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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

FIRST LOOK: Thor's New Battle, Loki's Angry Hair, And Jane's Return In THOR: THE DARK WORLD

THOR geeks, gird your loins! The hammered hero, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his pissed off brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), are back for more underworld action, but this time they've got even more to contend with than each other.

The first trailer for THOR: THE DARK WORLD, the second installment of the Marvel comic book franchise, reportedly picks up right where last year's The Avengers ended, which, you may remember, left things pretty wide open for Loki's return. But in this latest adventure, Thor's got a new problem--the ancient Dark Elves race that will stop at nothing to send the universe back into darkness. Needless to say, it is up to Thor to take on this daunting battle. More on the film after the jump (from Screerant):

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.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery” #83 in August, 1962.

“Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

This Malekith fella is played by Christopher Eccleston, who I vaguely remember from The Others and 28 Days Later...(it's clear he's got a penchant for the darker fare). It seems that all the actors from the previous movie have reprised their roles in the new film. Even Natalie Portman, who I wasn't much a fan of in the first movie, but that was also on account of the fact that her character as a whole was a bit silly to me (and needlessly meddling).

Speaking of the Oscar winner, in the trailer it looks like the villains are using her character, Jane (Thor's abandoned love interest from the first film), as bait for Thor. Which means he's gonna be that much more salty about the whole Dark Elves situation. With that in mind, we may see a softer side of Thor that we didn't see as much in the first film.

The clip shows the impending battle (which is gloriously shot, by the way), and also spotlights the ongoing rift between Thor and Loki (who's sporting extra angry hair these days). We also catch a glimpse of a few new characters in the franchise.

While I was looking forward to seeing what director Patty Jenkins (Monster) would do with the movie (she was previously signed on to helm the project), judging by the trailer it looks like Alan Taylor (who's had a pretty impressive TV career) really did his thing. Screenwriters Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, none of whom are unfamiliar to the world of animation and comics, penned the script.

Watch the trailer:

I know we should be rooting for Thor, but Loki is just so thrilling to watch.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD heads to theaters November 8th.


Daniel said...

Alan Taylor really looks like he transitioned over to film very easily, looking foward to this quite a bit!

Brittani Burnham said...

I'm really looking forward to this, and I never thought I'd say that after viewing Thor for the first time. I thought it was so boring, then The Avengers came out, and I went back and re-watched and felt more invested that time around. Mostly for Loki, I hate to say he's my favorite character in the Thor world.

Candice Frederick said...

Loki is the best!

Dan said...

I'm not the biggest comic book film fan but Thor was definitely one of the highlights. I'm looking forward to this.

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Wow! Great trailer! Now looking forward to this sequel!

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