Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger (Chris Hemsworth) 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 (Christopher Eccleston) 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 (Natalie Portman) and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. (source: screenrant.com)
After saving Earth, Jane Foster and doing magnificent business at the box office in his first self-titles movie in 2011, Thor is back to do battle with a great evil one that may even be beyond the power of the son of Asgard himself to repel.
Surely that cannot be!
Somehow I suspect he will still come out on top, but getting to that expected victory looks like it will take quite a toll on the now seasoned Viking warrior, and everyone close to him, if the first trailer is any guide.
Our beloved blue planet will suffer again too, attacked in the sort of concerted and ferocious manner which seems to be happening quite a lot lately to the planet that appears to be the universe’s preferred choice for invading/possessing/laying waste to/etc.
How did we get so lucky?
Earth already sustained quite a lot of damage during The Avengers when Thor joined with a number of Marvel’s other superheroes including Iron Man (currently appearing in the third instalment of the uber-successful franchise) and The Hulk, to repel an attack by his half-brother Loki and his army of Chintauri warriors.
But we’re in for more and it looks Thor, outgunned though he initially appears to be, is the only one who can save us from being wiped off the galactic map.
The trailer, which really functions as more of a collection of snapshots of what’s to come in the movie releasing later this year, touches on the ferocity of this battle but also the lengths Thor must go to to convince Jane Foster, the scientist he befriended and fell in love with in the first movie, of his commitment to her.
Perhaps saving her from Malekith, who appears to have her suspended in some sort of weird vortex in the trailer, will do the trick? You would want to hope so.
We also get to see more of Thor’s rarefied home of Asgard and perhaps glimpses of the Nine Realms which make up the kingdom over which Odin, Thor’s father, reigns.
Screenrant.com had this to say about what can be inferred about the movie from the jumble of images and scenes:
“Even from the disjointed teaser which serves more as a brief sizzle reel, the overhaul of tone and style is evident. Director Alan Taylor’s influence is not only fitting, but welcome, and a touch of Rome and Game of Thrones is exactly what Marvel Studios needed to deliver the next chapter in the space viking superhero story. It’s more polished, more detailed and more fleshed out – and that’s key since Asgard (and the other realms) have an expanded role in the sequel.”
It looks like Thor: Dark World has captured the mythic larger-than-life vibe of the first movie and paired it with some impressive almost-gothic action sequences, promising a movie that will dazzle as much for its non-stop battles as it it will for its character exposition.
You may now thump Thor’s Hammer in excitement! (Just make sure no one is too close to you.)
Thor: The Dark World opens 30 October in UK, France and The Netherlands, 31 October 2013 in Australia and New Zealand, and 8 November in USA, Spain and Norway.