December 15th, 2010
02:45 PM ET
Hollywood is unleashing trailers for some of the most anticipated movies of 2011 in the final weeks of this year, starting with "Thor," which could become the first blockbuster of the summer movie season when it's released on May 6.
Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, best known in the States for playing Captain Kirk's father in last year's "Star Trek," takes on the role of the hammer-wielding Marvel Comics (and Norse mythology) hero, who is banished from his home of Asgard to earth by his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins).
The story, which co-stars Natalie Portman, almost comes across as Shakespearean, so the choice of Kenneth Branagh to direct makes sense. At the same time, most "Thor" fans will want to see how it plays into the upcoming "Captain America" and "Avengers" movies. Check out the trailer on Marvel's official website.
Thor has a lot of competition in May, not the least of which is Captain Jack Sparrow, who returns in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," on the 20th.
Johnny Depp reprises his role with a brand new co-star, Penelope Cruz, and a brand new villain, Blackbeard, played by "Deadwood's" Ian McShane. Keith Richards also pops up once again as Sparrow's dear old dad.
Check out that the trailer on the movie's official website.
Not to be outdone, the Transformers are also back. For the first time, we have an idea of the three-quel's plot, and it seems like we'll see even more of the Transformers' backstory. It's a flashback to the moon landing, and all is not what it seems - a Transformer has been discovered there (hence, the title "Transformers: Dark of the Moon.")
Director Michael Bay has posted the trailer to his website.
And if that's not enough rock-'em sock-'em robots for you, October 7, 2011 will bring "Real Steel," starring Hugh Jackman in a futuristic world where robots are trained to fight it out in the ring. Washed-up fight promoter Charlie (Jackman) gets into the business of training robot boxers. See for yourself here.
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