Screenwriter Mark Protosevich talked to the Chicago Tribune (registration required) about his passion for Asgard. “That project is as much a passion project for me as ‘I Am Legend,’” he said. “I was a comic book kid. Thor was my absolute favorite. There used to be a segment in the Thor comics called ‘Tales of Asgard’ — and it’s much more akin to that. It really is set in that world. It does deal with Earth. The primary focus we’re taking on it is really all about the Norse myths.”
This is good news. With so many directions to take this project in, the fantasy angle is the best one.
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 60′s, Thor is the embodiment of the Norse thunder god who shares his existence with Doctor Donald Blake. The series was a typical action tale with the usual Marvel Comics twists of unrequited live. Doctor Blake was deeply in love with his nurse, Jane Foster, but thought of himself as too frail to win her affections. Added to the complication was the fact that Odin the Allfather was furious that his son Thor was wasting his time with a mortal.
The character of the comic book series spent much of his time on Earth transforming between his alter ego and super heroic form, battling menaces from the stars and deep within the planet itself. But the series always came to life when Thor traveled to fabled Asgard, which spawned a series of stories ‘Tales of Asgard’ all depicted in stunning Kirby style.
If the film can capture just a portion of that magic, it should be a great flick.
But, uh… who’s to play ol’ goldilocks?