Matthew Vaughn in Talks to Direct Thor Movie

Last year Marvel head Avi Arad announced that a Thor movie was in the works.

“We’re in the scripting stage right now,” Arad said.

An article in the LA Times claims that Layer Cake director Matthew Vaughn is in negotiations to direct the film based on a Mark Protosevich screenplay. If this is true, than the project if further along than everyone expected. Vaughn was originally set to direct X-Men 3 but left the project a couple months before production was to begin citing personal reasons. Many people believe he caved to the pressures of directing a huge superhero film. So if Vaughn does sign on, will he be able to handle Thor?

The Mighty Thor is a Marvel Comics superhero based on the thunder god of Norse mythology. The character was created by comic book legends Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Larry Lieber.

In the comic book series, Thor is on a mission from his father Odin to be a superhero on Earth while hiding under the secret identity of Dr. Donald Blake. Thor would transform by tapping his walking stick on the ground.

While it made for good comics in the 70’s and 80’s, I think Thor is just one of those comic book characters that won’t translate well in a live action movie. It seems to me that most of the good superhero characters have already been tapped, and now they’re digging into the middle of the bucket. And the middle of the bucket isn’t good film material.

Thor made his first appearance in August of 1962 in the comic book Journey into Mystery #83.

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