Not in the sense that you’d want to see a generic “dark” take on Thor, but in the sense that you want to feel Thor’s rage when he rages. You want to see him fight like hell, and take as much he dishes out — maybe more. You want to have a visceral reaction to the guy, and what happens to him. You don’t want his adventures to be clean and antiseptic. You want to see the dirt, and grime and blood. You want to feel every bone crunching moment of every fight. And when he unleashes the storm, you want to feel like you’re seeing the power of a GOD at work.
‘Loki’s like a comic book version of Edmund in King Lear, but nastier,’ Tom observed.
How much nastier? ‘Well, Loki’s skilled in black magic and scorcery. He’s a shape-shifter and has all sorts of super powers from the dark arts. He can turn clouds into dragons, things like that.’
Between now and January, when Thor begins shooting, Tom has to keep himself fit and healthy.
‘Ken wants Loki to have a lean and hungry look, like Cassius in Julius Caesar. Physically, he can’t be posing as Thor.’
Thor is scheduled for a May 20, 2011 release.