Those behind the filming of Thor: The Dark World are certainly no strangers to stuntmen spilling the beans. It was stunt performer James Grogan who first revealed that the Dark Elves would be the villains battling Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in his next adventure, and the race has since been confirmed to appear, possibly among many others.
Lawden provided some context for the location shooting of large battle scenes in Iceland, confirming them to take place on Asgard. The official plot synopsis for Thor: The Dark World promises a more personal, painful journey for the hammer-toting-hero, and an enemy that even Odin and Asgard can’t withstand. Lawden explains why:
“Thor becomes reunited with Jane who becomes possessed by a Dark Spirit, which is connected with the Dark Elves; a race the Asgardians have fallen out with many years beforehand […] The Dark Elves attack Asgard, and they take a huge hit. So Thor has to rebuild Asgard by putting together an army to go and take the battle to the Dark Elves and defeat them. But the only way he can do this is – he needs to cross over to the Dark World, and the only person who has access to the dark side of Asgard is his old brother Loki, who at the beginning of the film is locked up in prison.
“So what happens is Thor basically has to negotiate this truce with Loki, and he goes on this great trek with Jane, all three of them. They go to this far side of Asgard, which is being shot in Iceland, where they train and assemble an army to go and attack the Dark Elves’ world.”
It’s possible that the previous casting calls pointing to the mythological Einherjar (fallen warriors residing in Valhalla) could make an appearance alongside Thor as well. The fallen heroes are actually dead, according to mythology, but Hemsworth has complimented new director Alan Taylor on his ability to make even fantasty elements seem grounded in realism. How Captain America could cameo in this story isn’t clear, and fails to mention any of the other Nine Worlds.
If all this Norse mythology seems a bit daunting, Lawden went on to explain how Thor’s grudge against the Dark Elves will get personal:
“But the exclusive twist…is that one of the things that happens during the Asgardian attack is that Thor’s mother gets killed. So it becomes like a vengeance thing. And they were keeping very tight-lipped about what actually happens with Loki, you don’t know whether he redeems himself or he’s still the bad egg.”
Rene Russo has recently explained that her role in the original Thor was intended to be much larger, and why the relationships between Frigga, Thor and Loki might all be explored in the sequel. More back story and development will certainly be needed to make the death of her character have impact. Even if this claim is unconfirmed, having Frigga die at the hands of the Dark Elves would go a long way in uniting Loki and Thor once again.
Lawden went on to explain that Marvel seems to be somewhat surprised with just how well the risks they took with ‘Phase One’ have paid off, given the runaway success of The Avengers. Aside from the established sequels and upcoming projects, there is also talk of “a Nicky Fury film,” and “something to do with Black Widow and Hawkeye,” but those are merely being thrown around at this point.
We’d recommend waiting for official confirmation before getting your hopes up, but what do you think of the plot twists themselves? Is that the kind of action and character drama that will build off the current momentum, or had you hoped to see different stories told? Sound off in the comments.
Read the official Thor 2 synopsis.
Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2013, while Thor: The Dark World arrives on November 8th, 2013.
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Source: Bombad Radio