This autumn sees the release of the eighth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: The Dark World. The immense popularity of The Avengers and its related films mean there’s a safe audience for this newest films, which looks like it will turn the story of Thor and Loki on its head.
The Dark World will take place one year after the events of The Avengers film; Loki is in prison, Odin is back on the throne and Thor is missing his human love, Jane Foster. But when the Dark Elves, a race older than the nine realms themselves are awoken by their vengeful leader Malekith the Accursed, Thor must find a way to protect his universe, including Earth, where Jane Foster has become infected with a mysterious energy. The Dark World will see Jane taken out of her depth in Asgard, and desperation driving Thor to work with his incarcerated rival and adoptive brother Loki.
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The newest film will see a large amount of the cast returning from the first Thor film. Tom Hiddleton has talked about the complexity of reprising the role of Loki without repeating the character from the first two films; he’s talked about how Loki dances on the line between the dark side and redemption, that he’s a live wire who is neither good or bad really. We’ll also get to know Heimdall, played by Idris Elba a little better – including seeing him with his helmet off! The Warriors Three will return although the role of Fandral will now be played by Zachary Levi, and Sif will reprise an important role as a potential romantic rival to Jane Foster. Stellan Skarsgard will be back as Dr Erik Selvig, who is now suffering the psychological effects of having a god in his head.
Christopher Eccleston, popularly known as the ninth Doctor Who, will be taking on the role of Malekith the Accursed, a creature who has lost everything and seeks only revenge; he was in makeup for six hours and costume for an hour to create the look. The thespian Akkinuoye-Agbaje will play the dual role of Algrim the Strong, the most powerful of the Dark Elves, and the transformed monstrosity Kurse.
The popularity of the character Thor has lead to an increased budget for the sequel, a surprise visit from Tom Hiddleston dressed as Loki at this year’s San Diego Comic Convention, and even a variety of games such as those found at thunderstruck2.net. This movie seems to take a more in-depth look at all the characters who were introduced in the first film and explore the complexity of those characters; as well as seeing Jane slap Loki across the face, for New York. Luckily he kind of likes it. http://youtu.be/toPstPIcGnI (
Scenes from the trailers have shown the lush, Rivendell-looking Asgard, great battlefield scenes and Greenwich being destroyed by the Dark Elves’ ship; a technological monstrosity. Svartalfheim, the home of the Dark Elves, was shot on location in Iceland in the same location where director Alan Taylor filmed Beyond the Wall scenes in the popular Game of Thrones series. Filming took place in Surrey and London as well as Iceland.
Released October 30th in Europe and November 8th in the USA, Thor: The Dark World promises a deeper and darker approach to the fantasy world of Asgard from the well-respected director Alan Taylor and screenwriting duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Available to view in 2D and post-production 3D.