Thor director Kenneth Branagh took a break from the filming in Santa Fe, New Mexico to talk to the Los Angeles Times about the May 6, 2011 release and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige talked about Iron Man 2‘s connection to Captain America as well.
Branagh said he viewed the story being split between Asgard and the modern world more as an opportunity than a challenge:
"Inspired by the comic book world both pictorially and compositionally at once, we’ve tried to find a way to make a virtue and a celebration of the distinction between the worlds that exist in the film but absolutely make them live in the same world," Branagh said. "It’s about finding the framing style, the color palette, finding the texture and the amount of camera movement that helps celebrate and express the differences and the distinctions in those worlds. If it succeeds, it will mark this film as different…. The combination of the primitive and the sophisticated, the ancient and the modern, I think that potentially is the exciting fusion, the exciting tension in the film."
Debunking the rumors that Anthony Hopkins has clashed with Branagh on set, the director added:
"It’s going very, very well," Branagh said Wednesday. "We’re in New [Mexico] now where we have a contemporary Earth part of our story. I guess we’re two-thirds of the way through the story and at this stage of the game what’s surprising and delighting me is the way the cast, the ensemble, has fused together. It’s kind of an interesting combination of very young and very experienced people and the double-up of that, it seems to me, is there is a lot of fire in the movie. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, it doesn’t try to be too solemn."
Feige also said that there are some surprises in Iron Man 2 that set up an unexpected bond to the Captain America movie that director Joe Johnston is working on in England.
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