Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor has recently talked to IGN, in which he drew several comparisons between the Marvel movie and his work on the HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones. He claims that it’s more than just the setting (both are set in old-world fantasy lands), and going so far as to compare the relationship of Cersei and Tyrion Lannister to Loki and Thor’s.
“In both cases, it’s using the conceit of a fantastical, alien world to make fresh what is really a domestic drama,” says Taylor. “In Game Of Thrones, seeing Tyrion battle with his sister Cersei, seeing the relationship between children and their fathers, it’s all stuff that we can relate to.”
“You know, the oldest stories we tell, it’s all about that stuff. It’s all the stuff we’re interested in at a psychological level because we’re living it all the time. But it takes place in this otherwise fantastical, foreign realm.”
“I think the same thing is true in Thor,” continues the director. “The brilliant thing that Ken Branagh did in launching it was to make it very much a story about two brothers.”
“it’s a story about brothers competing for the love of their father. So it’s small, and confined, and human, at the same time as it’s this blown-out, intergalactic world.”