Tom Hiddleston, the actor who plays the villain Loki in “Thor” and “The Avengers,” spoke recently about the upcoming 2013 Marvel release, “Thor: The Dark World.” Hiddleston said the movie was turning into something amazing, and something never seen before. The major change in the movie comes with a new director taking over the reins, as Alan Taylor takes over the directing duties from the departing Kenneth Branagh. Taylor made his name recently directing “Game of Thrones,” which puts him in the same playground, style-wise, as Branagh was.
Here is what we know so far about “Thor: The Dark World.”
The change in directors shouldn’t hurt this franchise at all. Branagh is a classically trained Shakespearian director and actor and brought that sensibility to the first “Thor” movie. That worked perfectly for the film, as the scenes on Asgard, the ones involving the Shakespearian plot lines, were easily the best part of the movie. Alan Taylor replaces him, after working on the Shakespearian fantasy television show “Game of Thrones.” If anything, Taylor might be a better fit for the material, which promises to mostly take place off of earth.
One thing that always hampers first movies in franchises is the fact they require an origin story. Marvel has mostly avoided that, with the first “Iron Man” movie being far superior to the second, and the best part being the origin story. “Thor” didn’t really have a story of the God’s origin, but it was still an origin story of how he became a hero instead of the spoiled son of a king. With that set in place, the movie can now send him on adventures, and that is what this one plans to do.
The Bad Guys
The bad guys here are the Dark Elves. For those unaware, the Dark Elves come from the basic Norse mythology, which Thor and his people are based in. These elves are ruled by Malekith and are extremely powerful. In the comics, they wanted to kill Thor and release a curse that would send the world into blackness.
The Tie In
With all the evil taking place on the Nine Realms, and around the world of Asgard, most of the movie will take place off earth, which should work well for Taylor’s Shakespeare background, keeping this grounded in the world of the gods. However, there is also a chance that this is the movie that will tie in with the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” film. As the least known property on Marvel’s upcoming schedule, and little chance for any of the Avengers to show up in Asgard, expect at least a cameo by members of the Guardians as they attempt to help Thor defeat the elves and save the galaxy.
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