Think this summer is light on superheroes? Well don't worry about 2011, Marvel Studios confirmed today that the Thor and Captain America films will both be released in 3D next summer, and, as a bonus released their second official image from the Thor film. The news isn’t surprising, since Hollywood’s been fixated on turning every film that isn’t bolted down into 3D, but the announcement confirms that both films will be converted to 3D in post-production. While post-conversion has failed miserably on movies in the past, such as Clash Of The Titans and The Last Airbender, hopefully having more time to complete the conversion process will lead to a higher quality film.
As for the official Thor image, it includes a first look at Anthony Hopkins’ Odin and Tom Hiddleson as Loki. It’s also the most complete look we’ve had at Thor himself, and the first shot of his famous hammer. It’s hard to draw any solid conclusions from a single image, other than the fact that Odin’s eyepatch/monocle looks really dumb, but we’ve got no problem with making a few wild assumptions. Judging by the fact that Thor and Loki are nearby without trying to kill each other, this is probably from a scene at the start of the film in Asgard. Though I had really hoped that Asgard would look a bit more manly drinking hall and a bit less Museum Of Modern Art. I’m not sure how much I’m digging Loki’s look either, since his whole point is supposed to be that he’s cunning and duplicitous rather than heavily armored and buff. He basically just looks like Thor, but with darker hair and a pointier chin (which are, admittedly, incontrovertible signs of being evil). We’ll hold off judgment for now, but judging by the design Thor seems to be stuck between trying to be serious and gritty, and having fun with it’s inherent ridiculousness. I’ve got to hope that silly wins out, because I want to see some big winged helmets.