More Details on What to Expect from Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World'
As the buzz from The Avengers finally dies down, comic book movie fans are looking ahead to Marvel's Phase Two. We'll see Iron Man 3 this summer, but Thor: The Dark World is right on its heels, and that project is a lot more mysterious right now. We know that Dark Elves are involved with Christopher Eccleston leading the charge as Malekith, a second villain named Algrim the Strong plays a major part, and Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine (via Yahoo!), Marvel Studios executive producer Craig Kyle revealed more details about what's coming in the comic sequel. Read on!
"Game of Thrones" director Alan Taylor is at the helm of this sequel, and Kyle talked about Taylor's approach to the material and what strengths he has in terms of storytelling:
"By bringing director Alan Taylor into the mix, with his expertise on 'The Sopranos,' 'Mad Men' and 'Game of Thrones,' we came up with a take that allows us to get more into the nooks and crannies of Asgard and its people. We spend more time on the ground with the commoners, as opposed to in the palace."
Sounds like this movie will be a little dirtier than Kenneth Branagh's take, which almost exclusively dealt with royal proceedings when it was in the Asgard setting. But here's where things get really interesting: Kyle also mentioned that The Dark World opens with Asgard at war with "rag-tag invaders known as The Marauders," and with a weakened and distracted Asgard open to attack, it's easy for Malekith the Accursed and his band of Dark Elves to swoop in.
In the comics, The Marauders are a band of mutants who assassinate other mutants, and they mostly pop up in X-Men related stories. According to Wikipedia, though, there was an instance in which the Marauders were human terrorists who served the villain Apocalypse, and after an incident involving Black Panther, Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) teamed with Gwen Stacy to take them out. If things play out like they do in the comics, this sounds like a rights nightmare between 20th Century Fox, Sony, and Disney/Marvel, so expect some tweaking to take place for the filmmakers to be able to fit a retooled version of the Marauders into the Disney-centric Marvel Universe.
Speaking of which, Kyle also spoke about Thor's unique story, calling that franchise "by far our most wild, fringe Marvel piece" until Guardians of the Galaxy hits. He finishes by saying, "But that's why it's the Marvel Universe and not Marvel Earth!" and he has a point there. I'm excited to see what Alan Taylor, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and the rest of the team can come up with to keep the Thor character interesting as we power through Phase Two on the way to a reunion with Joss Whedon for The Avengers 2 in 2015. Thor: The Dark World takes us back to Asgard on November 8th, 2013.
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
I know Christopher Eccleston will be great in this role. Excellent actor.
Sally Ann Price on Jan 29, 2013
All throughout the comics and cartoons, you see Thor doing business while wearing his helmet. As great as the two movies he's been in have gone with is long, blonde, god-like hair....I would really like to see him stick to wearing his helmet more often.
JBrotsis on Jan 29, 2013
Fidel Reyes on Jan 29, 2013
please no...that helmet looks ridiculous.......
Jericho on Jan 29, 2013
Man I am really looking forward to this, it's gonna be awesome!
Fidel Reyes on Jan 29, 2013
I don't think the "Marauders" here are supposed to be a reference to anything in the comics. Marauders is just a legitimate word and they're probably using it generically.
DRM on Jan 29, 2013
I have to admit...I'm most looking forward to seeing Loki 🙂
Shall_be_lifted_Nevermore on Jan 29, 2013
Ugh. Just thinking about all the various marvel plot threads hurts my head. I'm expecting marvel movies to be more Iron Man 2 than Iron Man from here on and try to tell two plots: the plot of Movie X and the build up for Avengers 2.
福 赐 天上 on Jan 29, 2013
Still gonna go see it.
福 赐 天上 on Jan 29, 2013
The concept of seeing Thor fighting in a more fantasy setting against Dark Elves, trolls, and invading super-humans has got me ready to put down my cash and my butt in a seat.
Thexn on Jan 29, 2013
Thor was a little on the bland side. The whole movie all I could think was "if there was ever a film that could benefit from Zack Snyder's touch, this would be it", and I'm not even a huge fan of Snyder, I just thought Thor could've used some of that grim grit and gusto. So naturally the news that Alan Taylor is hitching onto this (especially given his background with Game of Thrones) is fantastic news. I'm genuinely excited to hear more about this, which is more than I would've said a week ago.
quazimoto on Jan 30, 2013
firstshowing.. i read about a rumor saying dr strange was making an appearance...? Please tell me if this is true. :O that wud be awesome.
crimson_comedian on Feb 18, 2013
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