Chris Hemsworth will reprise as Thor and reteam with his fellow Marvel Studios superheroes to save the world in Avengers: Age of Ultron next year. First, however, the actor will protect the world – playing a convicted hacker who (after striking a deal with the government) battles a global cyber crime network – in the upcoming Blackhat, from Oscar-nominated writer/director Michael Mann (Heat, Public Enemies).

Universal/Legendary premiered a teaser for Mann’s latest action/thriller at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, but a full-length – and far more interesting – theatrical preview is now online. The fresh Blackhat footage boasts the technical qualities (handheld digital cinematography) and thematic elements (intelligent crime genre tropes, underlying social commentary) that have come to be strongly associated with Mann, as a storyteller, over the course of his distinguished career.

Where might Blackhat fall, in the greater scheme of Mann’s filmography? The man boasts more than his fair share of rich cinematic works to his name (The Insider, Collateral, etc.), but he’s also made a handful of movies that were, at their best, rather unmemorable (Miami Vice, for example). Blackhat comes off looking like a fairly engaging cat and mouse chase in the trailer, but it also seems to be a film that could ultimately prove to be more preposterous than smart and slick in execution. Indeed, seeing as Mann co-wrote the script with first-timer Morgan Davis Foehl, the story is a wild card here.

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Blackhat has been set for a January launch next year, which isn’t the most encouraging of signs; though, it could follow in the footsteps of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (which released back in January this year) and prove to be a competent, if unremarkable, globe-trotting thrill ride.

Hemsworth, for his part, will be fine no matter how Blackhat goes over; besides having a role in the Avengers sequel, he will appear in Ron Howard’s survival drama Heart of the Sea this upcoming March, and will begin filming The Huntsman under Frank Darabont’s direction before 2015 is done. Not to mention, he shall be popping up in the next Vacation franchise installment (which may hit theaters in 2015), and is still going to have Thor 3 waiting for him, after all that’s done.

Blackhat opens in U.S. theaters on January 16th, 2015.

Source: Universal Pictures