Chris Hemsworth: ‘Thor 2′ Has ‘Viking Element’; Reflects on ‘Avengers’ & ‘Snow White’

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We may not be getting a “serious” Iron Man 3, but you can rest assured: Thor: The Dark World will be a darker and more aggressive Marvel sequel. That can in part be attributed to director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones), who is indeed taking the same tangible approach to fantasy world construction with the Nine Realms of Norse mythology as he did with Westeros and Essos.

The God of Thunder himself (a.k.a. Chris Hemsworth) has voiced his support for Taylor’s method of making mythical worlds feel organic in the past. He continued to do so in a recent interview, where he reflected on his success over the past year – which includes two new blockbusters under his belt, in The Avengers and Snow White and the Huntsman.

Director Kenneth Branagh successfully elevated the relationship between Thor, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Odin (Anthony Hopkins) into Shakespearean tragedy in the first film, which accounts for why a number of people (this writer among them) are quite fond of what is (arguably) one of the weaker Marvel Cinematic Universe installments overall. However, that movie’s versions of Asgard and Jotunheim (the Frost Giant world) amount to impressive CGI backdrops that feel hollow and removed from the characters (like theater, more than cinema).

That should not hold true for The Dark World, as evidenced by amateur set photos from the tactile shooting locations; not to mention, the observably beaten and dull armor worn by Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston) and the Dark Elves also reflect that same grounded aesthetic.

The raw Malekith costume in ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Hemsworth discussed that issue recently with Empire Magazine (via CBM):

“We’ve known since Thor 1 that we were gonna do a Thor 2, so we’ve been talking about possibilities, and then once The Avengers worked, there were things where we’d go, “Cool, we can continue this and this is where we go from them with the story.” It’s been a long time. But you always need this period, the rehearsal prep, and we’ve got some good stuff down. I just saw some of the sets in the last few days and it looks incredible. There’s a lot more of an organic kind of feel to Asgard now. And that Viking element of the Asgardian people, of Thor’s history, is much more present.”

That “Viking element” is something that Hemworth started hyping before filming on The Dark World began, and he’s been keen to emphasize the importance of that visceral quality in most interviews since then:

“It’s less science fiction. I mean, if you look at Game Of Thrones, what I love about it is that it has that mythical element but you’re always grounded in such an organic world. I think that’s the goal scored second time round.”

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Chris Hemsworth as Thor in ‘The Avengers’

 Here is the official synopsis for Thor: The Dark World:

In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.  Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Admittedly, Thor does not have much of an arc in The Avengers, so having The Dark World pick up in the aftermath of that film doesn’t mean as much purely from a character perspective. By comparison, his fellow Avengers Tony Stark and Steve Rogers’ personal journeys have been partially mapped out for them, even before the events of their respective new solo adventures (Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier).

Hemsworth addressed that issue during his Empire talk:

“In a way, it becomes more difficult at this point. Thor 1 was the origin story and he starts off as a brash child and ends as the hero; the danger then is, where does he go from here? If he doesn’t change, he’s gonna become boring. How do you break him down again to rebuild him and have some sort of arc, some sort of journey? Avengers was different, it was the arc of the team. So now, on [Thor 2], we’ve been really throwing around, “Okay, so what’s Thor’s big conflict here?” Because it can’t just be that bad tempter again, or that he’s too cocky. We’ve done that. And now, where does the humour lie? Because it can’t be the fish-out-of-water, Crocodile Dundee kind of thing that we had in the first one. He’s been to Earth now. There may be elements of that…”

On a more business-related note, the actor was also candid about how the $1.5 billion success of The Avengers has (permanently?) affected his perception of what constitutes a “hit” for him now:

“You almost forget that this just doesn’t happen that often. I was talking to Matt Damon and he goes to me, “So ['Snow White and the Huntsman'] did pretty good?” and I said, “Yeah, I think it’ll probably hit $400 million, but it’s not Avengers numbers.” And he goes, “Man!” and he shook his head. “You’re [frick]ing ruined – 400′s huge!” It’s like my brain thinks, “That’s the norm now, that’s the benchmark.” Which, Jesus, I don’t think anything will ever come close…Probably Avengers 2. But it will be pretty hard to hit that again. It’s almost as if I’ve been ruined for the rest of my career regarding box office expectations.”

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Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth as ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

Lastly, Hemsworth addressed the current state of the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel/spinoff, which Kristen Stewart is reported to be returning for after all (assuming it does indeed come together):

“No one had heard anything official. I haven’t actually spoken to anyone from Universal about it. I guess it all depends on whether people want to see another one! I love the character. It changed a lot, and there were a lot of things we lost in the final cut. There was a bit more backstory that didn’t fit in and a bit more of a relationship between them. There was just more to the character I wish we’d hung on to.”

Give Hemsworth credit: he did a good job of voicing his honest feelings about the final cut of Snow White and the Huntsman without inadvertently denouncing the film in the process (something that happened when Hugo Weaving spoke about Transformers last month, causing a bit of a stir).

The consensus on a Snow White sequel is mixed, all the more so because many people felt that Rupert Sander’s direction was the best thing that visually-stunning fairy tale re-imagining had going for it (read our review, for more on that) - and since he will not be coming back for the followup, anticipation is somewhat muted (for the time being).


Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2013. It will be followed by Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015.

Source: Empire [via CBM]

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  1. Wait… this will be more like game of thrones? Queue the incest and random boobs.

    • They weren’t THAT random. There were boobs every place they appeared in the book.

      • Thor 2 will actually have likable characters, though, unlike GoT.

    • At least the boobs were on the women, which is exactly where I’d expect and want to find them. So maybe not random, but liberally dispersed.

    • So thor has to f*** he’s way to victory?

  2. lol I haven’t seen Snow White but I thought that pic was from Thor 2. More “organic”…

  3. Am I the only one that is bugging about how Melkith’s dark half of his face is on the wrong side?

    • Why does that matter?

    • You probably are the only one bugging, and also it takes .01 seconds to flip footage left-right in editing.

  4. Chris Hemsworth is an excellent actor, and perfect as Thor.

  5. Not quite sure what SR is talking about: Asgard looked GREAT, and hearing that it will be more “realistic” this time actually has me a bit concerned. Asgard’s not supposed to look like our world. It’s supposed to feel like another realm.

    • The Kirby-esque scifi/fantasy thing worked in books but casual moviegoers will probably be more comfortable with the Vikinglook that was popularized with JMS/Copiel’s run in the books from a few years ago. It just requires less suspension of disbelief in terms of the audience since many are already prejudiced about Norse mythology and expect things to look more like LOTR. Which is bad and good since it means less originality in the setting but also less people whining about “why is everything so futuristic”

      • I don’t think they should change the way it looks cause then it doesn’t fit with Thor 1

        • exactly, they were trying to hit a more “cosmic” route with Thor 1, Thor 2 should say their… and we have IM3 and CA:TWS to keep Marvel movies “grounded”. idk…

          • People who show up to a superhero movie set in space want dirt and straw!

        • They’re changing how it’s shot. So instead of shiny gold back drops, they’ll be people, life, culture something REAL.

      • Kirby’s ideas seemed out there to comics readers when they first appeared.

    • I believe what the article was referring to was the fact that Asgard did indeed look very good, but just a little lifeless ie. you never see citizens walking around doing normal day to day things. It seems empty almost, and I think this is what the article means by insinuating the first was unrealistic.

      The line about Branagh’s Asgard looking more like a theatre prop than an organic city banged the nail on the head for me, and it makes sense when you look at his background.

      Also I believe this criticism has been brought up in the past on this website which may explain the semi-incomplete meaning of the point.

  6. Hemsworth is awesome as Thor and a really cool action hero looking forward to Thor the dark world

  7. Please don’t make a snow white and the huntsman 2 spare us all the misery, but the first was a good comedy in how bad it was. I disturbed people around me laughing at how bad Charlize Theron’s acting was & other nonsense. I won’t even comment on Kristen Stewart who was in the movie, as for acting she was there and thats about it.

  8. I have to disagree with the writer. Thor was one of Marvel’s stronger movies. Perhaps a bit too much time spent on Midgard, too much Darcy and Jane, too short of a fight against the Destroyer, but overall a very good movie.

    I have high expectations for Thor 2.

    • yeah i agree with you there on all points

  9. to be honest SnowWhite and the Huntsman wasnt that great of a movie i my honest opinion. everyone told me it was an amazing movie and that it was better than Mirror Mirror. that was a joke. I preferred Mirror Mirror. it was the same people that told me tha Act of Valor was an amazing movie, to me that was a ripoff and a total waste of money. trust me some movies these days are not all that great anymore

    • YOU DID NOT LIKE ACT OF VALOR??????? wtf you must be one of them ppl that hates the military!! that was a very good movie and it shows how bad a$$ our navy seals are to ppl that dont already know

      • Actually as a matter of fact I do not hate the military. I actually tried to enlist recently and was turned down due to some personal issues and I will support the military no matter what, thank you very much. the problem I had with the movie was the storyline, it was slow and not a very good setup yes the action scenes were great to see, it was the rest of the story that slowed it down and made it boring in my honest opinion.

  10. I liked Snow White, I’d be up for a sequel :)

  11. Did you guys ever think that the movie might not be taking place in Asgard but primarily where this “Dark World” may be? Think outside the box just a little bit here.

  12. I think the main palace in Asgard, the centre of all and the bridge will all be the same. Only we’re going to venture into the outer regions of Asgard, which is less golden, since not everyone lives in a palace, not even in the Realm Eternal.

    Plus, we will be visiting more worlds. Jotunheim was also good as something so detached. It’s a frozen world that is silenced and fell dark after the Casket was taken. It was good that it looked so distant and unreal.

    So I have high hopes that it will fit the first movie well.

    Thor is my favourite from Phase 1 next to Iron Man, I’m just sad that such important scenes like Thor and Loki before the coronation and Frigga putting Loki on the throne were cut. They gave a lot more insight into Thor’s and Loki’s relationship, about Frigga and her relationship to her sons and also a more clear story for Loki.

    I am very excited for Thor: TDW :D

  13. Um, this article is a little…off? Firstly it wasn’t just some interview — Hemsworth won Empire’s Man of the Year. Secondly, Thor is the next highest grossing solo MCU film after Iron Man and won plenty of critical acclaim, so I’m not sure what the point was in calling it one of the weaker instalments. Thirdly, Rupert Sander’s directing and the bad script are what most people seem to think let SWATH down, so I’m not sure where you got the idea that Sanders will be missed.

    Oh my god, I sound like one of those whiny internet people. But this article was pretty substandard for a website I usually enjoy reading.

  14. Is there any news on whether the Enchantress is in The Dark World?

    Hemsworth is on the record as saying he would like Theron for the part. It would be big news if this was the case, but I haven’t heard any more about it.

    • omg, that would be awesome & perfect!!! she would fit the title role :)