As long as Marvel Studios keeps pumping out Marvel superhero films, I'll keep going to the theater to watch them. I loved Kenneth Branagh's take on Thor, and it's sucks that he wont be back to direct sequel, but that doesn't mean the movie's going to suck. In fact, there's always the chance it could end up being better than the first one. The sequel is being directed by Game of Thrones helmer Alan Taylor, and Thor actor Chris Hemsworth reveals in an interview with /Film that he’s already read the script, and met with director and co-star Natalie Portman to discuss the movie. He also mentions in the interview that the sequel will have a whole new look and feel, especially in the realm of Asgard.
I have read a script and we start shooting in August. I met with Alan Taylor a couple of months ago and Natalie Portman and I and Alan and a couple of Marvel guys and it was hugely exciting. Ken [Branagh] did such a wonderful job and, with scheduling or what have you, he didn’t end up doing this one, but I’m a big fan of the GAME OF THRONES series, which is Alan’s latest work, and I think that is what’s exciting about the second one: making it sort of more tangible and having a more organic feel to Asgard and that world. I think the science fiction element to THOR… the danger is it falls a little bit into the world of it’s “tough to throw a light to.” I think of big waterfalls and mountains and a Viking influence, where the Norse mythology kind of grew from. Having that in Asgard is going to make it all the more special and that’s what Alan wants to bring to it. I think that would be the new aspect to this one.
Sounds good to me! Taylor was obviously a solid choice to take over the franchise, and it will be awesome to see his vision of a more grounded Viking influence in the world of Asgard. In a separate interview with Collider, Marvel president Kevin Feige added the following about what aspects of the story will focus on...
[Thor's maturity] is sort of the crux of the whole sequel and it’s what Hemsworth is most excited about diving into, and it’s what is the heart of story; it’s Thor and Jane, to continue that dynamic. Really they were only together for three days, and do they love each other? Do they like each other? Do they know each other? We’re acknowledging that that love story in the first movie was sort of a quick crush, essentially, over the course of three quick days in the middle of the desert. And [the heart of the movie is also] the relationship between Thor and Odin, which does change drastically as it did over the course of the first movie, and picks up and continues from there.
It sounds like they really have a solid grasp of what they are doing with this sequel. I have full confidence in the team that is developing this film, and they're going to bring us yet another epic Thor movie. What are your thoughts on what Hemsworth and Feige had to say in these interviews?