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Thor: Cards of Thunder

Learn all about the 'Thor' movie trading cards from Upper Deck!

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!

By Craig Tello

With some divine intervention by Upper Deck, Asgard is looking a little more like “As-card” through the official trading card series devoted to the big screen release of “Thor” on May 6.

An 82-piece set featuring 70 basic and 11 “Talent of Thor” cards, as well as one movie poster card, the currently available “Thor” film set succinctly captures the mighty Odinson’s solo silver screen debut.

Thor comic traditionalists are spoiled by comic cover cards (at a dozen deep), while the fervor of film fans is satiated by a handful of subsets, including autographed cards, memorabilia cards and acetate pieces derived from the film’s biggest scenes that literally put the movie in the palm of your hands.

“The most remarkable aspect of this card set is that it brings you images of the movie that can be seen nowhere except within this set prior to the release of the movie,” explains Bubby Johanson, project manager at the Upper Deck Company. “Viewing this set in its entirety is like checking out an exclusive trailer to the film. It definitely increased our desire--if that was even possible--to check out the movie.”

And then there’re Natalie Portman’s pants. In her role, the Academy Award-winning actress suits up as Thor's love interest, and Upper Deck scored her trousers, exclusively for the benefit of collectors.

“With all of the elaborate costumes found within Thor, the memorabilia [card subset] is quite remarkable,” Johanson says, describing the two-per-box chase cards. “The highlight of this set is the pants that Natalie Portman wore as the character Jane Foster in the movie.”

He continues, “With such variety in each costume, the type of material may differ from card to card. The Heimdall card, for example, has five different versions of fabric ranging from leathers to furs.”

In addition to the actual pieces of costumes cut and served on cardstock, Upper Deck captured the super heroic (and villainous) signatures of film stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Clark Gregg (S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki), not to mention revered film director Kenneth Branagh. This movie-centric memorabilia, again, is perfectly balanced by fine art for comic book purists with original artist sketch cards by creators like Jim Cheung and many more.

Verily, Marvel and Upper Deck--masters of the legendary Marvel Masterpieces series--have teamed to commemorate not just the major motion picture, but also the Son of Asgard’s 50-year legacy. This, according to Johanson, includes Thor’s first battle with Hercules and the emergence of “Frog Thor.”

Appropriately catching lightning in a bottle in their first Marvel card series in a full year, Upper Deck is ready to roll off the momentum for a full summer of Marvel movie magic--especially the Asgardian variety--and beyond.

“We are all extremely excited and anxious to get back into the swing of things with Marvel,” Johanson proclaims. “And ‘Thor’ marks the beginning of a new era for Upper Deck.

“Also, it’s Thor!  How cool is that?”

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

Buy your "Thor" tickets now on Fandango, Moviefone or MovieTickets.com!

Check out the list of Required Reading: Thor Collections, and find the best jumping-on points with Thor: Where to Start!

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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