At the moment, the Marvel marketing machine may be running full force behind the impending release of Avengers: Age of Ultron (see the latest new footage, if you haven’t yet). However, fans are already looking ahead to what’s next for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok are both likely to have game-changing effects on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the two actors playing the title heroes may be nearing the end of their MCU contracts. Yet, the fact that these characters have been adapted so successfully for the big screen still remains one of Marvel Studios’ greatest achievements.
Den of Geek recently caught up with director Kenneth Branagh on his experience bringing the first Thor to the big screen in 2011, and the director likened the project to his newest release, Disney’s live-action Cinderella.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I think we love the escapism of something like ‘Cinderella’ and I think we do with ‘Thor.’ And as long as we can believe that there is a connection between us and a bunch of guys riding on horses across a rainbow bridge in space and somehow connected to the Norse myths, we get the adventure, we get the escape, we get the immersion in another world that’s different from ours so we’re really happy to go to a big darkened room to see that. And with ‘Cinderella,’ I felt that that invitation to be immersed in a vibrant, glamorous, highly colored world was really important as a sensory experience. A feast for the senses, but at the middle of it, people we can sort of see in the mirror.”
Branagh’s comment about making larger-than-life characters relatable to audiences sounds like an obvious approach, but his film did make smart use of a Shakespearean approach to telling its story. Moreover, while Guardians of the Galaxy is often credited for taking the Marvel film world into the cosmic realm, Thor technically got there first.
The director also discussed whether he would return for the third Thor film, after Alan Taylor replaced him in the director’s chair for Thor: The Dark World.
“I have seen more of the movies, and as I’ve said before, I had a good time there. It was a really sort of pivotal moment to me doing ‘Thor,’ and I like them. I like Kevin [Feige] very much. You know, you never say never. I think I couldn’t begin to speak for the complications of their interweaving of this ever-expanding universe, which is totally fascinating to behold. But I think they’re masters of their own destiny. They know what they want, and we all got on terribly well. So I’m sure if they felt there was a spot for me somewhere in there they’d give me a shout. And of course I’d listen, but it’s not something I’m actively seeking or looking for, although I am actively enjoying and seeking out the movies every time they come out. So I’m definitely a fan of the world.”
It still remains largely unknown why Branagh passed on the first sequel, though it’s heavily speculated to be related to creative control. If that’s the case, there’s probably a slim chance that Marvel would reach out to Branagh for another one of their projects, especially considering how meticulously planned out the MCU has become.
Reading between the lines of Branagh’s comments about its complexity, it seems like he and Marvel are in good standing, though he doesn’t exactly seem that eager to hop a Bifrost to Asgard anytime soon anyway.
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Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.
Source: Den of Geek