Interview: Director Kenneth Branagh Talks Creating Marvel's 'Thor'
by Alex Billington
May 4, 2011
Marvel Studios has a knack for picking directors, from Jon Favreau to Louis Leterrier, and now Kenneth Branagh. Though he's received four Oscar noms for acting, directing and writing, Marvel asked Branagh to only direct their big screen adaptation of Thor, the superhero based on the classical Norse God of Thunder, making this his first comic book movie. Ever since Branagh got attached I've been dying to talk to him, he's a smart, talented, fascinating guy and I couldn't wait to talk to about Thor. This past weekend I was lucky enough to sit down with Branagh for an interview, covering Shakespeare, challenges, VFX and more. Enjoy!
Watch my full interview with Kenneth Branagh, director of Marvel's Thor (mostly spoiler free):
I tried to cover various topics regarding the elements of Thor that amazed me when I saw it, including the visual style and effects, to Branagh's history with Shakespeare and how that connected to the story, to Marvel's involvement with the movie. More than anything, I wanted this interview to be informative and insightful, and Branagh had a lot to say, so I just let him give his answers. I got to watch Thor before this interview and thought it was an awesome, an epic and entertaining way to kick off the summer, I really enjoyed it. Paramount is releasing Thor in theaters this weekend, on May 6th. It's already playing almost everywhere else worldwide. Thank you to Paramount and Mr. Branagh for the interview! Good answers?