Thor, the man with the literal hammer (as opposed to the metaphorical, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog variety), is back, and this time he’s bypassed the Shakespearean father-brother drama of his first film for potential girlfriend issues. All of that and more in the first trailer for Thor: The Dark World:
So, now we know what happens in this movie: an imprisoned Loki at least temporarily joins the side of good because his frenemy Thor desperately needs his help. Granted, that only occupies the last 10+ seconds of a 1 minute, 45 second trailer, but it’s clearly the most important part, right? I say this after a trailer which implies the death of a major character, thus is my love for the character of Loki. Although can we take a moment to ask what the hell is up with his hair?
With principal photography having just wrapped in December of last year for a down-the-road November 2013 release, Thor: The Dark World is far from being a finished product at this point. Plus, although the trailer presents us with a linear narrative it’s entirely possible that not everything happens in the film the same order in which it is depicted in the trailer. Caution is always advised when it comes to film trailers, although especially so with such an early trailer as this one. That being said, here are a couple of things to note:
Kat Dennings? Barely In This Trailer
The 2 Broke Girls star was a definite scene-stealer in the first Thor, an effort which has reportedly been rewarded with an expanded role in the sequel. However, we barely see her in the trailer. The news of Dennings’ role being expanded was peculiar considering the assumption that the new film will take place in other realms beyond Earth. From the trailer, Dennings does not appear to be joining Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster in Asgard, at least not at first. It is possible the film will periodically cut back to Earth as Jane’s friends are desperately attempting to bring her back or join her.
Jane Foster May Actually Have Some Competition for Thor’s Affection This Time Around
Full disclosure: I was a Marvel comics neophyte when I first saw Thor, and thought Sif (Jaime Alexander) was Thor’s literal sister because at one point early on he responds to her by saying, “True, but I supported you, Sif.” I thought he said “sis” as in short for “sister.” Of course, this is entirely wrong. Thor and Sif are NOT related. If they were, the bone zone they’ve been going to together in the comics for quite some time now would be crazily incestuous. Thor does not seem to have a plethora of long-lasting love interests, but the chief two among them are Jane Foster and Sif.
Based upon the trailer, Thor: The Dark World might be running with the traditional post meet-cute storyline for Thor and Jane where after their adventures on Earth he transports her to Asgard where Odin exposes her to a series of trials so that she might earn immortality. In the comics, this storyline was the direct precursor to the romantic pairing of Thor and Sif. So, that quick icy stare we see Sif throw Jane’s way in the trailer? D-R-A-M-A, drama! In January of this year, Alexander confirmed her role in the sequel would be more extensive than in the original, and they would “explore the Sif-Thor relationship a little bit.”
New Director. Does It Show?
Original Thor director Kenneth Brannagh? He’s out, off somewhere doing Shakespeare no doubt. Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor is in, directing just his fourth but unquestionably biggest feature film to date. The sequel is said to possibly involve all nine realms of the cosmos (remember the fireside chat from Thor where Jane hard rapes Thor with her eyes? well, during that scene he is explaining the nine realms to her), a departure from the first film’s more Earth-bound story. As such, worries that the sequel would look entirely like the CGI-heavy book-ending Asgard sequences from Thor might have been waylaid by the presence of battles on Doctor Who-like planets in the trailer, i.e., locations meant to be from a fantasy/alien world but are clearly filmed in and around the UK (and, in this case, Iceland). Yay for location shoots! Speaking of Doctor Who…
Our First Real Look at Prior Doctor Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed
His voice is featured in the trailer, and we also get a look at him in a battle which apparently threatens the life of Jane Foster. Are we happy to see Eccleston in such a prominent role in a huge film? Or are we kind of sad that he’s playing a character hidden beneath make-up and CGI? I’m going to call it a win.
Thor: The Dark World is due to be released in the US on November 8, 2013.
Here’s the synopsis for Thor: The Dark World:
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.