What did we learn from the Thor: The Dark World trailer?
As the latest full trailer for Marvel's Thor: The Dark World comes down from on high, James puts on his magical hat of analysis...
The near-unprecedented global box office of Iron Man 3 shows that there's enormous appetite for Marvel's Phase 2 movies, and with an Avengers sequel still some years away, we'll have to take what we can get: namely, the release of Thor 2, aka Thor: The Dark World. Now that the full trailer has dropped as part of YouTube's Geek Week, there are a few more things we can speculate about regarding the film's approach. No spoilers, obviously, as this is all conjecture, but if you're worried about knowing too much you should probably stop reading now!
Just as Iron Man 3 acknowledged the events of Avengers, this trailer gives us a clear indication that Thor 2 won't just be sweeping things under the rug. As well as Loki's imprisonment being a direct response to his capture in Avengers, Foster makes it very clear what she thinks of Thor's half-brother and his visit to Earth. Of course, the more interesting question is what Foster thinks of Thor visiting the planet but not dropping in to say hi. It's safe to say they patch things up, but that's certainly going to be an, er, interesting conversation for Thor.
After running away with the first Thor movie, threatening to wrest Avengers from Robert Downey Jr's grip, and then putting in a instantly-classic appearance at SDCC, if there's one thing Tom Hiddleston is good at, it's stealing the show. It's no surprise, then that Thor: The Dark World is bringing Loki back for more.
The implication from this trailer is that Thor needs Loki because he's got experience dealing with Malekith. But what is the nature of that experience? Was Loki on Malekith's side, or did he once trick him? We still don't know what Malekith wants or why he thinks now is the right time to get it, but it's a safe bet that Loki's going to be involved somehow.
Still, it's nice to see the Odinsons back together on a reasonably friendly basis. Well, two of them at least - still no sign of Vidar, Tyr, Hermod or Balder. Maybe they're being saved for the next sequel.
Watch your back!
What's a sentry to do when his rainbow bridge has been shattered? Looks like we'll get an answer for this question in the sequel, at least, as Idris Elba returns as Heimdall. Looking rather more casual than in the first film, although that's probably just a side-effect of unemployment.
We'd be surprised if other Asgardians are as quick to give Loki another chance as Thor is. Heimdall didn't like Loki even before his massive betrayals were brought to light, and later in the trailer there's a moment where Sif and Volstagg threaten Loki, warning him against further betrayals. Although let's face it, Loki can't help but deceive.
We got a glimpse at Christopher Ecclestone's Malekith in the teaser trailer released a few months ago, but this one gives us a good look at the minions he appears to command: the so-called Dark Elves. They're certainly pretty creepy-looking. Whether those are their actual faces or some kind of futuristic uniform remains to be seen, but at least we know that Doctor Who won't have the monopoly on scaring kids this year!
As for what Malekith and his minions are doing, that isn't clear – but we know it involves attacks on both Earth and Asgard, and could lead to the fabric of reality unravelling completely. That probably explains the floating trucks from the teaser trailer, then…
There's a definite sense from the trailer that Thor: The Dark World will be as much the Shakespearian-inspired family drama as its antecedent. If you need any proof, just look at this: Rene Russo, as Thor's Mother Frigg, wielding a sword (and later fighting off one of the Dark Elves with it). It definitely seems as though Thor: The Dark World will be spending a lot more time on Asgard than the first film did, and that means more time with the Asgardian relatives. Jane Foster had better hope she makes a good impression!
Vying to be the most relevant superhero film yet, Thor: The Dark World features Thor fighting trolls. And not just (or indeed, at all) on Twitter. Fans of Marvel trivia might actually recognise this foe as a Kronan warrior, an alien race of stone giants who were first introduced in Journey Into Mystery #83 – the first ever appearance of Marvel's Thor.
Not a huge part of the film, but a fun nod to the character's history nonetheless.
Thor: The Dark World is due for release on the 30th October in the UK.
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