Just a few days ago Screen Rant posted some updates regarding Thor discussing another addition to the film’s stellar cast and some confusion of how the movie will follow the comics, or even which version of Marvel’s Thor it will follow. In addition to that, there’s been some recent online buzz about the possibility of actor Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) playing Hawkeye in The Avengers, a character for which Renner thinks could be introduced in Thor.
Now comes a little more on Marvel’s Mighty God of Thunder from the Comic Publisher’s Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada who had his latest Cup O’ Joe installment with Comic Book Resources put up last week where they talked on the subject of the next Avenger to get his solo flick out to the eager audiences: Thor.
Quesada was asked about how they confident they are with the Thor movie with there being some out there who cast doubt on the realization of this character on the big screen and its success compared to other comic book movie properties.
“We are incredibly confident. And there isn’t much I could say to convince people beyond, “Look at these designs! Look at this script! Look at the moments in this story and tell me it won’t be a huge success.” But, that’s obviously something I can’t do, so the one thing I can say – and I’ve said as much to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige – is that people are going to go into this movie with a preconceived idea about what it will be. If you’re a comics fan, you’ll have a preconceived notion of what you’re going to get. If you’re a non-comics fan, you’ll have another notion of what the movie is all about. And what’s really amazing is that both groups will walk away going, “I’ve never seen anything like this before within the super hero genre.” It’s so cool, and I don’t want to use the word unusual, but it is unusual in the sense that it redefines what a super hero movie can be. It’s not the expected story or settings. That part of it is incredibly exciting to me.”
While I am extremely exciting for the Thor film, especially with Kenneth Branagh directing and the cast they’ve selected, I do wonder what Quesada is referring to with all of this proclamation of Thor being a game-changer in the genre.
It sounds intriguing but I’m a tad hesitant about feeling positive on his statement about the movie going against our preconceived ideas for what it should be.
“We walked through sets and saw different designs for locations and designs for costumes, and I just thought to myself, “Oh my God.” It’s absolutely breathtaking, and the casting is terrific on the movie. And Branagh is a joy to listen to talk story. There was a point during the discussion of the most recent draft of the screenplay where a particular plot point was put up to the group for discussion, “How should we play this one moment within the context of the story?” and Branagh and some in the group had a particular idea of how it should play, while some others felt differently. I was in the opposite camp, but as we discussed the differences, I’m sitting there listening to Branagh act out his version of the scene with gusto and passion and I had to stop him and say, “If you said to me right now, ‘Then Thor kills 100 puppies in an animal shelter’ I’d say it was fantastic.” [Laughter] It’s just magnificent hearing him talking about the story with the great love he has for the material. You don’t see it quite often, but when you see it you’ve got to go with it.”
This is not the first praise we’ve heard about Branagh being somewhat of a great salesman with acting out the movie and his ideas for it in front of Marvel execs. I wish I was there for that.
Despite the blatant bias of Quesada speaking well of his own team, I have faith in Branagh and his vision for the character and story. I can only hope he does the character and origins justice so that it works not only on its own, but with our other heroes in The Avengers team-up movie.
Thor opens in theaters May 20, 2011 and I’ll be there.