Next to “Iron Man,” “Thor” is a personal favorite as far as solo Marvel superhero films go. Then “The Avengers” became the third highest grossing film of all time and now everyone is in love with these characters. While “Iron Man 3” will be the first Marvel film to hit theaters after “The Avengers,” the “Thor” sequel titled “Thor: The Dark World” will be the first film to embrace what transpired during “The Avengers.” “Thor: The Dark World” has already begun filming, but won’t be released until November 8, 2013. In the meantime, we’ve already gotten quite a bit of information regarding what to expect from the sequel.
- President of Production for Marvel Kevin Feige stated this a few months back:
“We’re going to see the other side of Asgard. It’s not all polished and golden in this film. And the events of ‘Avengers’ will have affected Thor for sure. His relationship with Loki will continue to evolve, and the biggest part is Natalie, and Thor returning with Jane Foster.”
- Mads Mikkelsen (“Casino Royale,” “Clash of the Titans”) was originally hired to play the villain, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Mikkelsen will be playing Hannibal Lecter in the new “Hannibal” TV series.
- Zachary Levy has replaced Josh Dallas as Fandral. Levy was originally supposed to get the role in the first film, but his obligations to “Chuck” forced him to turn it down. Anthony Hopkins also confirmed that Odin will have some scenes with Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, which leads many to believe that she’ll end up in Asgard at some point.
- Stuntman James Grogan accidentally revealed that the Dark Elves lead by Malekith the Accursed will be the villains of “Thor: The Dark World.” It was then announced that Christopher Eccleston (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “28 Days Later”) will be playing Malekith.
- Kat Dennings will be returning as Darcy Lewis, but the Darcy character will be expanded and be more than just comic relief.
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “The Mummy Returns”) will be playing another villain; the dual roles of Algrim the Strong and Kurse.
- There’s also some speculation that Doctor Strange may be introduced in the “Thor” sequel, which may lead to a solo movie. The rumor claims that Joel Edgerton and Viggo Mortensen are up for the role.
Returning cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano, and Rene Russo. Copied from WorstPreviews.com:
“In Thor comic book #344, Loki forms an alliance with Malekith in order to secure the Casket of Ancient Winters, which is an artifact from the realm of the Frost Giants and a powerful and deadly weapon. When opened, it releases powerful arctic weather that is capable of freezing anything in its path; killing humans and immobilizing Asgardians.”
This gives us an idea of what Loki will be up to this time around.
The switch of directors is a bit unsettling, especially since Kenneth Branagh did such a great job with the first film. However, it’s not like “Game of Thrones” hasn’t gotten over really well. So it’ll be interesting to see how Alan Taylor approaches the likes of Asgard. “Thor: The Dark World” has a ton of potential, especially with not only how much these characters have grown on-screen but also in the public eye. The Loki fanbase in general has jumped to unprecedented heights. Personally looking forward to see if it can at least be as great as the first film.
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