I never get tired of saying it so I’ll say it again; The upcoming production from Marvel known as Thor is my most anticipated character movie in-development from the Disney-owned studio. Read on to see some reasons why this is.
While Thor has been in principal photography since January, there have been very few details released about the movie and we’ve yet to see what any of the characters or sets look like. Heck, we still don’t ever know who some of the actors are playing.
Thanks to our friends at Latino Review, that all changes today due to the exclusive information about Thor they recently shared online. In their report, they discuss the style of the movie, the look of the characters, where in the Marvel movie timeline Thor takes place and last but not least, how Thor gets involved with The Avengers.
Agent Coulson, a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) who were were introduced to in Iron Man, was played by actor Clark Gregg. As of January, we know that he’ll be back again for Iron Man 2 and that he’ll also be playing a part in Thor. While we know Coulson will be in the movie, we expect other cameos from familar faces such as Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and hopefully Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark.
These characters, in cross-over appearances, will be what lays the foundation for our favorite heroes coming together in The Avengers. And according to Latino Review, by the end of the Thor movie, Thor lets Agent Coulson know that Asgard and he are there for S.H.I.E.L.D. when need be and that when called upon, he will join when The Avengers assemble.
A big aspect of Thor’s uniqueness compared to the other films Marvel Studios is working on is the other-worldly dress code (literally). The mystical realm of Asgard houses viking gods who live in a very different aesthetic than what we’re used to Earth, sporting very different costumes. While we’ve had some hints and ideas about the costumes of Thor, we’ve not had a definitive design presented to us.
To best get an idea of what to expect, I’ve cut out a specific snippet of the response to the question about Thor’s costume and weaponry that actor Chris Hemsworth will get to wield:
“If you look at some of the more recent Thor comics that are out now, the tone and the costuming is that. It’s basically, the way you read the comics now, they’re updated the way they are now and that’s how the costumes are. I think everyone is going to be very, very happy. Nothing looks cheesy or cheap. Everything looks like it’s real. Everything looks like it came from that period. And everything looks right on all the actors.”
The look of the characters is one of the aspects I’m most excited to learn more about and from all accounts (including what I heard in our exclusive interview with Joe Gatt who’s playing a villain in the movie), we’re in for something special.
Where Does Thor Fit in the Timeline?
Just over a month ago we found out from director Jon Favreau via Twitter that Iron Man 2 takes place before The Incredible Hulk. Unfortunately for fans, this rules out the possibility of an Ed Norton cameo to return the favor. However, since we saw Tony Stark seemingly working for S.H.I.E.L.D. in that brief scene with General Ross to recruit for The Avengers it does make sense that Iron Man 2 will be used to get Stark used to the idea of working with others and starting to work towards the initiative.
So, where or should I say when does Thor come in to play? As it turns out, it takes place after The Incredible Hulk meaning it also takes place after both Iron Man films. According to LR, the Professor character played by Stellan Skarsgard refers back upon the events relating to the Hulk.
“There was brilliant scientist (Bruce Banner). He was a genius with gamma radiation and somehow S.H.I.E.L.D. made him disappear.”
At this point in time, Tony Stark is a full-fledged club member already on the hunt to build The Avengers team with Nick Fury.
Kenneth Branagh’s Mission
The last thing we’ll touch on from the information Latino Review was able to learn about Thor is about its director and the tone of the film. Ever since The Dark Knight, people everywhere having been riding the “dark is better” train without knowing what “dark” actually means and how (and when) it can be applied. From what the Marvel insiders revealed here, we can expect Thor to be similar in style to Iron Man but perhaps thematically balanced between that and Christopher Nolan’s work for Warner Bros.’ DC film universe.
“Branagh is fantastic. The guy is a passionate director. He makes everything and everyone important, no matter how small their role in the production is. He’s keeping the material very close to the comic. The tone is – even the way the stuff looks – is darker. So it’s cool. Iron Man was cool because it was light, but not too light like the Batman movies that Tim Burton made and it was not as heavy as say, Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Iron Man was the perfect comic book movie because it was the light and the dark sides sort of mixed together. Thor balances the same things as well. It plays the light side with the stuff on Earth and then the heavier side with what happens up in Asgard and the battle that occurs. Marvel has done a really good job of trying to blend what they need to have a successful movie and what they need to keep all the fan boys happy.”
That’s all for this Thor update so if you want to see the full piece, head over to Latino Review where they also talk about the Marvel executives and how passionate and respectful of the details and source material they are.
If you want to know a little bit more about the general story of the movie, check out our report on the official Thor plot synopsis.
Iron Man 2 opens May 7, 2010, Thor opens May 5, 2011, The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.
Source: Latino Review