Kenneth Branagh Opens Up About Thor’s MCU Evolution

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Original Thor director Kenneth Branagh recently talked about the God of Thunder’s transformation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The majority of the original Avengers have gone through several changes throughout the Infinity Saga. However, one could argue that Chris Hemsworth’s Thor has transformed the most, especially once Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok came out and cut his golden locks off.

Kenneth Branagh, director of the first Thor movie, spoke at length with about the Marvel character and touched on where he is at now after Avengers: Endgame:

“In a way, I think we put in some emotional ballast at the front of the story that means he could bounce around and develop in the way that he has and rather like all of the extraordinary ways that the Thor comics do. There’s an amazing diversity of story and character development inside 50-odd years of comics. The films are now doing it with the character.”

Later on the interview, Kenneth Branagh also talked about what he wanted to bring to the first Thor film:

“For me, I thought it was really important that everything we set up there to do with his being banished, his rough diamond beginning, his difficult relationship with his father and his brother. All of those things always were going to have tremendous potential if we could just make people connect with it upfront with the authenticity of the character’s feelings. I think they committed completely to it and so did the audience. Then, the world was their oyster in terms of where they might go to. In that sense, there’s a parallel with the comics that if you build it, they will come, and somewhere at the center of it we got something right that allowed the characters to fly.”

The director also opened up about the challenge of connecting Thor with the other heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

“When that movie was made, the tonal challenges of that new and new burgeoning Marvel universe was so immense. How do you find a way to let that one live in that first tier of four movies? It was the most extreme. We’d already had the brilliance of Robert [Downey Jr.] and Jon [Favreau]’s Iron Man. We’d already had the Hulk which hadn’t quite worked as they’d hope. We’d had the Captain America. We had to find the one with the guy with the blonde hair and rainbow bridge. That was always gonna be tricky.”

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Full details on the plot for Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder are currently under wraps, though the film will be partly based on Jason Aaron’s Mighty Thor comic book run, in which Jane Foster becomes the new Thor. Directed by Taika Waititi from a script he co-wrote with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, the film will star Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, and Christian Bale.

Thor: Love and Thunder is set to be released on February 11, 2022. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video content in the future!


Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.