While it’s easy to look back on the first two Thor movies as overall underwhelming experiences, the original Thor was actually quite a special and pivotal film. No, it was never received perfectly by audiences or critics, but Thor was a character that was difficult to adapt to a film for audiences. He was essentially a god, and given that the world was pretty well grounded up until that point, there was no guarantee that it would mesh with the others.
But of course, times have now changed. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has now embraced the more outlandish aspects of their characters, and as evidenced by Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Some may look at this as a betrayal of what that original film did, but from the sound of it, original Thor director Kenneth Branagh is excited to witness this new direction, as he mentioned to ComingSoon.net.
“Really look forward to the fact that it’s clearly so different in tone, although Kevin Feige was in touch recently very sweetly, to say they use a bit of Patrick Doyle’s theme from the first movie and it’s quite a touching moment at the end of a great fun space adventure that sort of let’s you know the roots from which it came. They all sort of join up.
I’m very pleased it seems so releasing for Chris that the character’s been re-energized. Taika’s a terrific director, and a sense of fun and adventure with the character is also very pleasing to see. I’m proud to have been a small part of that universe and to have dealt with that subject tonally at a time when we were all pretty sweaty about whether we could make it work on its own, let alone as part of the great edifice that is now the MCU!”
It certainly sounds like Branagh has the right idea here. In a universe that’s lasted now 17 films, it’s inevitable that big changes are needed, and it’s nice to see that he’s embraced that aspect.
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