If you enjoyed the quirky, fast talking Iron Man, don’t expect that same tone with Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. “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 to Hero Complex. “So it’s a different kind of dance.”
The director said:
“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.”
All this formality might sound a little rigid, but we agree that movies rooted in mythology should never have a humorous, lighthearted tone? Troy, Beowulf and Alexander all were laughable – though probably not intentionally – and, well, we all know how those turned out. A more serious superhero brings a sense of nobility. And, with the outfit he’s wearing in the movie, he’s going to need that honor to keep as much pride as he can.