Quote:Both have directed Game of Thrones, like Marvel Studio's first choice (Brian Kirk), so I suppose we know where they are going with the film.
I find it a bit surprising that the producers of what one would anticipate to be an action film heavy on special effects would converge upon guys who, particularly in the case of Minahan, have worked almost exclusively in straightforward TV. Not that there's anything wrong with that. With that strategic direction, however, (sorry about the pun) I doubt a mega-budget will be attached to the project. That in turn really raises the ante on the screenplay - the story will have to carry most, if not all, of the weight. Once again, not that there's anything wrong with that (see: Spider Man II). But when it comes to comic-book movies that are reliant upon story...well, it's fair to state that Marvel has a spotty record (see: Electra, the FF films, Iron Man II, Daredevil, etc.)
...So, I think they had minimal contribution in those films, other than consultants (maybe).
But I do agree with you. Why not get a director versed in action and CGI. A nice story is great, but the first Thor film was begging for more action-packed scenes. The ones we saw were kind of old-fashioned. Nothing wrong with that, but some "WOW" factors could have really elevated the first Thor movie. i hope they don't fancy Thor as a mere Game of Thrones (or LOTR for that matter) clone. Thor, although a fantasy flick, should also have the testosterone-filled superhero summer blockbuster feel to it. I know a lot of people praised the first Thor film, especially Branagh's influence...and "gravitas" has been used by a great number of reviewers...but some were likewise disappointed because it sorely lacked action (some even said that it's mediocre and followed a safe formula, without taking risks). Personally, i loved it, not for how it was but for what it is (finally, after two decades of being a Thor fan, I finally see a Thor live-action movie, something I didn't think possible)...but for "how" it was...well, it was great...the scenes in Asgard and Jotunheim were stand outs, but seriously, the earth scenes were kind of "meh". We need more action!
Sadly, Marvel is notorious for really stretching the budget, and they tend to cut corners whenever they can...like hiring relatively inexperienced, albeit talented, directors so they can get them cheap (relatively speaking, of course).