Actor Chris Hemsworth has been a busy man in Hollywood as of late. Right now he has the critically acclaimed film The Cabin in the Woods in release and Joss Whedon‘s comic-book blockbuster The Avengers is just around the corner. While doing some interviews for his films, /Film managed to ask Hemsworth a couple questions about his upcoming blockbuster Thor 2.
Hemsworth replied with some interesting comments on director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) and how he’ll be taking the film in a more naturalistic direction, opposite of Kenneth Branagh‘s more science fiction take on the Marvel character.
Here’s what Hemsworth said:
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.
As much as I liked Thor, I think that this is naturally a good thing. Taking the character and the series in a different direction is crucial for a sequel. Nothing is worse than watching the same thing over and over and Thor is such a diverse character, so it shouldn’t be hard to mix things up for the sequel.
Producer Kevin Feige discussed the film even more in another interview. Here’s what he said:
[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’s nice to know that the relationship between Hemsworth and Natalie Portman‘s character will be detailed more in the sequel, because it really did feel like a rushed afterthought while watching the first film. Also, the relationship between Thor and Odin seems to still be a main focus, which is great because the first film left off at just the right moment in their relationship.
All of this talk about Thor 2 has me really excited for the film, but that excitement is going to have to wait because the film doesn’t open until November 15th, 2013.
As always though, we’ll keep you posted on more news as it arises.