Thor Movie Writer Knew Nothing About Marvel’s Norse Gods When Signing On
Zack Stentz, a writer on Thor, revealed that he did not know anything about the comic book character when he was hired to write the film.
Stentz responded to a Twitter game asking people to comment with a Marvel confession that would make fans furious. Stentz then said that he did not know anything about the Thor comic books when he was hired to write the first film, but adds that Miller was a huge expert on the character. He went on to explain that in order to prepare he did a crash course in the writings of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Walt Simonson, and J. Michael Straczynski, as well as auditing a college course in Norse mythology. Stentz original tweet can be seen below:
Despite Stentz not knowing much about Norse mythology and the Thor comics, the story ended up turning out pretty well. The first two films in the Thor franchise may not have gotten stellar reviews like other films in the franchise, but 2011’s Thor still helped launch the MCU and turn Thor into one of the most popular characters in the franchise. After all, he is the only character in the MCU to get four solo adventures, with Thor: Love and Thunder expected to hit theaters in 2022.
While this news may be surprising to Marvel fans, it proves that one does not need to be an expert on a subject to be able to write a compelling story. Sure, Stentz seemed to do extensive research to prepare for the film, but Marvel still could have gone with a writer more versed in Thor’s history. As mentioned above, Thor didn’t get glowing reviews, but the film no doubt benefited by Stentz and Miller serving as the writers. Thor: The Dark World is often considered one of the worst films in the MCU, so the sequel may have done better with fans and critics if Stentz and Miller had returned.