Thor: Myth or Science ? – Film presentation and discussion on how the viking legend became part of popular culture

Euro Media Forum, Palazzo de Piro present a Thor Film Presentation and discussion at Palazzo de Piro, Mdina on Sunday October 27th at 2.30 p.m. This event coincides with the special screening of Thor: The Dark World in 3D at Eden Cinemas on Wednesday 30th October.

Thunder and lightning abound, the mighty Thor hammered his way in the Silver Age of Comic Books, in 1962 by editor-plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and penciller Jack Kirby. Known to historians and comic book enthusiasts as the God of Thunder, Thor’s origins are in ancient Norse legends that recount tales of an extraordinary civilisation that crossed from the mythical kingdom of Asgard to Scandinavia through stargates.

Comic book researcher David Pace and moderator Justin Camilleri will provide an insight into how influential was Norse Mythology on Stan Lee‘s creation and if Lee, Lieber and Jack Kirby unwillingly invented the modern comic book hero epic. The speakers will be discussing as to whether the Nine Realms represent the planets of the Solar System or another galaxy? Are Thor’s powers fuelled by science or magic? Is the shimmering Tesseract the new MacGuffin to rival the Ark of the Covenant from Indiana Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark and who is the most powerful, Thor or Superman? Audience members will understand that there is a lot of science and astronomy research behind the production of the Thor films, how a Shakespearean director – Kenneth Branagh managed to adapt to the big screen Marvel‘s God of Thunder and with Alan Taylor (Games of Thrones) now taking over the directorial reins in Thor: The Dark World sequel, how he is determined to up the ante on the first Thor movie that was more of an introduction and present the Thunder God as one of the most noble and powerful heroes of Marvel Pantheon.

The speakers promise an interesting debate on one of Marvel Comics most popular characters and is open for anyone. The audience is invited to participate and put forward to the panel their questions, curiosities and observations. To spice up the evening there will also be a massive Thor film quiz, with the opportunity to win great prizes. So quiz participants keep your eyes open for the Thor film’s clues! Limited seating is available. Tickets are 10 euros and includes afternoon tea a mouth-watering feast of sandwiches, cookies and cakes from Palazzo de Piro. For bookings please email euromediaforum@gmail.com or send an sms to 99454066, or log in http://www.facebook.com/Euro.Media.Forum

This event is being supported by Palazzo de Piro, Eden Cinemas, Good Causes Fund and the Malta Film Network.

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