|Thor: The Dark World concept art by Jon McCoy|
The big difference between the look of Asgard in the first Thor and the second was that the director Alan Taylor wanted a grittier look to the world. "The main difference I have [from Branagh's approach] is really to do with look and tone." Taylor told Total Film magazine, "Things look really dirty. The first Thor was quite shiny and it was a very conscious, smart choice. When I came in, I wanted to get more of a sense of the Norse mythology: the Viking quality, the texture and weight of the history." Director of photography Kramer Morgenthau also told HD VideoPro, "We wanted a grittier, boots-on-the-ground feeling, inspired by what Alan and I had done on Game of Thrones. We wanted the realms to feel grounded, like a real place, while at the same time respecting the magical 'planet of the Gods' feeling and theme." That said, the world of Asgard is still very shiny and the designs show that. One of the artists that helped build that more "grounded" world of Asgard was Jon McCoy.
McCoy is a professional concept artist who's worked on Hollywood movies like X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Wrath of the Titans (2012) and World War Z (2013).
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What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Thor: The Dark World what do you think of the "grittier" world of Asgard?
Official Thor: The Dark World Summary
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor: The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book Journey into Mystery“ #83 in August, 1962.
Thor: The Dark World is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Directed by Alan Taylor
Cinematopgraphy by Kramer Morgenthau
Production design by Charles Wood
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins
Release date: November 8, 2013 (USA)
Official Site: http://marvel.com/thor
© Copyright 2013 Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. All rights reserved
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