If your an avid comic book fan like me, I’m sure you’ve been steadily following all Marvel film activity. The studio is gradually building up to produce a superhero team up movie that will be unprecedented for the genre. Iron Man 2 is halfway through production, and just a couple weeks ago the two leads for Thor were announced. Since Thor is obviously the next film to get fast tracked by the Marvel machine, I’ve been seriously concerned with how the writers will make this character and his world fit in with the universe that has already been established by Jon Favreau’s Iron Man.
The film’s screenwriters tell us what we can expect from the epic character.
Thor screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz recently opened up about what they have in store for the Norse god. Over at Cinefools, they’ve posted an interview with these two in which they discussed their angle for the film. I think the most obvious question that needed to be asked is how in the world will Thor exist in today’s society with all of his mystical back story?
“Thor’s powers are godly, yes. And his zip code is a little different. But at the end of the day, (Thor’s) a man. In the comics, Odin sends him to Earth because he’s not perfect. He’s brash, arrogant. Even over-confident. We all know that guy — some of us have even been that guy. Stan Lee’s genius was to give Thor-as-hero an emotional throughline we could all relate to, and knock him down a couple of pegs.” Miller added, “The challenge is to dramatize that and make the audience see what the fans have known and believed about the character all along.”
To me it seems like their reaching, but Miller goes on to talk about Thor and his relationship to the “real world.”
As for realism, i have to ask you back: what does that mean? If the standard is, does he throw his back out if he hurls the hammer a little too hard… probably not. He’s a god. He’s incredibly strong. He can fly. He tosses lightning bolts. There’s nothing realistic about any of that. But he also bleeds. He struggles. Life kicks him where it hurts the most. Dramatically speaking, the powers and Asgard are gravy. The meat — and what makes it a Marvel movie — is the character.
I can see where they’re trying to go, but I just don’t know if it will transfer well to film. Even in the comics and the animated Avengers films, Thor sticks out like a sore thumb. They poke fun at his eccentric behavior, and the long winded speeches he gives before clobbering his opponents. Here it seems as if they want to take him a lot more seriously, which is good, but I still can’t help but envision Tony Stark cracking some jokes at Thor’s expense.
What do you think of the writer’s vision for a “real world” Thor?