After the success of the first Thor film, plus the overall achievement of Marvel’s Phase One project, fans simply cannot wait for the next installment of Norse goddery. The sequel, titled Thor: The Dark World, is currently filming in London ahead of its proposed release date on November 8th 2013. And, the most recent photos from the set reveal that Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, may have his hands full this time around. Let’s face it, sequels are meant to get easier.
While the first film helped introduce Thor’s brother Loki to Phase One, the new film sees the Norce god squaring off against the evil Malekith the Accursed, who just so happens to be the ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. Check out this photo, courtesy of MTV (more below):
Playing Malekith is British actor Christopher Eccleston. While US film fans may not be that familiar with him, I can assure you that he is an actor of the highest quality.
Pictured on location with Eccleston, who is almost unrecognisable in full make-up, are the army of Elves who almost look like Orcs with armour.
We can also see star Hemsworth in full battle mode, falling around and generally looking like he’s getting his ass handed to him by the gang of sinister antagonists.
The photos come directly from the good folks at Comic Book Movie and have certainly filled that Viking shaped void in all our lives.
While the first film was expertly shot by Kenneth Branagh, the sequel is being helmed by Alan Taylor whose excellent work on HBO’s The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones means this chance at the big time is more than deserved. Of course, Marvel will be hoping that some of his Thrones ‘swords and sex’ magic can rub off on the Thor franchise- just minus the casual nudity, violence and swearing.
With the success of The Avengers, the whole of Hollywood was hit with the realisation that they were witnessing the most ingenious tactical strike on the box office in living memory. Marvel don’t simply have one giant franchise on their hands, but multiple giant franchises, that are all linked and feed off each other.
But, while The Avengers and Iron Man are very much established now, there is still a chance of at least one franchise casualty. Let’s hope Thor: The Dark World is not the first to disappoint. (Editor’s note: I don’t think it will, as the first Thor did very respectable with critics, audiences and box office.)