There seems to be some question as to whether or not Marvel's Thor will click with movie audiences. It's a fair question, but Marvel's track record with unproven heroes is solid at this point. I've heard this argument before with Blade and even Iron Man, which turned out to be a box office powerhouse. Thor is a superhero film that blends fantastical Norse mythology elements with the kind of crowd-pleasing action Marvel Studios is becoming known for. Really, how can it lose?

What's more, Thor's not even that unproven. It's not like we're talking about a big-budget version of Sleepwalker or Moon Knight. This is one of Marvel's most recognizable heroes, in large part because Marvel didn't create him -- vikings did. Chris Hemsworth, who will wield the hammer Mjolnir for director Kenneth Branagh in the Summer 2011 flick, isn't even the first guy to play the Thunder God.

Face front, True Believers! Lo, therest be five Thors after the jumpeth.

5. Seth McFarlane

Appeared as Thor in
: Robot Chicken

Best Known for: Diving into his Family Guy riches ala Scrooge McDuck

Words from the God of Thunder: "I am off to the Rainbow Bridge to give rides to the shirtless, muscular warriors who there congregate!"

Appeared as Thor in: Thor: Hammer of the Gods

Best Known for: Home Improvement, in which he was the teenage son NOT played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Words from the God of Thunder: "There can be only one!"

Appeared as Thor in: The Incredible Hulk Returns

Best Known for: Appearing as Thor in The Incredible Hulk Returns

Words from the God of Thunder: "An insult is something I can always understand!"

Appeared as Thor in: The Marvel Action Hour

Best Known for: Sallah in the Indiana Jones films, Gimli in the Lord of the Rings films, and Murdoch in the Anaconda films

Words from the God of Thunder: "Stay thy hand, villain! I command thee, halt!"

Appeared as Thor in: Adventures in Babysitting

Best Known for: Law and Order: Criminal Intent

Words from the God of Thunder: "You owe me fifty bucks."
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