Well, though Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor: Ragnarok may be a favourite of many but Kenneth Branagh laid the base does it with Thor back in 2011. As we move towards the 4th part in the Franchise – Thor: Love And Thunder, let’s take a nostalgic stroll with the director himself.
In a recent interview, director Kenneth Branagh opened up about the exact moment when he along with the team at Marvel decided to cast Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki.
In a conversation with Collider, Kenneth revealed, “I’ll never forget the moment that we cast those two boys. It was like a sort of meditation or a sort of incantation… Kevin Feige must’ve walked around this long oval table a hundred times on that Saturday morning as I kept sort of saying, ‘I think we should call them.’ ‘Are you sure?’ ‘Yeah, I think we should call them.’… and I knew how profoundly serious that decision was. Kevin said, ‘We’ll never make a more important decision in this company than what’s happening in this room, Saturday morning at 10:30 when you pick up the phone to Chris Hemsworth and then Tom Hiddleston. It’s either going to work or it’s not. Good luck.’”
After the super-success of Iron Man, Kenneth Branagh had to make something very special with Thor. He added, “There was no question that tonally Thor was critical after the massive success of the brilliant Iron Man from Mr Favreau and Robert, and then slightly less successful, in their terms, The Incredible Hulk. Thor became critical to being the sort of tonal bridge—featuring literally a rainbow bridge as well—between, as it were, the Earthbound and space-bound and fantasy-bound parts of the Marvel universe.”
He also discussed why Thor’s world and what he has to offer to the team was different from other superheroes, “So there was a kind of connective matrix that Thor, Asgard, the Nine Realms and everything that it involved could provide inside that large Marvel Cinematic Universe that was enormously important that couldn’t be done by the brilliant Captain America because it wasn’t the same material. This was the one that said, ‘Is there a fantastical future?’”
He then opened up about his exit from the second instalment of Thor, “The way things work, there was a version of events where… sometimes with these stories, I like to plan them as trilogies, but it’s much harder in this world for that to work out because the stakes are so high you’ve gotta really see how the first one does. When the first one was finished, essentially it had been three fantastic years of my life, but I needed to recharge on something else. I was too close to the glass on that one, so I would definitely never say never again because it changed my life and changed my career and I’m profoundly grateful for it. I wasn’t ready to go straight into another one, but I like the idea of… I’d love to be planning something that was a three-partner in movie terms. That hasn’t come along yet but maybe it will.”