Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "This past summer was a big gamble for Marvel. They got lucky with Iron Man a few years back and already had years to familiarize the audience with Hulk, but now it was time to introduce some of the lesser known characters to the masses. Guys like Thor and Captain America would finally be getting their own movies to help kick-start The Avengers, which blasts its way to cinemas next year. Thor was always the biggest gamble because of his origins. He isn’t some guy in a high tech suit or some scientist who messed up on an experiment, oh no, Thor is from another realm. He is no doubt the hardest comic book sell in recent memory because of his mystical background. He’s more Lord of the Rings than Batman or Spider-Man. But Marvel was smart and gave the directing duties to Kenneth Branagh, a seasoned director who has worked on such films like Hamlet and Frankenstein. Branagh really knew how to balance the fantasy heavy Thor with human characters and even a bit of comedy to help lighten the mood."