Iron Man 2 doesn't hit theaters until May, but there is already speculation that the film includes a surprise cameo by another Marvel Comics hero: the Asgardian god Thor, whose big-screen debut is currently being filmed by Kenneth Branagh for 2011.
According to ComicBookMovie.com, a French featurette on Iron Man 2 shows Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) walking past a jail cell in Monaco, in which you get a glimpse of a bearded, burly young man being photographed. Considering Marvel Studios' fondness for dropping superheroic "Easter eggs" in its movies - including Captain America's shield in Stark's workshop in the first Iron Man film and Downey's appearance as Stark at the end of The Incredible Hulk - some fans wondered if that was Chris Hemsworth, who plays the Thunder God in Branagh's movie. Branding consultant Gregory Littley asserted to ComicBookMovie.com that it was indeed Hemsworth.
If so, it's a smooth publicity move by Marvel, since belief is growing that some of the first publicity/on-set photos from Thor (which began filming in January) will hit the press right around the time that Iron Man 2 blasts off.