Thor movie was a pivotal project for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it was the first big make-or-break test for the now massive franchise, director Kenneth Branagh says. When Chris Hemsworth entered the film series, Marvel Studios only had three films under its belt, Robert Downey Jr’s two Iron Man standalones and the nearly-forgotten Edward Norton-led The Incredible Hulk movie. And while the first Iron Man outing garnered applause, the next two outings received mixed reception making, Branagh’s task of introducing The God of Thunder into the fold a bit trickier than originally perceived.

If the idea of actually launching a character that was the ...

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