Alan Taylor on What Makes Thor: The Dark World Different

Though 2011’s Thor introduced many filmgoers to the God of Thunder, it was just the tip of the iceberg as far as the comic character’s mythology goes. Marvel will dive head first into it all with the upcoming sequel this November, Thor: The Dark World, and director Alan Taylor is happy Marvel decided to make such a different film for the sequel.

“I love doing period stuff, and I was immersed in Game Of Thrones,” the director told SFX. “I was lucky that Marvel seemed to have an appetite for that this time. 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.”

One way the sequel will differ from the first? Thor will be riding a horse in the film.

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

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins star in the November 8th release.