Chris Hemsworth and Marvel's Kevin Feige Talk Thor 2
04.16.12 by Ryan
Marvel only has The Avengers scheduled for this year, but next year's Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 will see two of "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" continue their own solo adventures. Robert Downey Jr. recently spoke about how Iron Man 3 will focus on "the exploration" of Tony Stark and not his Avengers pals, and at the movie's premiere last week, Chris Hemsworth similarly told Zap 2It that Thor 2 will concentrate on the thunder god's life outside of The Avengers.
I haven't seen the script yet, but the big challenge was — we left Thor with that hope of Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) on Earth and Thor in another realm kind of somehow getting together. You know, I think the satisfying thing would be to see that happen. [Avengers writer-director] Joss [Whedon] did a great job of fostering that and putting her out of the picture for the moment. Also, whatever maturity Thor left in the first film, really being put to the test. I think he would like, now, to be put in the position to take over the throne and be worthy of that position. We'll see.
Thor 2 was written by Thor screenwriter Don Payne, with Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) hired to rewrite the script in January. From Hemsworth's comments, it would appear that Rodat has yet to finish his rewrites; however, Hemsworth may be confused on his media outlet talking points. In a recent interview with SlashFilm, Hemsworth had a complete reversal of his knowledge of Thor 2, admitting that he has "read a script" and has also met with director Alan Taylor (Palookaville, HBO's Game of Thrones) to discuss the sequel.
I have read a script and we start shooting in August. I met with Alan Taylor a couple of months ago and Natalie Portman and I and Alan and a couple of Marvel guys and it was hugely exciting. Ken [Branagh] did such a wonderful job and, with scheduling or what have you, he didn’t end up doing this one, but I’m a big fan of the Game of Thrones series, which is Alan’s latest work, and I think that is what’s exciting about the second one: making it sort of more tangible and having a more organic feel to Asgard and that world. I think the science fiction element to Thor... the danger is it falls a little bit into the world of it’s "tough to throw a light to." I think of big waterfalls and mountains and a Viking influence, where the Norse mythology kind of grew from. Having that in Asgard is going to make it all the more special and that’s what Alan wants to bring to it. I think that would be the new aspect to this one.
While Hemsworth's comments about seeing the script had some inconsistencies, it's doubtful the actor will be reprimanded for revealing anything about the Thor sequel, since Marvel's president of production Kevin Feige said even more while talking to Collider last week, confirming that "the crux of the whole sequel" is Thor and Jane Foster's relationship as well as the dynamic between Thor and Odin (Anthony Hopkins).
Well it’s sort of the crux of the whole sequel and it’s what Hemsworth is most excited about diving into, and it’s what is the heart of story; it’s Thor and Jane, to continue that dynamic. Really they were only together for three days, and do they love each other? Do they like each other? Do they know each other? We’re acknowledging that that love story in the first movie was sort of a quick crush, essentially, over the course of three quick days in the middle of the desert. And [the heart of the movie is also] the relationship between Thor and Odin, which does change drastically as it did over the course of the first movie, and picks up and continues from there.
Feige confirmed that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will be in Thor 2 — "You can’t do a Thor movie without Loki," said Feige — but revealed that Thor will also tackle "another big villain" as well. Then in another Avengers spoiler-ish comment, Feige revealed that Asgard will be in trouble after the events of the first movie. [WARNING: POTENTIAL AVENGERS SPOILERS:]
So while the relationship between Loki and Thor certainly has changed and has progressed, a lot of Thor 2 is picking up where it left off in terms of Jane, who you just saw for a moment on a computer monitor, and also what’s been going on in the nine realms without the Asgardians being able to use the Bifrost? I will just say it’s not good.
As for who the big bad will be in Thor 2, Hemsworth told Zap 2It not to expect Beta Ray Bill, the alien creature from Walt Simonson's legendary run on Marvel's Thor comic book that was deemed worthy enough to wield Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. However, according to Hemsworth, Bill looks too much "like a horse."
Yeah, that was one of the first comic books I read, actually. But I've got to say, I thought, "What is this half horse-looking character?" By the end I said "I get this and I like it." My first instinct was that I was a bit unsure. He's the only one who can pick up the hammer. He's a worthy from another planet. But he looks like a horse,
Expect more Thor 2 details as we get closer to the production. Jamie Alexander, who played the Asgardian warrior Sif in Thor, will return, and Idris Elba has also confirmed his return as Heimdall.