It’s easy enough to make a live-action movie about a billionaire, a scientist, or a soldier. But to realize The Avengers, Marvel first needed to bring a god to the silver screen. Thor has been a Marvel Comics mainstay for over five decades, but in 2011′s Thor, Marvel needed to prove that the fantasy mythology that worked in the comics would translate. Thor proved a crucial stepping stone to the cultural dominance of The Avengers in 2012. Now Thor is a standalone draw, with sequel Thor: The Dark World the proud owner of an $86 million opening weekend.
Hit the jump for Thor by the Numbers, a numbers-based feature that tracks how Marvel turned the comics god into a viable screen superhero.