Creative Control and Comic Books

18 Jan

It’s confirmed!  In summer 2013, we can expect Thor 2.

For Thor 2, Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston have all signed on.  Everyone is still waiting on Anthony Hopkins…but really what else has he got going on these days? One person not returning to the movie is director Kenneth Branagh.  Rumors suggest that there was a breakdown in contract negotiations and Branagh had arguments with the studio over creative control.

Apparently, Marvel is having similar problems with director, John Favreau.  John Favreau will not be returning to direct the 3rd installment of the Iron Man movies either.  Possibly due to Marvel’s tight budget, but also creative control.  In an interview with MTV, Favreau said the following about Marvel and Iron Man 3:

“In theory, Iron Man 3 is going to be a sequel or continuation of Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Avengers… This whole world … I have no idea what it is. I don’t think they do either, from conversations I’ve had with those guys.”

Generally, I think directors should have complete creative control over their movies.  When actors, studios and producers have input into a movie, audiences are forced to watch the disjointed and bland result. If the director has complete control and the movie is horrible, well you know who’s to blame.

On the other hand, the studio is trying to introduce other characters from the Marvel universe into its movies and have crossover storylines.  Sure, this is annoying for the directors because they want to focus on their movie and characters, but these characters were not created by the director and there are already existing story arcs.  As a comic book reader, if I went to see a Marvel movie and they just came up with a storyline out of thin air instead of using the comic books as a resource, I’d be pissed.

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