Thor: The Dark World has unleashed its debut trailer and it packs a thunderous impact of gravity-defying, world-splitting, explosive excellence.
An ancient, ominous force of darkness looms over the universe threatening to destroy not only the always-embattled Earth, but even the mystical realm of Asgard where Chris Hemsworth's Thor calls home. Besides taking a few moments to hammer some heads and groundquake the hell out of some hapless hostiles, Thor's first priority is to give his 'ole gal pal, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) an inter-realm ring, setting up an awkward reunion/sort-of-kidnapping as he whisks her to his home of Asgard. -- Much the chagrin of a visibly upset Sif (Jaimie Alexander) who is slowly beginning to realize that her amorous ambitions for Thor could not be secured even with "the other woman" located in another dimension.
Of course, there are other issues besides Sif's reluctant relocation to "the friend zone," especially when it comes to that aforementioned ominous force of darkness. It seems that the return of this ancient enemy (possibly the fire demon, Surtur,) who had been imprisoned and dormant since the beginnings of the universe is the handiwork of an evil dark elf ruler of the realm of Svartalfheim named Malekith (Christopher Eccleston). It looks like this d**k of a dark elf quickly catches on to the fact that Thor's love for Jane Foster can be exploited and we see the Norse God of Thunder brought to his knees as Malekith holds her life in the balance. It seems that he's in such a desperate state over Jane's safety that he's turned to the help of his former worse enemy, fresh from wreaking havoc on Earth in New York and getting his ass handed to him by "a Hulk." While Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is found locked in the proverbial "Hannibal Lecter room" (which I guess Anthony Hopkins' Odin had installed out of self-reverence), it appears that an unlikely alliance has been struck between these half-brothers who hate each other to stop this new threat that could potentially rip apart the frazzled fabric of the very universe itself. -- Oh, and also rescue Thor's bun. Priorities, right?
Thor: The Dark World gets its hero thrown off his game by Natalie Portman worse than Anakin Skywalker when it hits theaters on November 8.