Kenneth Branagh, the director for the upcoming Marvel film Thor, is proving why he’s the perfect choice for the gig.
MTV News spoke with Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada and they spent time discussing Branagh and how well he is playing into the bigger picture of the Marvel universe and their intertwining stories.
“[Branagh] understood that there was this very, very big tapestry of the Marvel movies… There’s continuity within the movies and he really wanted to play within that and wanted it to be part of the other movies.”
Unlike Nolan and his stance on keeping his Batman away from the rest of the DC Universe and their movies, Branagh is a team player and is working towards the Marvel films designed as a connected family of movies leading up to the ultimate team-up movie in The Avengers.
“He was really, really loving the interconnectivity between all of these characters,” said Quesada, “and even thinking ahead as to how does ‘Thor’ interrelate with the ‘Iron Man’ movies. How will he interrelate with the Avengers movies, and how do we set these things up.”
Branagh wrote, directed and acted in several Shakespeare films such as Much Ado About Nothing, Love's Labour's Lost and Henry V. Needless to say, he’s extremely talented and his background perfectly suits him to helm the Thor movie.
I’m very excited for this Marvel film, maybe even slightly more than some of the other films on Marvel’s release schedule. I believe Branagh will do this film justice and will help set the stage for The Avengers and hopefully more sequels and team-up films down the road.
On another positive note, it sounds like they may be getting close to casting the lead role for this film – Check out our discussion on the six actors reportedly on the short list to play Thor.
What do you think of Mr. Branagh as director and are you excited for this film?
Thor opens in theaters at its new later date of June 17, 2011.