Guillermo Del Toro Explains How Close He Came To Directing ‘Thor’

When “Hellboy” and “The Hobbit” director Guillermo Del Toro dropped by Splash Page HQ recently to talk about his new novel, “The Strain,” we also managed to pick his brain about a few other topics near and dear to our comics-lovin’ hearts.

Earlier this week, we gave you what he had to say about the future of the “Hellboy” film franchise (and whether that universe will eventually merge with the Hellboy’s comics continuity), but one thing that definitely surprised us during the conversation was Del Toro’s confession that at one point, he came very close to bringing Marvel’s Thunder God, Thor, to the screen.

They approached me for ’Thor,'” Del Toro told MTV News when asked whether Marvel had tried to tag him for any of their upcoming movies. “And for a long time we talked about that, because the mythology and the images were very attractive to me.”

“This was before ’Hellboy II,'” he said.

While director Kenneth Branagh eventually landed behind the camera for “Thor,” Del Toro had quite a bit to say about why he was so attracted to the character.

“I’m a fan of [Jack] Kirby and the power he has, and I’m a fan of the original mythology,” explained Del Toro. “So I thought we could go back to the original mythology a lot. I love Loki, I think he’s a great figure.”

Would Guillermo Del Toro have made a good director for “Thor”? what do you think about that “What If?” scenario?