Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada has been talking a lot lately about upcoming Marvel projects – he recently discussed some of the upcoming comic book developments for The Rebirth of Captain America, and more recently, about Iron Man 2 and Thor.

Quesada posted some comments on his web column about both projects, such as what direction the movies are being taken in and a bit about what it’s like working with directors Jon Favreau (Iron Man 2) and Kenneth Branagh (Thor). Check out this hot info poured straight from the Cup ‘O Joe:

On Iron Man 2:

Favreau is really, really intense and very cerebral. I remember having a dinner at Comic-Con, I want to say three years ago, where he just grabbed me…He introduced himself to me, put his hand on my shoulder, sat me down at a table, and we just sat there and talked. We almost skipped dinner…we just sat there and talked Iron Man, and he wanted to know who he is and why Tony Stark does what he does. That was really key to Favreau: why put on the suit and try to do good things? It was a much tougher question once he defeats the Iron Monger, gets his tech and his company back…why continue doing this? What does Tony Stark stand for?

On Thor:

Kenneth…He’s definitely about character, which is the quintessential trait you have to have to understand the Marvel characters. It’s not just big hammers and capes and things like that. It’s about what makes the character tick. There’s definitely a reason for Thor, a reason for him being and a very deep family relationship and story in the movie that I think is going to be very cool. Oh yeah, and there’s reasons and motivations for him to hit people with his hammer… hard!

Both are great quotes that hint at Quesada’s attitude about both Iron Man 2 and Thor, but if you feel you need to get the full scoop, feel free to take a dip in the Cup ‘O Joe.

For me, it’s good to hear that both Branagh and Favreau are doing well in the eyes of Joe Quesada. JQ had a HUGE influence on the Marvel Comics that I grew up on (the 90s era of Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, etc…) and I’ve always liked what he’s tried to do as Marvel Editor-in-Chief. The man really gets the characters and what made them enduring and great – and, from the sound of things, he is a pretty good bridge to making great and enduring Marvel movies.

However, the proof still remains to be seen when Iron Man 2 hits theaters on May 7, 2010 and Thor hits theaters on May 20, 2011. Let us know what you thought about Joe Quesada’s comments.

Source: Comic Book Resources

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