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Kenneth Branagh talks Thor

Thor director Kenneth Branagh took a break from filming in Santa Fe, New Mexico to take part in an interview with the LA Times. Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige also spoke about the upcoming Iron Man 2 connection with The First Avenger: Captain America and more.  Head on over the jump for some excerpts.

The story of Thor, Branagh says, is split between Asgard, the  home of the Norse gods, and the modern world:

“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.”

The LA Times report also talked about Marvel’s plans to incorporate several of their upcoming films:

Young Hemsworth will also star as “Thor” in the planned “Avengers” movie, the superhero team film where (if the current casting plan holds) the Aussie newcomer will have to hold his own with far more experienced peers — Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man;  Edward Norton Jr. as the Hulk’s alter ego, Bruce Banner; and Chris Evans as Captain America.

Interesting to note that the LA Times says Edward Norton (“The Incredible Hulk”) will play Bruce Banner in The Avengers. That’s been the rumor for some time, but there’s been no confirmation from the studio or Norton. The report goes on:

Feige said the plan to meld the Marvel Universe on the silver screen will move forward dramatically now and he said there are some surprises in “Iron Man 2” that set up an unexpected bond to the “Captain America” movie that director Joe Johnston is doing early work on now in England.

“Now many of the pieces are in place … with ‘Iron Man 2’ finished and ‘Thor’ more than halfway done, that lattice work is being built.”

Feige said Branagh is proving to be the ideal choice for “Thor” — the executive knew he would be after seeing the buoyant and accessible “Much Ado About Nothing,” which made Shakespeare fun and funny even to “comic book fans like me,” Feige said. He added: “You could actually laugh and understand all of it.”

Iron Man 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 7, 2010.  The First Avenger: Captain America hits theaters on May 6, 2011 followed by Thor a little more than two months later on July 22, 2011.