Thor's mother stands as her own woman!

Essential Mjolnir - Learn why Thor's mighty hammer holds a place as one of the most powerful weapons in the Marvel Universe!

Essential Asgard - Tour the mighty spires of Thor's home!

Essential Yggdrasil - Walk up and down the World Tree and visit the Nine Worlds!

Thor's Alter Egos - Get the full details on Thor's many mortal guises, from Donald Blake to Jake Olson!

Thor's Exile - Learn the tale of Thor's exile to Earth!

Thor and Loki's Childhood - While the two brothers would grow to become enemies, in their youth they once called each other friend!

King Loki - The Trickster has long yearned to rule Asgard, and sometimes he's even succeeded!

Thor, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The immortal hero's personal history with the peacekeeping organization!

Walter Simonson Retrospective Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 - Relive the seminal THOR run by writer/artist Walter Simonson!

Dan Jurgens and John Romita, Jr. Retrospective - Look back at the classic run by the two creators!

For more Thor, visit the film's official site and our "Thor" movie page!

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the epic adventure "Thor" spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, 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.

"Thor" is from a screenplay by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz and Don Payne and a story by J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige will produce the film. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Marvel Studio’s Co-President, Louis D'Esposito, will executive produce.

In addition to "Thor," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Captain America: The First Avenger" on July 22, 2011; "Marvel Studios' The Avengers" on May 4, 2012; and "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013.

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