Everyone knows I’m a pretty big fan of “Thor” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general, but I have to admit to having mixed feelings about the realm of Asgard.
The first time I saw “Thor,” I was admittedly unfamiliar with the comic book and the actual mythology surrounding the Realm Eternal and the rainbow bridge. While the actors portraying Asgardians did a phenomenal job of acting at home in Asgard, I found it so foreign in aesthetic appearance that it was difficult to relate to. It did not look like a place that was lived in or used at all, even by gods.
This makes for a wonderful contrast in the movie as Odin (Anthony Hopkins) subsequently banishes Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to Midgard (Earth). Still, the Asgardian palace didn’t look like a place in which gods would dwell or lounge about.

I look forward to seeing Asgard in “Thor: The Dark World,” which apparently showcases more of that realm as well as several others. “Game of Thrones” director Alan Taylor is sure to add some realism to Asgard, keeping it relatable as Thor, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and company traverse the nine realms.
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