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When you have one of the directors of Game of Thrones
taking the reins on Thor: The Dark World
, it is no surprise that the God of Thunder goes back to his ancient roots. After all, this historical connection is a large part of what separates Thor from his more modern, high tech Avengers
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 an ancient culture,” director Alan Taylor said in an interview with Total Film
One of the big additions is seeing Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) on horseback, something only briefly glimpsed in the first Thor
film. In addition, Thor’s homeworld, Asgard, will have more of a mix between advanced science (or magic, as we mere mortals would call it) and ancient traditions.
When thinking of another film that blends these two together to great effect, Lord of the Rings
certainly comes to mind, and the comparison is a fair one according to Taylor.
“They’d (the studio) 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,” Taylor said. “But by the time I came along it seemed like they were ready to embrace a slightly more historical attitude towards it.”
To that end, Asgard will certainly look different than it did in Thor
, but if the trailers are any indication, audiences are not going to be disappointed.
Thor: The Dark World
opens in UK cinemas on October 30th
and in US theaters on November 8th