The nation took a trip to Asgard this weekend, propelling Thor: The Dark World to a big debut at number, continuing the Marvel Studios hot streak and ensuring continued adventures for the God of Thunder.
A sequel that improves upon the original is as rare as an alignment of the Nine Realms.
Thor: The Dark World, hitting theaters this Friday, is cosmic alignment of a movie: the Asgardian Avenger is only getting better as he goes along.
The latest installment in Phase Two of Marvel Studios' ongoing Cinematic Universe picks up where Thor and The Avengers left off.
When last we saw Thor, he was enjoying shawarma on Earth, but this entry returns him to his celestial home. After the destruction of the Bifrost in the first film, the titular hero finds himself leading the Realm Eternal in a series of skirmishes. When the Dark Elves, an ancient race older than the universe itself, reawaken with a plan to restore existence to darkness, Thor must ally himself with the human Jane Foster and the God of Mischief, Loki, in order to save the day.
The sequel to 2011's Thor sees Chris Hemsworth (Rush) once again hurling Thor's hammer, with Natalie Portman (Black Swan) as Jane and Tom Hiddleston (War Horse) as Loki. Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) returns as Jane's sidekick Darcy, with Christopher Eccleston (28 Days Later) joining the cast as Malekith the Accursed, leader of the Dark Elves.
At the London press conference promoting Thor: The Dark World, stars Hemsworth, Portman, Hiddleston, Dennings, and Eccleston were joined by director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) and producer/Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige. Each member of the assembled group shared their enthusiasm for the sequel, discussing the relationship between Thor and Loki, Jane's increased role, improvisation, the film's sense of humor, and making the unbelievable relatable.
Opening in theaters on November 8th is the highly anticipated sequel to Thor entitled Thor: The Dark World, which will mark the second film released in Marvel Studios' Phase Two. The new installment was directed by Alan Taylor (TV's Game of Thrones) and based on a screenplay by Captain America: The First Avenger scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and popular Marvel Comics writer Christopher Yost. The sequel features returning cast members Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Stellan Skarsgard (Dr. Erik Selvig), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), Tadanobu Asano (Hogun), Jaimie Alexander (Sif), Rene Russo (Frigga), and Anthony Hopkins (Odin), as well as new cast members Christopher Eccleston (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (The Thing), and Zachary Levi (Tangled).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of attending the red carpet premiere of Thor: The Dark World at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California. Philbrick had a chance to speak with many of the A-list attendees including Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World composer Brian Tyler, Thor: The Dark World actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Captain America: The First Avenger actor Neal McDonough, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Nerdist Podcast host Chris Hardwick, and Marvel comic book creator Stan "The Man" Lee.
Thanks to countless trailers, TV spots, and whatnot, the "Anyone else?" beat in Thor: The Dark World has no doubt been spoiled for you.
But a new clip for this weeks Marvel fantasy adventure provides some context and, in the process, reminds us why Chris Hemsworth is so damn great at the God of Thunder.
Thor: The Dark World is already playing in many an international market, and with just over a week until it thunders into Stateside theaters, we've got a minor haul of goodies relating to the latest Marvel sequel.
First up, there's another clip chock full of Asgardian action, as well as a TV spot that showcases a lot of the big visual effects audiences expect from Marvel's expertly executed blockbusters. And we also have news of how you can catch a five-minute look at Captain America: The Winter Soldier just by seeing Thor's next adventure in 3D.
If you're already hurling any shield-like object in anticipation of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, hold your horses, because the next Marvel movie has yet to actually bring the thunder.
Thor: The Dark World hits in many a foreign market this week and arrives in Stateside theaters on November 8th.
What better way get in the Asgardian spirit with a new featurette and TV spot for the Thor sequel?
Everybody – everybody! – loves Loki, but the latest clip from Thor: The Dark World reminds us all that the God of Mischief would actually be a really annoying little brother.
It's yet another Thor: The Dark World clip, one that leaves behind Asgardians, Dark Elves, and superheroics in favor of some funny stuff with Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, and Chris O'Dowd.
Thor: The Dark World is only a few weeks away, but a batch of stills from the sequel have provided our first look at Adewale Akinnuoye as Algrim, our best look at Zachary Levi as Fandral, and new looks at Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, and Anthony Hopkins.
Two new clips from next month's Thor: The Dark World remind us that the title character is a both a lover and a fighter.