As I said elsewhere: Not the best choice (though I probably couldn't come up with a better name that fits the casting criteria the producers were shooting for), but far from the worst. A good middle-ground choice that's probably not going to set the internet on fire either way (at least not any more so than any comic book casting decision does). For me personally I'd say I'm falling on the side of "positive" for the most part.
I'm kind of surprised at the undercurrent of skepticism about Thor and this film. I'd argue that it's Cap that's the tougher sell, but Marvel already successfully marketed one of their second-tier characters into major box office success with Iron Man, and there's still a huge amount of buzz on the whole "Avengers" thing (just look at all the media coverage this casting process has been getting). I know people like to keep predicting that the "superhero bubble will burst" but I just don't see it. Iron Man 2 is probably going to be good, and a strong contender for highest grossing film of 2010, and at least a little of that should feed into Thor and Captain America next year.
They might not do as well as Iron Man, but I think they'll be solid.
Originally Posted by Bobby Bear
I agree with Reasor about the painted wings; that's a great touch. I don't want to see the costume too grim, though. I get where there are artists who really want to dial up the "soldier" aspect of his togs, but I don't want his look to be X-Men'd. That worked for what it was. This is something else entirely.
Yeah, you have to find a balance because if you get too far away from "guy that dresses up in the American flag" you're losing the concept entirely.