This is What ‘Thor 2′ Director Alan Taylor Wanted to Change About ‘Thor’

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Thor 2 Chris Hemsworth and Alan Taylor This is What Thor 2 Director Alan Taylor Wanted to Change About Thor

After the success of Iron Man and its sequel, the next character Marvel Studios decided to bank on was Thor, arguably the most challenging Marvel Comics character to adapt from the core team of heroes featured in The Avengers since he’s the one who’s story takes place in large part, on another planet/realm.

Director Kenneth Branagh succeeded however and Thor remains to date the most financially successful single-character property Marvel has released outside of Iron Man and the studio hopes to continue that success in November with Thor: The Dark World.

While Thor was applauded for crafting believable live-action versions of otherworldly characters and introducing the fan-favorite villain of Loki, it was criticized for its lack of scale in its small-town scenes on Earth and its overly shiny portrayal of Asgard. As it turns out, that’s the core issue Alan Taylor had with the original as well and something he aims to rectify in The Dark World.

While interview Taylor on the set of Thor 2 last fall, we asked him about the difference in style and aesthetic in the sequel, something we witnessed first hand while exploring the massive and details sets in London’s Shepperton and Pinewood Studios.

“The Ken movie was very successful. He brought together an amazing cast and focused what could be a huge rambling mythology on varying intimate family relations, and brother versus brother, father and son, that was all brilliant.

The only qualm I had with his movie was the look of it, to me, felt too shiny and too brand new. And I understand all the choices. It’s basically because the Asgardians in that take were very much a futuristic alien race that we mistook for gods. And when I came in, I was in love with the Norse mythology. I was in love with sort of grounding it more into kind of a Viking or medieval look and a sort of a sense of history and weight and stuff like that.

Marvel Movie Thor Asgard Shiny 570x267 This is What Thor 2 Director Alan Taylor Wanted to Change About Thor

Asgard in Thor 1

So, Marvel seemed to have some interest in that as well, so coming off Game of Thrones where we sort of enjoyed combining fantasy with some sense of three-dimensionality and real life, that’s what I tried to bring in here. It’s a funny balancing act, because you have to be funny, in the way that Marvel’s funny, and you have to be true to some pretty absurd things, like you guys saw elves in spaceships. [LAUGHS] But then to try to make that relatable and real and textured and rich and stuff. So, in Asgard, for example, we’re seeing the back streets of Asgard rather than the shiny, golden palace, and we go into some shiny palace rooms, but we tend to blow them up this time.

And on Earth, it’s London, trying to capture contemporary London. So, ideally, you’ll have all the pleasures of something that feels real, but also all of the joys that go with a Marvel movie. We’ll see whether we’re playing off this combination or not.”

Are you excited to explore the streets and culture of Asgard?

Alan Taylor directs Thor 2 off of Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s screenplay. The film 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.


Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. This looks outstanding! I can’t wait!

  2. The Thor 2 media blitz is upon us!!!

    • What gave it away? Was it the entire front page plastered with Thor 2 articles? lol…

  3. I kinda agree I think viking or medieval cultural would of been a good theme for Asgard world for Thor.

  4. Aye!

    • I still love the Architecture of the thor.

  5. I liked the “shiny” Asgard in Thor. I do get the feeling it will get “dirtied” in Thor 2. And I’m okay with it…

  6. I loved the look of Thor and the choice that was made. It felt otherworldly to me. Just making it Norse is bland and boring to me.

  7. … but Asgard is an alien world, a different society where its inhabitants have a different way to live, there’s no reason to change the look of the first film just so it can look like medieval Earth

  8. I loved Thor, but I am definitely excited for the new Viking look. What I enjoy about the Thor franchise so much is that it’s both sci-fi and fantasy. And in the first movie the biggest fantasy sequence was the journey to Jotunheim, the rest was more sci-fi, even with the drama in the royal palace.

    Now we’re gonna have more from both. Elves on spaceships shooting energy guns against alien immortal Vikings fighting with swords, axes and magic. I am buzzing with excitement for this movie. :D

  9. I have to say that I liked the look of Asgard in thor. It was very creative and had a very unique feeling in it. And I undrstand now why branagh left the project.

  10. Here is to hoping Thor 2 is nothing like Iron Man 3!

    • One word is all it takes to justify ‘Iron Man 3′ and that word is “ULTRON”

  11. Here’s to hoping that after Thor 2, people stop their incessant whining about IM3!

    • That will never happen! When someone con’s you it’d hard to forget.

      • That’s how I felt about TDKR, but you don’t hear me crying about it.

        • You just did PIG!

  12. I loved the whole techno- viking style in Thor. It brought a sense of the civilization being alien, celestial, and otherworldly. The Bifrost in particular impressed me. Can’t wait to see this film though!

    • Techno-Viking – I love it. I agree about the Bifrost. The aesthetic totally appealed to me, made me very happy.

  13. Sounds good. I loved Asgard in Thor, and I love New Mexico as well, but what Taylor says makes sense as well.

    Bring it on.

  14. I liked the way Asgard looked in Thor but it did seem like all it was was a single palace surrounded by oceans, I really wished they’d explored it further. Sounds like Thor 2 will expand on that so I’m excited. Hopefully they’ll keep the humor to a minimum this time and focus on telling a better story.