Airlock Alpha had a chance to speak with writer Ashley Miller on their Alpha Waves Radio podcast and in their 35-minute interview, they touched on the subject of Thor and the issues of adapting such a comic book character to the big screen.
Ashley Miller and his writing partner Zack Stentz worked together on 2003's Agent Cody Banks and since then, they've written for the sci-fi shows Andromeda, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and most recently, a pair of episodes for Fringe. Now, making his mark with the job of penning the screenplay for Marvel Studios' Thor alongside co-writers Mark Protosevich and his writing partner Zack Stentz, Miller and team have a major task at hand at bringing a relatively unknown character into the limelight and making him work for mainstream audiences.
Like many comic book characters who've existed for a lengthy period of time, Thor has multiple incarnations, styles and looks and there are fans of each. With that in mind, it may be an impossible task to please everyone and their expectations when it comes to bringing the Mighty God of Thunder from the books to the film world.
For those cautiously waiting to see if their exact image of Thor is brought forth in the movie, we all need to except that changes are required to fit the character and his histories into a single full-length origins film. So, what can we expect from the character created by Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber and Stan Lee?
"It's about as close as you can reasonably expect it to be... Obviously, you have to make some adjustments, and you have to compress some things simply for the sake of being able to get a lot of information out and being able to create a believable fantasy world that intersects with ours."
"Look at 'Batman Begins' for example... It does actually play fast and loose with the history of the character, but at the same time, it brings in real cool elements from different intrepretations of the character and puts them all together in cool ways."
Miller explains that while the film may not follow one specific comic book line for the character, he promises that he will certainly be "100 percent recognizable" to the fans. With that in mind, there will no doubt be some criticism from some of the hardcore fans, but that comes with the job and continues to happen even with the best of the genre. Miller understands and accepts this, and really, you need to for such a high profile gig as this.
"I want people who love the character as much as I do to love this character in this movie, and I want people who have never been exposed to this character to love him, too, and understand why I love him... And that's all that matters."
While Miller doesn't bring a ton of writing experience on films with him, I am confident that director Kenneth Branagh and Marvel Studios have the correct writing team in place to create a great story true to the character and the franchise.
Thor is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s half-brother/nemesis, Loki, Natalie Portman as Thor’s human love interest, Jane Foster, Anthony Hopkins as Thor’s father, Odin, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore, Jamie Alexander as Asgardian warrior/love interest, Sif and Idris Alba as the guardian Heimdall.
Thor began shooting Monday, so let us hope for some behind-the-scenes shots of the beautiful sets and costumes of Asgard soon!
What aspects of Thor's histories and incarnations would you like to see included in the film?
Thor takes over Spider-Man 4's release date of May 5, 2011.
Source: Airlock Alpha