Following last week’s release of the first poster for Thor: The Dark World, Marvel Studios has released additional information concerning the plot of the film, as well as two new official photographs, via USA Today.
In the sequel, Thor makes his return to Earth for the third time, where he encounters Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) again. Despite their professed affections for each other at the end of the last Thor film, Foster is none to pleased with the God of Thunder for not stopping by for a visit while he was on Earth in Marvel’s The Avengers.
“Thor still has lot of explaining to do, and a lot of making up,” says star Chris Hemsworth. “Even demigods end up in the doghouse, mate. So none of us is safe.”
To make matters worse, Foster’s life is in danger and Thor must bring her back with him to Asgard.
“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,” says Marvel producer Kevin Feige.
Not only will Thor have to deal with the traditional adversities, such as the Dark Elf Malekith played by Christopher Eccleston, this time he’ll find himself in a love triangle with himself, Jane, and the warrior Sif (Jaimie Alexander) with his disapproving parents (Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins) watching.
“It’s superhero action, but it’s the familiar territory of a love triangle where the parents think your girlfriend is wrong for you,” says Feige. “That’s how the best of these movies work.”
But Thor’s love life must take a back seat to the more pressing problem. Malekith threatens both Earth and Asgard. To thwart him, Thor shows off an elevated fighting style in the new conflict sequences.
“I really wanted to ramp up his skill set in battle,” says Hemsworth. “He’s not just this Viking throwing the hammer. Here he’s more demigod with dynamic moves we haven’t seen before.”
To further complicate things, Thor must seek the help of his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who is still serving time in an Asgard prison.
“Needing Loki’s help turns everything on its head,” says Hemsworth. “And it allows us to explore the underlying complexities of their relationship. It really ends up being a kind of chess match.”
The film is directed by Alan Taylor and stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins. Thor: The Dark World is set for release on November 8, 2013.
The sequel takes place in the aftermath of Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, following Thor as he fights to restore order across the cosmos when 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.
The first trailer for the film is scheduled to premiere on April 23rd.
Here is are the photos from Thor: The Dark World.
Source: USA Today