SFX240 PREVIEW Thor 2 Has A Different Look

Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor explains why his version of Asgard is less “shiny and clean”.

“Damn it, my horse was standing here a minute ago.”

The man taking the baton from Kenneth Branagh for the Thor sequel, Game Of Thrones helmer Alan Taylor, is taking a different approach to visual style for the Marvel sequel.

“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.”

That explains why, despite their advance technology, you’ll be seeing Thor on horseback in the new movie.

“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.”

Read more about Thor: The Dark World in the new issue of SFX, on sale Wednesday 18 September, in print and in digital. Why not subscribe to make sure you never miss an issue?

SFX 240 cover featuring Thor