The Los Angeles Times has posted the first official image from the upcoming superhero film Thor, which will be released in theaters everywhere on May 6, 2011. Click on this new image below, which features Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Chris Hemsworth as the title character and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. The site also reported that the film, along with another Marvel film, Captain America: The First Avenger, will be converted to 3D and you can read more about that after the image.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Tom Hiddleston as Loki

The site spoke with Thor director Kenneth Branagh, who revealed they plan on using their Hall H presentation at next week's Comic-Con on Saturday, July 24, to woo the fans on their 3D conversion.

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"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," Branagh said, taking a break from post-production. The filmmaker said the terminology of the 3-D process initially made him cringe -- at first, it was "math and physics and way over my head," he said with a chuckle -- but then he started to pulse with the unexpected artistic opportunities.

"It's another draft of the story that can reveal itself in a different way," he said. "I had a healthy degree of skepticism up front ... I've become somebody extremely excited about working with possibilities of doing it this way."

The site also spoke with Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston, who also admitted he was initially skeptical of the process of 3D conversion.

"I think it tends to be overused and can be a little bit gimmicky," said Johnston, who began shooting last week in London but will travel to San Diego for Marvel's Comic-Con panel. "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."

He also said that they did a one-day test shoot with a 3D rig and called the experiment, "a nightmare." Marvel's Kevin Feige also told the site that, "an unprecedented amount of time" will be devoted to the 3D conversion process on both films.

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