Chief Marvel editor, Joe Quesada, has answered some more question on the regular Cup ‘O Joe column, this time pertaining to Thor and Iron Man 2.
Quesada talks with great passion about Branagh and Kevin Feige’s creative partnership, and the delight it was to watch them explore the Thor ideas and mythology. His approach to the Thor franchise is Shakespearean, explaining emotions between characters in each scene, their motivation and how it relates to the movie’s plot.
Character development looks like it shall play a significant part in the Thor adaptation, Quesada describes this quality as “quintessential” in creating a Marvel movie. There are capes and big hammers, but, “It’s about what makes characters tick”. And Quesada adds, “there’s reasons and motivations for him to hit people with his hammer… hard!”
When it comes to marketing Thor, it’s all about raising awareness before the movie’s release. Similar to the Iron Man approach, Thor’s character shall be introduced to kids through animation, in particular in “Super Hero Squad” and “Avengers Animated”.
On Iron Man 2
Quesada describes Favreau as intense and cerebral, and is again happy to relay the director’s understanding and passion for the Tony Stark character, “Why put on the suit?”. Favreau’s approach is about having the world’s most powerful weapon and making the story bigger, all the while keeping it “streamlined” and ultimately maintaining that much needed relevance at the personal level.
MTV are reporting that Star Trek and Crank: High Voltage actor Clifton Collins Jr. is in talks for a role in the Thor adaptation:
“I had a little meeting. I think I can say that much. […] [’Thor’ director] Kenneth Branagh is a bad-ass. I’ve been a fan of his as an actor and I know he’s gonna be amazing as a director for this piece.”
“Believe me, I’m itching to say all kinds of stuff,”
“It’s going to be a beautiful thing, I’m sure,” said Collins. “It’s an amazing comic book. If you grew up reading these comic books, he was definitely a bad-ass, that guy.”
Continuing on from the recent Kevin Feige revelations, First Showing have provided a second commentary of the event, which offers up some more details of these three movies.
Iron Man 2
In the first movie the film makers managed to get the tone just right, for the sequel they are looking to add characters and up the action whilst maintaining this tone — keeping the right sense of humour. Filming is half way through and the majority of the spoken parts are complete, the next six weeks shall be dedicated to action scenes!
There will be no Shakespearean dialogue in the Thor movie, despite its usage in the comics. Some scenes will take place in Asgard.
The first avenger movie shall be a period piece, set predominantly during WWII. It is hoped that the movie can capture a feeling similar to Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the same levels of fun. Sidekick Bucky (wiki) will also make an appearance, in some capacity.
As for director Joe Johnston,
A little bit of The Rocketeer, lots of October Sky, and a little bit of the ship designs that Johnston did for Star Wars, alluding to how this is the perfect movie for him to direct. “It’s the movie his entire career has been leading towards.”
In Kevin Feige’s (Marvel Studios producer) most recent press conference, he revealed a few tidbits about the Thor adaptation.
Donald Blake shall not make an appearance in the movie, although it shall take place in contemporary Earth, rather than the Viking era. The film shall retain a Marvel superhero feel, rather than a fantasy-esque adventure.
As for the casting of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Feige said, ‘There was no question’.
MTV caught up with Thor movie director Kenneth Branagh to find out ‘the stories and people’ inspiring the big screen adaptation. The film creators have ravaged the fifty year comic history, and could bring plot elements from any number of places.
“I think that [’Thor’ stories] go through golden patches and purple patches and everyone has personal favorites. […] The recent runs have been marvelous. The J. Michael Straczynski run has been a tremendous achievement.”
“But I’ve also been reading way back, reading classic, vintage runs as well. […] There are many Thors and many accounts of the stories across nearly 50 years of the comics. We look to raid from the best.”
“A lot of the job up to this point has been listening to people who know more and better than I. […] I have a very strong view of how to approach it myself, but I’m still listening and learning happily.”
Briton Tom Hiddleston has been cast as Loki, Thor’s nemesis, so reports Nikki Finke. Hiddleston has worked alongside director Kenneth Branagh on two previous occasions — in Ivanov at Wyndhams Theatre, London, and in the BBC miniseries, Wallander.