Thor Blimey!

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Thor Blimey!

It’s not every day you see an item of news that will excite fans of Marvel Comics, Norse mythology and popular Brummie playwright William “The Bard” Shakespeare.

Here’s something from Variety that might:

“Kenneth Branagh is negotiating to direct ‘Thor’ the next Marvel Comics property that will be turned into a live-action film by Marvel Studios. Pic will be released in 2010.”

Well, maybe not the Norse mythology crowd. They’re never easy to please.

The prospect of Kenneth Branagh directing a big-assed superhero flick might seem like the maddest idea since, I dunno, Ang Lee directing a big-assed superhero flick. Then again, this one’s about a hammer-wielding God who’s partial to a bit of blank verse blather. It might not be too much of a stretch.

I suppose that over the coming months there’ll be all sorts of feverish speculation amongst fanboys as to who should play the God of Thunder. Me, I don’t particularly care – I’m more interested in the supporting cast. I’m hoping that Branagh once again calls upon his regular company of performers to lend a bit of much-needed gravitas to the project. I want to see Thor’s dad Odin played by Richard (The Good Life) Briers. I want to see stately, plump Volstragg played by Brian (Z Cars) Blessed. But most of all, though, I want to see Thor’s arch nemesis played by a truly great British performer. Someone who has worked with Branagh before. Someone who’d be perfect for the role. Someone who was born to play an evil trickster god.

I want to see Ken Dodd as Loki.

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My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.


  1. dave October 13, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Did Loki have a tickling stick? I might have missed the episode where he asked Thor if he was feeling tattyfilarious

    Mind you he’d have his army of diddymen at his beck and call

  2. Rol October 14, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Surely Blessed is Odin?

    “Loki’s ALIVE!!!!”

  3. Tone October 14, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Brian Blessed is surely the only choice for Volstagg. But Ken Dodd… that’s inspired.

  4. Tom Lennon October 15, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Dave – as I recall, the ‘Army of Diddymen’ were intoduced by legendary Thor-scribe Walt Simonson in the 80s during the groundbreaking ‘Knotty Ash Saga’.

  5. dave October 16, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Was that when they tried to take over the jam butty mines. Jam Butties, surely earths most treasured natural rsource

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