You really have to hand it to Marvel, they certainly do know their brands and what people expect from a movie based upon comic books characters.
One of the most interesting decisions to come from Marvel was to bring on Kenneth Branagh, a noted Shakespearean actor and director, to direct their big-screen version of Thor, the Norse god of thunder.
I will admit, I was a bit nervous, but based on footage presented at San Diego Comic-Con, and pictures from the set, I was slowly coming around on the idea of this movie. But, in a recent interview in the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Branagh really let us know his overall vision for Thor, and how the movie will differ from every other movie set in the Marvel universe.
It’s how you dance pretty close to the edge to get the sort of modernity and the edge that ‘Iron Man’ has and the real sharp comic sensibility of those two men … So it’s a different kind of dance.
I think ‘Thor’ comes from a different place story-wise and character-wise. We have both Norse histories for Thor, hundreds of myths and fables told in many different ways, in addition to what Marvel has pillaged for the past 40 years or so to come up with their version of things, which sits in very strong structure, a really strong narrative structure.
That’s what’s going to make the Avengers fascinating. I think a character like Thor is the absolute opposite of someone like Tony Stark and the mix, complement and clash of those personalities will be very interesting to watch.
Thor, which is set to be released in May 2011, will also tie into Marvel‘s next film, Captain America: The First Avenger, which will hit theaters on July 22nd of the same year. Then, in the summer of 2012, all the characters from Marvel‘s recent movies will intertwine into The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon.
Next summer can’t come soon enough!