You've got to admire Marvel Studios for its ability to plant itself in the spotlight and just stay there, unmoving, absorbing goodwill like a space vampire absorbs the lifeforce of unsuspecting astronauts. Has a movie company every had this much goodwill from fans and critics alike? How long can they maintain this? With so many promising projects on the horizon, I hope the answer is "Indefinitely."
The first or several new Marvel movie updates comes courtesy of the LA Times, who spoke with Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the currently filming Norse-god-as-superhero epic. The interview is not exactly overflowing with things we didn't already know, but it's a good read and it paints a solid picture of why a director known for his Shakespeare would be taking on a comic book movie. Branagh says he's been a fan of Thor since he was but a wee lad growing up in Belfast and he has embraced the challenge of making a movie that takes place in a mystical realm as well as the real world:
"Inspired by the comic book world both pictorially and compositionally at once, we've tried to find a way to make a virtue and a celebration of the distinction between the worlds that exist in the film but absolutely make them live in the same world...It's about finding the framing style, the color palette, finding the texture and the amount of camera movement that helps celebrate and express the differences and the distinctions in those worlds. If it succeeds, it will mark this film as different.... The combination of the primitive and the sophisticated, the ancient and the modern, I think that potentially is the exciting fusion, the exciting tension in the film."