Director Matthew Vaughn on Marvel's Thor
Matthew Vaughn, who launched his directing career with Layer Cake in 2004 and followed it up with Neil Gaiman's Stardust this year, is already hard at work on his next film - Marvel's Thor. We've mentioned the project as one of the many in the works from Marvel, but this is one of the first times Vaughn has spoken out about it and the style he's going for with the superhero.
The interview comes from Empire Online, who gives a good overview of the comic book film and discusses some details with Vaughn.
"When I went into Marvel for my first X-Men meeting, I saw a figure on the desk and said 'are you guys are going to make Thor?' They said, 'We're just going to commission a script. We want to do it like Gladiator with Norse mythology and the birth of a superhero.' That really stuck in my mind. And when Marvel saw Stardust, they asked me to do it. So here I am, back again and prepping Thor."
The biggest issue surrounding a film about Thor is considering who exactly this superhero is and his placement in the world. Typically Hollywood has set comic book films in the modern day and in our modern world - Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man are all like this. With Thor, the mythological version is set back in ancient times in Asgard, whereas the comic version is set in modern times. Vaughn's interest is in setting the film primarily back in Asgard - essentially meaning Gladiator with Norse mythology as stated above.
"My only concern initially was that it's another fantasy film [after Stardust], but it's different in the sense that it's a superhero film set in the world of fantasy. You've got Thor and Odin and it's set in Asgard - it's not going to be like Lord of the Rings or even Narnia. I think it's important to keep it comic book. We're not doing the Thor of Norse mythology. We're doing the Marvel Thor."
As for Thor being the immensely powerful superhero that everyone who reads the Marvel comic book knows him to be, that will definitely be the case. Marvel actually asked Vaughn, "You are going to make Thor more macho? Right?" His response was plain and simple, "Don't worry – Thor's not going to be wearing a dress." I would like to use the cliché of "that says it all", but really it almost says nothing. The most that statement says is that at least Vaughn has a grasp on Thor and in general that's a good start.
I've got to admit, Thor doesn't top my list of comic book movies I'm looking forward to. Honestly I didn't even like Stardust that much. I really hope Marvel put this project in the right hands, and given some of these statements from Vaughn, I'm a little more confident that they did.