In the individual Marvel franchises, quality has varied greatly. “Iron Man” had a great start, a widely disliked second and a highly divisive third entry. “Guardians” had a beloved first film and a more mixed second. “Captain America” had the best run with two good films bookending a great one in between.
Then there’s “Thor”. Kenneth Branagh’s initial entry is space opera extraordinaire with all its gilded camp trampings intact – it’s neither really hated or loved but how much people like it varies greatly. Alan Taylor’s ‘The Dark World’ has its defenders but often deservedly sits at the bottom of the entire MCU canon.
Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” was widely beloved upon release and is still seen as a very welcome tonal shift towards more comedy and pulp trappings, even as its relative thinness means it wears out quickly. In a new interview with GQ, the franchise’s star Chris Hemsworth gets fairly honest about the previous films, saying after ‘The Dark World’ the change was very much needed:
“The first one is good, the second one is meh. What masculinity was, the classic archetype – it just all starts to feel very familiar. I was so aware that we were right on the edge.”
He adds that the big change that Waititi brought was to switch the masculine role model, changing it up from the classic action hero role to someone still definitely masculine but much more fun an interesting. That role model? Kurt Russell:
“Not to say that Kurt Russell has ever been ‘less masculine’ than contemporary heroes. [His characters were] just more flawed than contemporary heroes.”
The quotes come as it has been revealed over at Slashfilm that the scene towards the end of “Avengers: Infinity War” where Thanos and a younger Gamora briefly talk was going to be initially a whole lot darker – namely, the Mad Titan would be walking through a river of blood.
“Avengers: Infinity War” is out on disc this week.