‘Thor’ Director Kenneth Branagh Dishes Plot Details After Trailer Drops

'The story involves a clash with an ice planet and the frost giants who live therein,' Branagh explains.

The latest “Thor” trailer spends far less time exploring the fantastical world of Asgard than it does delving into the mighty warrior’s Earth-based, conspiracy-filled, fish-out-of-water story. That’s hardly surprising.

Even given the film’s Marvel badge-o-cool, a film that spans the unknown universe, touching on American scientists and mythical frosty villains, can come off a little hokey — more “Masters of the Universe” than previous Marvel blockbusters like “Iron Man.” Thus the new trailer hits on Thor’s humorous side, his ass-kicking abilities and the enemies he’ll face after being banished from his planet to our world. Precious little from Asgard can be found.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Kenneth Branagh discussed several villains that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will face. “The story involves a clash with an ice planet and the frost giants who live therein,” he said. “They — as might be suggested by the name — are enormous creatures of incredible power who have been robbed of their power and glory by Odin, Thor’s father. What fuels a lot of this intense battle is revenge. This is an angry race, trying to get back at Thor and the Asgardians, the self-proclaimed guardians of the universe.”

The new footage also features several looks at the Destroyer, a metallic, fire-shooting machine that will provide a serious challenge for Thor. “This series of metal bands form a giant, walking beast and open to reveal terrifying firepower,” Branagh explained. “In the right hands, this incredibly powerful device — awesome in its killing quality — is potentially a creature of extraordinary protective powers. In the wrong hands, it is a nightmare.”

Co-starring Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings and Anthony Hopkins, “Thor” hits theaters in 3-D on May 6, 2011.

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