New Photo: The Gods of Thor

The Los Angeles Times has revealed this new photo from Marvel Studios’ Thor  featuring Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Chris Hemsworth as Thor with his hammer. The article also confirms that both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger will be released in 3D. More on that below the pic!

The article says that both films will be released in 3D, but Thor was not shot with 3D cameras and neither will Captain America: The First Avenger. The films’ directors, though, say they will be doing the post-conversion right as compared to some recent pics like Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender.

“We came to feel that in our case 3-D could be the very good friend of story and character for a different kind of experience,” Thor director Kenneth Branagh said, “It’s another draft of the story that can reveal itself in a different way… I had a healthy degree of skepticism up front… I’ve become somebody extremely excited about working with possibilities of doing it this way.”

Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston added, “I think it tends to be overused and can be a little bit gimmicky… A lot of people are using 3-D now because they feel have they have to… that will come and go and the pictures that deserve to be in 3-D will continue to be. When it’s done bad, it can make you carsick.”

Johnston said they tried a one-day test shoot with a 3D rig but that it was “a nightmare” due to bulky gear, calibration issues and restricted filmmaking options. He said he’s a firm believer, though, in the conversion approach if done right and he’s enthused to move forward. “It’s a new challenge and it’s exciting.”

While both films use 2D for principal photography, the special effects were conceived and executed from the beginning in 3D. Kevin Feige said that “an unprecedented amount of time” would be devoted to the conversion process.

Thor hits theaters on May 6, 2011 and Captain America: The First Avenger on July 22, 2011.

Thor recently made an appearance in the animated film Hulk vs. Thor. Check out the trailer below: