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Posted at 8:01 PM ET, 12/10/2010

TRAILER OF THE WEEK: 'Thor' hammers home its presence

By Michael Cavna

As Darren Aronofsky's anguished-ballerina film "Black Swan" moves into wider release, Marvel Studios oh-so-coincidentally leaps into theaters with another Natalie Portman role: The full trailer for "Thor" -- in which Portman's Jane Foster comforts the tortured Thor -- hits the big screen this weekend, Marvel says.

By the beard of Odin, the ever-authoritative Anthony Hopkins certainly commands the screen, even without the aid of CGI. Yet what this mere two-plus minutes leaves still unresolved is whether Chris Hemsworth, as a leading actor, can hold the Norseman's hammer. Till the film's opening next May, the jury of geeks and critics (and yes, so often, those two parties are one and the same) will mostly remain out.

Then again, when you're surrounded by not only Hopkins but also the likes of Stellan Skarsgård, Ray Stevenson and Colm Feore, that hammer load gets a fair bit lighter. And by next May, Portman might well be wielding her own heavy hardware: the little metal fella named Oscar.

Meantime, Hollywood marches with grand, big-budget bravado toward its goal of supplying us -- the cape-loving public -- with a superhero movie for nearly every month of 2011. Next year's roster of comic heroes will include not only "Thor" but also "Green Lantern" (aka Ryan Reynolds's break from "Deadpool" gigs); "The Green Hornet," "Red Sonja," "X-Men: First Class" and "Captain America: The First Avenger." (And mentioning "Transformers 3" just seems gluttonous at this point.)

We would partly blame Jon Favreau's more recent success for encouraging this embarrassment of superhero britches, except for one fact: We're already convinced his "Cowboys & Aliens" will be one of the comic-adapted highlights of 2011.

By Michael Cavna  | December 10, 2010; 8:01 PM ET
Categories:  The Holly Word, The Video Shelf  | Tags:  Marvel Studios, Thor  
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