Thor: The Dark World: Images from the Trailer and What We Know About the Film

By April 24, 2013
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While Iron Man 3 officially kicks off Marvel’s Phase Two of adventures within their Cinematic Universe on May 3rd, we’ll also be getting another superhero-themed sequel hitting theaters this year. Thor: The Dark World reunites the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) with his love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and his bad guy brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), while presenting new challenges for our hero along the way. We took a bunch of screenshots from the trailer released yesterday (watch it in full below), so check those out and read on for our quick rundown of what we know about this movie so far.

It’s clear that the head honchos at Marvel are big fans of “Game of Thrones,” because GoT director Brian Kirk was being considered for this film’s director’s chair (along with Patty Jenkins, briefly) before they ultimately chose another GoT director, Alan Taylor, to helm the project. Don Payne, who contributed to the screenplay of the first Thor film, tackled the script with Captain America writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

Here’s the official synopsis of the movie from Marvel:

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.  Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

We know this movie takes place one year after the events of The Avengers, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke to USA Today recently and explained a bit more about what we can expect from Natalie Portman’s character, who was absent from that superhero team-up film:

“So while Thor was a fish out of water on Earth in the first two films (Thor and The Avengers), this time Jane is very much a fish out of water in Asgard…It’s superhero action, but it’s the familiar territory of a love triangle where the parents think your girlfriend is wrong for you. That’s how the best of these movies work.”

The bad guy this time is Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston), the leader of the Dark Elves imbued with powers of superhuman intellect, strength, speed, and the ability to shapeshift and cast magical spells. Sounds like our buddy Thor is going to have his hands full with this guy. There are some more spoiler-ish elements floating around online, but I don’t want to ruin the movie for you guys (I hate spoilers, myself), so I’ll leave it to you to hunt down those little kernels of information if you’re rabidly searching for more info on this movie before it comes out. Otherwise, just kick back and watch the trailer again because this movie looks like it’s definitely raising the bar across the board from the first film.

Thor: The Dark World crashes into theaters on November 8th, 2013.

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