Where is Thor's Kenneth Branagh Getting His Inspiration?
Thor was first introduced in Marvel comics back in 1962 and there is a lot of material available to pull from. So where is director Kenneth Branagh turning for inspiration on Thor? "I think that [Thor stories] go through golden patches and purple patches and everyone has personal favorites," Branagh tells MTV. "The recent runs have been marvelous. The J. Michael Straczynski run has been a tremendous achievement." He adds: "But I've also been reading way back, reading classic, vintage runs as well. There are many Thors and many accounts of the stories across nearly 50 years of the comics. We look to raid from the best."
I'm not a follower of Thor, so I can't speak about the comics, but I've become increasingly excited to see Branagh's take on the god of thunder. Last week we ran some quotes from screenwriter Ashley Miller talking about pulling inspiration from The Ultimates 2, a great graphic novel that will hopefully inspire The Avengers movie as well. As for meetings Branagh has taken with Marvel, they're purely educational. "A lot of the job up to this point has been listening to people who know more and better than I," Branagh admits. "I have a very strong view of how to approach it myself, but I'm still listening and learning happily."