Thor: The Dark World Director Says Focus on “Ancient Culture”

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Given director Alan Taylor and his background helming for Game of Thrones, his comments about the direction he is taking with the Marvel world of Thor should be welcome. The man knows the period drama inside and out. What was teased in the Thor: The Dark World trailer was not a coincidence. That feeling of a Lord of the Rings-type epic that is present is exactly what Taylor was shooting for.

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“I love doing period stuff, and I was immersed in Game of Thrones. I was lucky that Marvel seemed to have an appetite for that this time,” Taylor said in a recent interview with SFX.

“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.”

Can you picture Thor riding a horse? Well, you better because Taylor promises that and more. And we think he nails it when it comes to the peoples of Asgard being a much older society than the one we have on Earth.

“In my mind this is an ancient, ancient culture that highly reveres the horse and the culture of the horse,” Taylor added.

“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.”

And our expectations for the arrival of Thor: The Dark World on November 8 have only increased! 

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