“Thor” was one of the hardest sells Marvel Studios ever had to make to a mainstream, non-geek audience. It could very easily have turned out campy and silly, but director Kenneth Branagh and team turned out a highly-watchable and surprisingly emotionally-resonant film. Now that the hard part’s been dealt with, the studio can go a little further with the idea of a Norse mythology-based superhero — from outer space. Tone is everything, and for the sequel they’ve gotten “Game Of Thrones” director Alan Taylor to develop the mythological aspects. It’s a different tone from the first one, and that’s what drew Taylor to the project.
In a recent interview with SFX magazine, he had this to say: “I love doing period stuff, and I was immersed in Game Of Thrones. I was lucky that Marvel seemed to have an appetite for that this time. They’d consciously steered away from that kind of thing in the first one. Because they wanted to make sure they were distinguishing themselves from Lord Of The Rings. They didn’t want to be mistaken for that. But by the time I came along it seemed like they were ready to embrace a slightly more historical attitude towards it.”
Taylor elaborated on the cultural facets: “In my mind this is an ancient, ancient culture that highly reveres the horse and the culture of the horse. We still use fountain pens because we think they’re really cool – it’s not like we all use laser pens. So I think there’s a living culture that keeps these things. To me the defining thing was that Thor is a superhero amongst many superheroes, but the thing that makes him different is the thing that should be featured in the movie. And that is that he’s also a warrior prince from ancient culture.”
“Thor: The Dark World” stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins. It premieres 31st October here and 8th November in the US.