Alan Taylor Talks Asgard’s New Look In Thor: The Dark World
When they first announce that Thor would be coming to the big screen, one of the most talked about topics was how the realm of Asgard would be portrayed. Director of Thor, Kenneth Branagh, took a bit of a futuristic approach to the design, giving the world of Odin a more alien look rather the more medieval approach that many had expected. But with Alan Taylor coming on board to helm the anticipated sequel, a new look and feel was also added. The few glimpses we’ve gotten from trailers shows us a much different and more historical look, one that most people were expecting to see. In a recent interview with SFX Magazine, Taylor explains the new take, as well as the reasoning behind the first film’s futuristic look.
“I love doing period stuff, and I was immersed in Game Of Thrones,” the director explains. “I was lucky that Marvel seemed to have an appetite for that this time. They’d consciously steered away from that kind of thing in the first one. Because they wanted to make sure they were distinguishing themselves from Lord Of The Rings. They didn’t want to be mistaken for that. But by the time I came along it seemed like they were ready to embrace a slightly more historical attitude towards it.”
It’s certainly understandable that you’d want to distinguish yourself from previous fantasy films and I really do believe it was a good move to do so. However, now that Thor has been established, along with Asgard, they can take on their own world and not have it collide with other properties. Asgard is the only change we’ll see in the upcoming film, as Taylor has put a focus on the culture’s use and respect for the horse. Yep, you read that right. In the first film, we saw Thor and his friends riding horses across the Bifrost Bridge, and that was really about all we saw of them, but Alan Taylor felt there needed to be more involvement from the beasts, so we can expect to see more of them.
“In my mind this is an ancient, ancient culture that highly reveres the horse and the culture of the horse. We still use fountain pens because we think they’re really cool – it’s not like we all use laser pens. So I think there’s a living culture that keeps these things. To me the defining thing was that Thor is a superhero amongst many superheroes, but the thing that makes him different is the thing that should be featured in the movie. And that is that he’s also a warrior prince from ancient culture.”
From the few shots we’ve seen, Asgard certainly has a more historic look compared to the first. Which do you like better? The more futuristic approach or the newer look? Thor: The Dark World hits theaters on November 8th and sees Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Jamie Alexander and Stellan Skarsgård all reprise their respective roles. Christopher Eccleston, Zachary Levi and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje have all joined the cast.