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Kenneth Branagh & Kevin Feige THOR Interview

by Christina Radish at Collider
Along with Marvel’s Kevin Feige, director Kenneth Branagh is the man behind bringing Thor to life on the big screen. Following the highly anticipated Marvel panel at Comic-Con, the two talked about imagining a film of this size, the importance of casting the pivotal roles, the appeal of a story like Thor and making sure this film fits into the Marvel universe, for the future Avengers film. Kevin Feige also addressed his decision to be so direct in his official statement to replace Edward Norton.

Who was the first person you wanted to cast for the film?

Ken: We felt as though the only possible place to start was Thor, and that it had to be somebody we hadn’t seen before. We knew we were going to begin a great big search for that, and somebody needed to walk into the room and be prepared to work out and be a sensitive actor, at the same time. Eventually, we stroke gold with Mr. Hemsworth.

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Natalie Portman & Kat Dennings THOR Interview

by Christina Radish at Collider
Co-stars Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings talked about bringing the female power to Thor. Portman also dispelled rumors that she’d been offered the role in the American remake of  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and gave an update about the status of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

So, were you both big Thor afficionados before this?

Kat: I had read my brother’s comics.

Natalie: I knew nothing, but quickly got up to speed.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson will keep investigating superhero secrets, in Marvel’s Avengers

By Meredith Woerner at io9

After two appearances in the Iron Man movies, it’s safe to say that everyone loves S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson. Wherever he goes, Easter Eggs follow. Thankfully, actor Clark Gregg is headed to The Avengers. But first, what’s he doing in Thor?

In the Thor roundtable interviews at Comic Con, we got to spend some quality time with Clark Gregg, the actor who plays Agent Coulson, who just found out that he would be appearing in The Avengers.

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4 revealing pics from Josh Hutcherson’s Spider-Man screen test

By Scott Edelman at Blastr
When Andrew Garfield was named as the new Spider-Man earlier this month, we have to admit, we were kind of surprised. Didn’t Josh Hutcherson have a lock on the role? Turns out he didn’t—but that doesn’t mean we don’t get to see what kind of Spider-Man he might have been!

We’d love to see Hutcherson’s audition someday so we can judge what kind of wallcrawler the actor would have made, but until then, check out these screengrabs obtained by thinkmcflythink and let us know what you think.

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Cap Will Have Multiple Costumes and Shields in Captain America

by Brent Sprecher at Comic Book Movies
Actor Chris Evans sat down with MTV to discuss his new movie, Captain America: The First Avenger, which he took a break from filming to attend the San Diego Comic-Con, and spoke at length about the characteristic star-spangled costume and shield.

Evans confirmed that the suit would be “chunkier” and utilitarian:

“It’s not this sleek spandex suit. It looks like something you might wear in the ’40s in the middle of a war.”

He went on to say that the costume will go through different stages as Steve Rogers transitions from regular Joe to Captain America:

“There’s a couple stages and initially in the script, Steve isn’t Captain America right away. He gets the injection and isn’t asked to go to war right off the bat. He’s used in different areas and different facets, so he has different stages of the suit. I don’t think he actually jumps into the final suit until the third act of the film.”

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Chris Evans mentioned that the movie would be set mostly during WWII during an interview with G4 (at Comic Con). Which honestly makes me even more excited to see it. It still seems weird that Kenneth Branagh is directing Thor, but I’ve only seen him in literary pieces. But he’s great, so I don’t doubt Thor will be good. The Spiderman pictures aren’t very impressive, but I don’t think they’d look impressive with anyone. There’s only one where he’s actually doing anything other than standing.

What do you think of the Spiderman casting change? What do you think of Captain America having more than one costume? Are you looking forward to The Avengers movie (and all of the tie-ins)?