Running the register at a comic book store you talk to a whole lot of people about comic book movies. A lot. And over the years we’ve heard some pretty crazy theories, rants, diatribes and quite a bit of people’s hand-wringing concerns. Personally, I love it. But I gotta tell you none have struck me quite as weird as one I’ve been hearing from a couple folks the past few weeks about Thor.
“I just don’t think people who don’t read comics will know who Thor is!”
I could understand this kind of concern back when we were talking about such comic book adaptation flicks as Hellboy, V For Vendetta, Sin City, or even Iron Man (all of which didn’t do too shabby at the box office)… but Thor?
People have quite literally been telling stories about Thor and Odin since before the written word was invented. And once they could write they wrote poems, sonnets, and books to go along with their carved runestones and statues and tattoos and necklaces.
But to see the character in a more modern context, there are still chruches and cults and even some crazy crackpots dedicated to Thor worship, and for more pop culture-isms you can find yourself with more than a few rock tributes, University classes, concept albums, operas, and even Thor Bräu beer. And just in case you’ve missed all of that… well, there is that day of the week is named after him!
So yeah, I tend to think people who don’t read comics will at least have an idea who Thor is.
Granted, perhaps it’s my midwestern upbringing, maybe it’s because I read lots of different mythology in literature classes, maybe I just played too much D&D in my life, or maybe I’ve just been exposed to too much cheesy heavy metal over the years.
Ok. So I guess maybe it could just be me, after all (laugh)!
For those of you who are looking forward to watching the movie, you’re in for a treat! I caught a pre-screening last Saturday and thought it was awesome.