The UK press conference for Thor: The Dark World was buzzing- I would imagine partly due to the fact that the film was a resounding success among the visiting press, and partly because some of Hollywood’s hottest would be answering our questions.

The Q and A kicked off by asking each cast member which team they were on: Thor, Loki or Malekith. Making the way down the long table, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings and Christopher Eccleston answered with varying degrees, each exclaiming their neighbour’s character as their chosen team. Director Alan Taylor and producer Kevin Feige though remained indifferent – clearly finding it hard to pick a favourite from their work.

After the general niceties, the big topic that steered the conference was the injection of comedy in this otherwise dark sequel. Director Taylor addressed these comments by saying: “The key to the Marvel universe is you’re screwed if you don’t keep it funny.”  He added: “You need more comedy when the story becomes more fantastical and other worldly – you need something palatable for the audience to tag on to and embrace.”

Indeed, that atmosphere of humour and a relaxed nature also led to plenty of improvisation. Dennings admitted: “I kind of forgot how to do that after working on a show where improvisation was not allowed, I was like wait, what do I do? I think I got the phrase, ‘banana-balls’ in the film – that was my improv…”

The rest of the cast added that not only the humour but the relationships added a sense of realism to the otherwise comic-based nine realms technical stuff. Portman said: “I think I was able to prepare and ground my character thanks to her relationship woes with Thor – despite being propelled into another realm she still has the same worries of those women who may be watching the film. It’s the same with the family relationships in the film too, like Odin, Thor and Loki.”

One early question asked how they prepared for such fantastical roles. Hemsworth quoted on-screen father Odin, Anthony Hopkins: “First day on set Anthony looked around at our costumes and the set and said, ‘no acting required here then’”. The cast agreed that the film was so well thought out and the setting was so amazing that their characters would almost come secondary to the technicality of the film.

A brazen question came from a few rows back towards the end of the conference with one lady exclaiming that Comic-Con was evidence that Loki, although the villain, is actually a more popular character than Thor. This drew gasps from the crowd and laughs from Hemsworth and Hiddleston. Tom replied: “Loki is defined by Thor. He’s defined in opposition to him. They are ying and yang…Loki is a mixture of playfulness and charm. But he is a bitter, grief stricken, angry, lonely and proud individual.” After defending his character he then turned to Hemsworth and reassured him “there’s only one Thor man, I love you buddy”.

Much of the conference centred around the relationship between Loki and Thor with many wondering if Hemsworth had drawn on his own real-life brotherly relationships for this dynamic with Loki. “I guess you do get sibling rivalry but only on stupid stuff with my own brothers – like who can drive better or something like that. We wanted some of the scenes with Loki and Thor to feel irritating – like when you’re in the back of the car on a long journey with your siblings pushing and shoving. It’s playful.”

 

 

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Emily Stockham

Emily is from South London and has a degree in English Literature. Emily is a marketing assistant who writes about films and music in her spare time. Horror and grindhouse are her thing - although she will happily watch anything if it means a trip to the cinema.