It seems like an Asgardian age since The Asylum released any kind of Marvel mockbuster, but its Thor: God Of Thunder is clearly aimed at mopping up the overspill of the Thor: Love and Thunder crowd.
Thor’s villainous uncle Loki has escaped Asgard to search for Yggdrasil — The Tree of the Nine Realms.The film is clearly playing fast and loose with Norse mythology, and its blending with the contemporary world is obviously a swipe from the Marvel comics and movies, but this isn't the first stab at this franchise from The Asylum.
The tree holds the power of the Universe, and is secreted away on Earth.
With the help of giant wolf god Fenrir, Loki plans to destroy the tree and replant it in his image, giving him dominion over all.
Now Thor must follow Loki to Earth to wage an epic battle that will hold the two worlds in its balance.
Back in 2011, we got Almighty Thor starring friend-of-HeroPress Cody Deal (who was in the running to play Conan before Jason Momoa got the role in 2011's Conan The Barbarian, and to play the lead in Spartacus after the untimely death of the original lead, Andy Whitfield).
It's a shame that The Asylum didn't bring Cody back for this one - to give him the long-awaited sequel that he thought would never happen.
From my brief review of Almighty Thor at the time of its original release:
"The film is exactly what you would expect from The Asylum, a low-budget re-invention of the story of Thor and Loki spanning both the mystical realm of Asgard and our own Earth (aka Midgard).In the States, the new movie, Thor: God of Thunder, is getting a very limited cinema release from July 8 to July 14.
It's harmless nonsense, with some interesting monsters (the Garmr... and the Lindwyrms, wingless dragons), dodgy dialogue, a mixed bag of special effects (the monsters were great, but the representation of Valhalla fell well short of Marvel's Thor and Asgard's 'army' was represented, in live-action, by a single soldier!), and sincere, scenery-chomping performances across the board."