Now that 2010 is officially here, production on Kenneth Branagh‘s Thor is about to begin and President Kevin Feige has dropped the latest behind the scenes update. The film will start shooting later this month, the cast recently underwent costume tests, and according to Feige it was like nothing he’d ever seen before.

Over at Marvel.com, Feige spoke about the recent screen test the studio shot for Thor, where he saw the actors in their official costumes. All the usual suspects were there, including Chris Hemsworth as the title character. How much would you pay to get a sneak peek of him in his full Nordic garb? Unlike Iron Man or The Incredible Hulk, Thor has more of a mystical element to him that can’t be explained away with science. It’s only natural that the look of the film’s characters be more god-like than what we’ve already seen. Here’s what Feige had to say about his experience with the costume test…

To be honest the thing that I’m most excited about right now though, is the screen test we just finished for Thor. We’ve done some costume tests and watching the Asgardians walk onto the sound stage takes me back to that first time I saw the X-Men on the set all together in Toronto. Only it was unlike anything we’ve ever put on film before! It’s great to be starting the next decade in such an exciting way just as we did last decade. We’re really redefining the comic book genre and what a Marvel movie can be. It’s going to be great.

Even though none of the X-Men films were 100 percent true to the comic, their decision to dress the characters in leather suits as opposed to their comic costumes was the right move. Perhaps in Thor, they’ll find a way to modernize everyone’s outfits to fit the characters as well as the times. As for the comment about the film redefining the comic genre, I sure hope that’s the truth. The entire Avengers collaboration has potential to become something of epic proportions.

What changes do you think should be made to Thor’s traditional costume? What part of the design should be left alone?