Brand New, You're Retro: 'Thor' to Get Old-Fashioned Overhaul

Thor The Dark World Poster Art - P 2013
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Be prepared for a new look for Marvel's second solo outing for "Thor" -- except that this version of new will actually be very old indeed.

As everyone who saw the first Thor movie can remember, the set designers took the idea of Asgard's shining spires very literally -- the entire world that Thor comes from was distractingly shiny and glossy, which had the unfortunate side effect of making it seem a little less than real. That won't be a problem in Thor: The Dark World, however, according to director Alan Taylor.

Taylor told SFX Magazine that the Asgard of The Dark World is much more in keeping with the aesthetic he worked within on HBO's Game of Thrones. Marvel, he explained, had "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," but this time around, "it seemed like they were ready to embrace a slightly more historical attitude towards it."

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That historical attitude stretches to Thor's chosen mode of transport for the sequel, it turns out. "In my mind, this is an ancient, ancient culture that highly reveres the horse and the culture of the horse," Taylor explained. "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," he went on, "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."

All of that is well and good, but the question does have to be asked: Even if Thor does think that horses are cool and all, why would a guy who could fly use a horse at all? Wouldn't he just fly everywhere? Clearly, the [Norse] gods must be crazy.