Director Kenneth Branagh Talks Thor

Director Kenneth Branagh Talks <i>Thor</i>

While taking a short break from the Thor movie set, Kenneth Branagh answered a few questions about his experiences in the worlds of acting and directing; inevitably, the God of Thunder was brought up...

During a recent Q & A with Kenneth Branagh, the critically acclaimed actor and director was asked what kind of research he did to prepare himself to helm Marvel Studios' comic book adaptation Thor and what he feels about the tone of the film.

"Well, you realize of course that if I told you this I would have to kill you [laughs].. I have to be a bit tediously diplomatic about it because it is a work still in progress, but I can answer the first part. Thor from the Marvel comics, you'll know better than me, I think started in 1961-62 and there have been vast changes in the way the character has been presented. Marvel raided, in a brilliant way, the Norse sagas.. and so my research has been to acquaint myself with both things; the Norse myths and all of the Marvel comics, basically.

"My reading on a daily basis is literature from 870 AD and Jack Kirby and Stan Lee circa '67 as well.. And maybe that heads towards a tone that, we're discovering, honors both of those sources. "

Check out the video below to hear Branagh share his thoughts on Shakespeare in film and how he found a balance between acting and directing:

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JLanphear - 5/9/2010, 11:10 AM
Kenneth Branagh is THE perfect choice of director for this. His blend of classic and modern storytelling will be a beautiful fit for the God of Thunder.
LEEE777 - 5/9/2010, 11:16 AM
JLanphear @ Agreed!!

I think IF we got anyone else we would have ended up with that sh1TTy Ultimate version LOL! : P

This movie will be EPIC beyond EPIC's!!!

DaenerysTargaryen - 5/9/2010, 11:19 AM
Two funny thor-related videos:

DaenerysTargaryen - 5/9/2010, 11:22 AM
we know how much you hate the Ultimates. You really don't have to remind us every day.
InTylerWeTrust - 5/9/2010, 11:31 AM
It'll be awesome. I have no doubts that this movie will deliver.

And IM2 after-credits FTW :)
jazzman - 5/9/2010, 11:35 AM
this is great news. nice find MultiPurposePoni
revolver737 - 5/9/2010, 11:42 AM
Awesome find. So has anyone else noticed Loki in the background of the picture? If thats really him then his costume is perfect!
DaenerysTargaryen - 5/9/2010, 11:45 AM
I think it's a fan altered photo.
XmutantX - 5/9/2010, 11:50 AM
sooo photoshopped :)
REAL213 - 5/9/2010, 11:58 AM
Cant wait to see the trailer!!
TheDemonHunter - 5/9/2010, 12:00 PM
"My reading on a daily basis is literature from 870 AD and Jack Kirby and Stan Lee circa '67 as well.. And maybe that heads towards a tone that, we're discovering, honors both of those sources. "

This is really no less than I expected from Branagh, and I'm quite happy to hear he's using both the sagas and the comics to draw on for inspiration. Nearly everything we've heard so far about this project has been a positive in my eyes.
fanboiii - 5/9/2010, 12:48 PM
I think there's some kind of superhero dancing fetish. That reminds me, I saw Iron Man II last night. 8/10! It's a little bit more serious, pacing in the middle was slightly off, and the end fight was kind of short. Still really good. I enjoyed it as much as the first.
JoshWilding - 5/9/2010, 1:00 PM
I have no doubt that Branagh is the right guy to direct Thor! Hell, everything from the look of the costume, the leaked Destroyer picture and to what was in the Iron Man 2 after credit scene looks pretty much 100% faithful to the comic books! I just cant wait until Comic Con because I have a feeling that will be when we get to finally see some footage! :)
pitchblack - 5/9/2010, 1:26 PM
Gilderoy Lockhart baby... lol. Should be good.
BIGBMH - 5/9/2010, 1:40 PM
I really like how he's approaching this. It sounds like it will be quite awesome. I'm not that familiar with the beginnings of Thor so I'm curious to see how much of the movie will take place on Asgard and how much will be on Earth.
DaenerysTargaryen - 5/9/2010, 1:46 PM
it looks like Thor has boobs in that pic.
InTylerWeTrust - 5/9/2010, 2:03 PM
Someone say boobs?

Woohoo! Pictures, Images and Photos
ngu13 - 5/9/2010, 2:06 PM
@tea got back from amsterdam today .... they had a shop with every thing in it ... iron man helmets batman masks ...supermans cape ..all sorts of stuff ... igot a war machine statue .... 15inch tall ....
rodsvilaca - 5/9/2010, 2:12 PM
RED CAPE... huh!? WRONNNNG!!! Vikings didn't wear RED CAPES. But actually ROMAN generals did.
DaenerysTargaryen - 5/9/2010, 2:40 PM
I can tell ;)
ngu13 - 5/9/2010, 2:52 PM
@ tea i saw her in a window lol...went in lots of shops mate
ngu13 - 5/9/2010, 2:53 PM
big bada boobies
ngu13 - 5/9/2010, 3:28 PM
@tea fith element m8... big bada boobies m8...thats just ..well very nice realy ...but i said god damm
Layperson - 5/9/2010, 3:49 PM
this is the best website
Phinehas - 5/9/2010, 3:56 PM
I cry a little when I come here. I try and leave pieces of me where I can, because is oozes with coolness. Yet I fear that I defile it too, making me feel conflicted.
valeriesghost - 5/9/2010, 4:16 PM
i don't think i've ever looked forward to a CBM as much as this one.

and i'm reading ultimate spider-man for the first time and just finished Ultimate Marvel Team-Ups and i'm sorry LEEE777, but i love that shit ;0P
valeriesghost - 5/9/2010, 4:21 PM
Ahhh, Professor Lockheart, you shoulda never picked up Ron's broken wand...
ROMACK - 5/9/2010, 4:33 PM
This will be THE epic movie of next summer. I really hope they are thinking BIG. The likes of Troy and Gladiator EPIC BIG. This movie could really stand out from All other Marvel films thus far. I have never been a big Thor fan but am getting really excited about this movie.
ROMACK - 5/9/2010, 4:34 PM

Thanks for the Boobs buddy!
CaptainAmerica - 5/9/2010, 4:53 PM
Now that Iron Man 2 is out of the way(kinda), i hope they can focus more on releasing Thor pics and footage :)
ukboy28 - 5/9/2010, 6:06 PM
2011 is defo going to be an epic year, glad they got Branagh behind this :)
ukboy28 - 5/9/2010, 6:16 PM
sir@ they are quite epic lol :)
ukboy28 - 5/9/2010, 6:22 PM
hahahaha boobssssssssssss every where :)
jjmeylar - 5/9/2010, 8:38 PM
So: he's doing classic "Thor" comics mixed with the actual myths? You see: that kind of vision is what makes him perfect for this. A lot of directors wouldn't combine the two in the way that he's wanting to do.
mindform - 5/9/2010, 10:09 PM
I have so much hope for this movie, I'm pretty sure it'll be mind-blowing stuff :')
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 5/10/2010, 4:48 AM
I'm so pumped for this movie it should be illegal!

This is the movie I'm looking forward to more than any other of the next couple of years. Yes, Captain America, Batman 3, Green Lantern even Avengers are on the radar but we all have a good idea of how they will be presented on screen. I can imagine how all of them will look, but Thor is still an enigma to some extent, there's a larger scope for failure but the taste of success could surpass the others.
comicb00kguy - 5/10/2010, 7:43 AM
So he's looking to the Lee/Kirby stories as well as the genuine Norse mythology as inspiration and source material for this film? Now THAT is an interesting mixture, and certainly something that sounds cool to me. The more I hear about this movie, the more I'm starting to look forward to seeing it.
HelaGood - 5/10/2010, 9:29 AM
Branagh is gonna do an amazing job!!
DaenerysTargaryen - 5/10/2010, 2:56 PM
Off topic: This is how I think some of you guys would react if you were in a situation like this:
Phinehas - 5/10/2010, 5:19 PM
I can't believe I watched two warped, and one possibly demon-possessed individual, have a back and forth like that for 5 minutes. That kid was nuts! Why would such a young man need viagra, btw? At his age, he should have bone constantly. Oh! And wasting viagara on porn?
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