Release Date: November 8
Director: Alan Taylor
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Thor returns to battle a powerful enemy who has emerged from a dark realm with a plot to plunge the nine realms, including Earth into a shadowy oblivion.
What We Know:
It appears that after the ordeal on Earth in The Avengers, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is still unable to rest on his laurels. Having escaped (again) from the custody of Asgard, the mischievous machinations of his half-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) have reached a stunning new level of inconsiderateness, stirring the malevolent intentions of a race of dark elves in the realm of Svartalfheim, lead by its cruel, megalomaniacal master, Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).
A conniving collaboration between Loki and Malekith is in the works designed to help Malekith gain a powerful relic kept in Asgard which the domineering dark elf will use to thrust all nine realms into a darkness more suitable to his aesthetically-unpleasing empire. The cruel conspiracy escalates to a scale too large for even King Odin of Asgard (Anthony Hopkins) to handle. However, the plot also seems to involve a more personally-vengeful aspect designed to destroy Odin's son, Thor. That feat will be accomplished by exploiting the one thing he loves the most: Earth woman, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), luring him into a battle with a brutal, powerful dark elf warrior named Kurse (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) whose mission from Malekith involves bad, bad things for the Asgardian prince.
The fate of the universe hangs in the balance and Thor's reunion with Jane will have to put love-struck sentiment on the back-burner as a grand battle is at hand between the armies of Asgard and the dark elves of Svartalfheim that threatens to shatter their respective mystical lands forever. For our hammer-hurling hero, mitigating this madness could ultimately require that he make what is being officially described as a sacrifice of "everything."
Filling the cast, are returnees, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Stellan Skarsgård, Renee Russo, and Tadanobu Asano. Additionally, Zachary Levi joins the cast, replacing Josh Dallas as "Fandral."
(Set photo of Christopher Eccleston as "Malekith the Accursed" standing in front of his dark elf warriors.)
What We Expect:
Marvel Studios continues to dig deeper into its movieverse with this Norse mythology-inspired tale of the nine realms. Yet, despite the broad scope of the film and the grandiose scale of what hangs in the balance for the universe, this film will apparently manage to give us a more layered look at the personal relationships between Thor and his companions, continuing to explore the maturity of the character.
Reuniting with Natalie Portman's Jane Foster may yield other effects, specifically when it comes to Jaimie Alexander's Sif, whose role is reportedly expanded. We may see unrequited feelings of love for her childhood friend, Thor finally surface, putting him in an envious (or untenable) position of having to choose between the Earth woman scientist and the Asgardian warrior goddess. However, the subject of Jane has yielded much speculation, specifically when it comes to alleged behind-the-scenes drama involving Natalie Portman and her dissatisfaction with the dismissal of her friend, previously-named director, Patty Jenkins. With the actress reportedly unhappy and returning only in obligation to her contract, things are not looking good for Jane in this film. (And Sif's prospects of breaking free from the dreaded "friend zone" could get better.)
Another narrative making the rounds is the apparent involvement of a powerful third party in the grand conspiracy amongst villains, specifically, the giant fire demon "Surtur," ruler of the fire realm of Muspelheim. While no confirmed news of the character's involvement has surfaced, he would likely be animated, making his inclusion a lot easier to save for a surprise. With Surtur in the mix, rumors point to a surreal type of redemption for the playfully-pernicious Loki when the ultimate result of this gruesome group project exceeds even his tolerance for evil. While nothing more than a rumor at this point, it would be a fascinating turn for the character arc of Tom Hiddleston's fan-fave of a villain.
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