Kenneth Branagh had a chat with The LA Times and gives some insight to how he approached directing Thor, compared to Jon Favreau’s Iron Man.On the difference of both films:
“It’s a different story, and also, in that regard, Jon is a bit of a genius when it comes to that orchestration and getting the max out of another genius in Downey.”
On the comedy in Iron Man:
“It’s how you dance pretty close to the edge to get the sort of modernity and the edge that ‘Iron Man’ has and the real sharp comic sensibility of those two men,” he said. “So it’s a different kind of dance.”
On where Thor comes from:
“I think ‘Thor’ comes from a different place story-wise and character-wise. We have both Norse histories for Thor, hundreds of myths and fables told in many different ways, in addition to what Marvel has pillaged for the past 40 years or so to come up with their version of things, which sits in very strong structure, a really strong narrative structure.”
On the dialogue in Thor:
“Formality, as least on the Asgardian side of things; there’s a semi-ornateness to all of it that means we start from a more ordered universe, then the story turns toward the chaotic.”
So there wasn’t that much improvising but I think that works for a film like Thor since he is a god and there was always formality when it come to how he behaved, spoke, and viewed things around him in the comics. So it would be fun to see how that mixes up with Robert Downey Jr.s’ Tony Stark.
“That’s what’s going to make the Avengers fascinating. I think a character like Thor is the absolute opposite of someone like Tony Stark and the mix, complement and clash of those personalities will be very interesting to watch.”
I for one cannot wait for both films.