Since he landed the job as director of ‘Thor: The Dark World’, Alan Taylor has always spoken candidly about things going on with the upcoming Phase Two Marvel movie. Recently, he continued to speak openly about his process with the Asgardian Avenger in a new interview where he discussed a number of topics, including the amount of exposition in the film and some potentially spoilery details.
While speaking to Huffington Post about the God of Thunder’s new feature film, Taylor addressed the fact that there is a ton of exposition in the beginning of the movie, which isn’t exactly his style. The filmmaker reveals that he preferred the earlier cuts that let things unfold as the story progressed rather than front-loading all the necessary information, but he’s not exactly unhappy with the finished product:
“I think my impulse is always to sort of trust the audience and to not feed it too directly. But, obviously, there’s a very successful model for these things that seems to work very well. So, who am I to quibble?”
Now, the more spoilery part of this interview. Taylor has been connected to some of the biggest deaths on television throughout his career including most recently Ned Stark from ‘Game of Thrones’. Now, he’s talking about feeling like an executioner and how it relates to Thor and company in his upcoming film:
“That’s funny. I got lucky for a while. After we killed Christopher Moltisanti in ‘The Sopranos’ (that is my favorite death scene, where Tony has a car crash and he kills his own cousin just by pinching his nostrils shut); after doing that, I looked back and I realized that I killed Caesar on ‘Rome’ and Wild Bill Hickok on ‘Deadwood’ and Ned Stark on ‘Game of Thrones’, and I felt like my job was executioner or something. The episode, major things were happening in them and major emotional events are taking place and the scale of the storytelling is really satisfying.
And in this one, we got to kill, or sort of kill, two major characters. And that, I think, is part of the darkening of the movie from the first one — that we were taking on things like that. The idea, in my mind, is that Thor is a character who continues to grow and he’s not just a static superhero and, in the first film, he went from being an impetuous prince to being somebody who is more responsible. And, in our film, he continued to grow up and went through the darker phase of growing up where you start to realize the world is more complicated than you thought and what you wanted might not be what you really want. In my mind, when we started calling it ‘The Dark World’, it wasn’t just elves — it was adulthood [that] is the Dark World. And that’s what he’s growing into and part of that was losing people he loved.”
I’m sorry. Did he just say that they’re killing off two major characters in ‘Thor: The Dark World’?! Now THAT is a pretty hefty bombshell to drop in an interview! And then for everyone else who hasn’t seen those other shows, that’s four more. Who do you think will be the characters to bite the dust in Marvel Studio’s next movie? Speculate away in the comment section below.
‘Thor: The Dark World’ starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, and Anthony Hopkins hits theaters on November 8, 2013.