Where oh where does Donald Blake fit into Kenneth Branagh's big-screen adaptation of Marvel's Thor? Donald Blake is the human alter-ego of the Norse God of Thunder, who has no memory of his godhood until he finds the powerful Norse hammer. We know the Iron Man and Hulk films have been building towards the upcoming Avengers movie.
Blake's character is essential in brining it all together. Like Venkman reported back in January when word came that Blake will only appear at the very end of the film, he mentioned that Blake's name was used in The Incredible Hulk when he was paged in a hospital scene. There is also a scene in the film where Hulk is screaming at the lightning and thunder, after he throws a boulder in the sky -- something falls out of it, that is not the shape of a rock. This will tie in with events in the Thor movie.
Yesterday Variety described the film as being...
"Thor," scripted by Mark Protosevich, Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, centers on a partly disabled med student who discovers his Norse god alter ego, the hammer-swinging Thor.
This is pretty much what we've been hearing all along. That the film would mostly take place in Midgaurd or Earth and revolve around Donald Blake. Now AICN and their "sources" are saying otherwise. They are saying that the film will mostly center on Thor's life in Asgard, before being sent to Midgard by his father Odin, who decides he needs to be taught humility and consequently places Thor in Midgard, into the body and memories of an existing, partially disabled human medical student, Donald Blake.
AICN contacted their "100% tested and solid source" who is intimately familiar with the Branagh adaptation, and reports that Donald Blake is definitely NOT in the movie and then another source of there's offered some details on a recent draft of the script:
* The film starts with the 6 warriors (Thor, Loki, the Warriors 3 and Sif) in Asgard, OdinHopkins on the throne, etc.
* Loki is adopted, hence the black hair.
* Loki kills his dad, usurping the throne, Thor is cast out to Earth.
* Thor lands in a desert, and is promptly run over (literally) by Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgard, a PhD cosmology student and her Norwegian professor, who have gone out to study though telescopes a strange cloud in the cosmos.
* When they realize that Thor is who he says he is, Stellan, who has grown up with Norse mythology, can't quite deal with it and goes out on a drinking binge.
* The script closes with a 5-page battle. The fighting styles for Thor and Loki are, as you'd expect, markedly different, Thor being very much about raw strength, Loki being much more about motion, grace and intelligence. The closing battle will be the first thing they film.
This confirms some of the details their other source gave them about the Avengers movie, but they caution that this one is untested:
* Loki is one of, if not the key [Avengers] bad guy.
* The [“Avengers”] film opens with 20 minutes of Loki basically entrapping/brainwashing Banner, and in so doing gaining control of the Hulk for his own nefarious deeds. This spurs the Avengers into existence.
The validity of these details can be tested if Skarsgard is officially cast as the professor. He has yet to be officially announced as being part of the cast, but back in October he said he would take on a role but couldn't disclose who he'd be playing.
Thor begins shooting in January with Chris Hemsworth(Star Trek) taking on the title role, with Anthony Hopkins as his father Odin, Tom Hiddleston as the villanous Loki, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster---who in the comics becomes Blake's nurse-- Jaimie Alexander as the Asgardian warrior Sif, Kat Dennings as Hela the rule of Hell and Niffleheim and Colm Feore is a villain whose identity is being kept secret.
Do you think Donald Blake will appear in THOR? Do you want him to be in the movie?