Thor through the decades

When you think "Thor," you think Chris Hemsworth, who started playing the character in 2011's Thor:

Ah, but he wasn't the first!

The Incredible Hulk ran on CBS from 1978 to 1982, but stayed popular in reruns for years after. At the end of the decade, Marvel chose to take advantage of this lingering popularity by doing a series of made-for-TV movies with NBC. The first, The Incredible Hulk Returns, also served as a backdoor pilot, attempting to introduce another Marvel character who might get their own show: in this case, the Mighty Thor (played by Eric Allan Kramer, best known for being Little John in Robin Hood: Men in Tights)!

But that was 1988, the year after Adventures in Babysitting. In that movie, Vincent D'Onofrio played the auto mechanic, Dawson, who currently has possession of the sitter's car:

In the script, Sarah was obsessed with He-Man, but director Chris Columbus didn't know who that was, so he changed her hero to the god of thunder - very specifically, Marvel's version, meaning Kingpin was the original live-action Thor.

You either die as a hunky auto mechanic, or live long enough to see yourself get embarrassed in front of Vanessa.

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2 Responses to Thor through the decades

  1. gruff says:

    In thirty years, whatever reboot Marvel is on should hire Chris Hemsworth to play its Kingpin, to keep the cycle alive.

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