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Who's who in 'Thor: The Dark World'

Published: Friday, Nov. 8 2013 8:56 a.m. MST

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In the movies: Australian actor Chris Hemsworth beat hundreds of competitors, including his brother Liam Hemsworth, according to moviefone.com, for the role of the Nordic god/alien in Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor.”

The 2011 film saw the character temporarily stripped of his powers and exiled in the New Mexico desert after nearly causing a war between his home world of Asgard and the Frost Giants. Hemsworth reprised the role for Marvel’s “The Avengers” in 2012 before beginning work on “Thor: The Dark World.”

Thor is portrayed as the son of Odin and Frigga, adoptive brother of Loki and crown prince of Asgard.

In the comics: The Mighty Thor first appeared in 1962’s “Journey into Mystery” No. 83 as a foil to another Marvel character, the Incredible Hulk. He was created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Larry Lieber — Lee’s brother.

Unlike the movie, Thor is first sent to Earth in the form of a mild-mannered, partially handicapped med school student named Donald Blake. Using his magic hammer Mjolnir, which he disguised as a walking cane, he could transform at will into his Asgardian form.

Alongside Iron Man, Ant-Man, the Wasp and the Hulk, Thor was also a founding member of the original Avengers as they first appeared in their 1963 debut.

In mythology: The Norse god of thunder, storms, strength and fertility and the protector of mankind, he is the son of Odin and the earth goddess, Jord/Fjorgyn (not Frigga), and married to Sif. He has absolutely no family relation to Loki — adoptive or otherwise.

Along with Mjolnir, which was described as being capable of leveling mountains, Thor has a magic belt, gloves and staff — each with catchy names of their own like Megingjardir — and he travels using a chariot drawn by two magic goats, Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder.

He is famous for his red hair and beard, his violent temper and a herculean appetite.

Thursday — “Thor’s day” — is named after him.
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