Friday, September 17, 2010

Dancing With The Gods

Director Kenneth Branagh, currently hard at work readying his big screen adaptation of Thor for its launch next summer, spoke briefly with the Los Angeles Times' Geoff Boucher recently about his take on Marvel's famed Thunder God, and how it differs from Jon Favreau's approach to Marvel stablemate Iron Man (the second installment of which hits DVD very shortly):
“It’s how you dance pretty close to the edge to get the sort of modernity and the edge that Iron Man has and the real sharp comic sensibility of those two men,” he said. “So it’s a different kind of dance.
“I think Thor comes from a different place story-wise and character-wise. We have both Norse histories for Thor, hundreds of myths and fables told in many different ways, in addition to what Marvel has pillaged for the past 40 years or so to come up with their version of things, which sits in very strong structure, a really strong narrative structure.”
More from Branagh here.  Of course, as those who follow this site already know quite well, Thor is just one piece of the shared universe that Marvel has been building since the first Iron Man. The real test will come with Avengers in 2012 in determining whether these disparate franchises with different requirements for suspension of disbelief can successfully coexist anywhere but the comic book page without mainstream auds thinking it's just a big episode of WWE Smackdown.

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