‘Thor: The Dark World’ Cast Talk New Story, Darker Villains, More Action & Better Humor

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Who didn’t love Thor smashing coffee cups or out-drinking Dr. Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) in the first film? But even with some great fish-out-of-water humor, Thor also had some eye-rolling pop-culture references (Facebook) and other gags that didn’t go over quite as well. Always looking to improve, Marvel Studios has injected a more measured and lighthearted undercurrent into their Dark World, which director Alan Taylor called ‘crucial’ to the balance of the film:

Alan Taylor: I think I went into it, and I thought my first task was to darken the world and deepen it and dirty it up a little bit. Um, I sort of felt like that was my mandate going in. And then as we started the process, I realized, “Oops. Um, if we’re gonna darken it, if we’re gonna deepen it…we’d better make darn sure that it’s balanced on the other side.” Because the, you know, the key to the Marvel universe and the Marvel language that I was being assaulted by while I was making this movie -‘cause “Avengers” came out while we were starting it, and “Iron Man 3” came out while we were finishing it – was you are screwed if you don’t also keep it funny and light on its feet at the same time. So it’s, it’s called “The Dark World,” and there’s certainly dark currents in it, um, but, yeah, the humor was critical.

A major lightning rod for criticisms of the first film was actress Kat Dennings’ character, Darcy, who was pretty much comic relief on two legs. We asked Dennings straight up whether the first or second movie had the better jokes:

I liked the jokes in the second film, but the first film will always have a place in my heart. It was a special experience. And it was great to see everybody again and get back into it. It was awesome…. I sort of assumed I wasn’t in it or I assumed I ‘popped up,’ but I was just amazed at the amount of Darcy in there, and it was cool to see them take her, like, flavor from the first ‘Thor’ and make into this whole great thing.

Not to be outdone, Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster also gets to crack wise this time around – some of the most outright comedy we’ve seen from Portman onscreen:

Natalie Portman: Thank you, well it’s really fun to get to do a movie like this that’s just pure entertainment. It’s so funny and has so much action and the humor is obviously [there] they wrote great material, there’s just a great rapport with all the actors. Especially [since] we all knew each other well already and so to have Kat [Dennings], Tom [Hiddleston], Chris [Hemsworth] and Stellan [Skarsgard] everyone is just naturally very funny.

But let’s be honest: fans aren’t signing up for another tour with Thor JUST for a laugh. They want to see the hammer-swinging God of Thunder wreck shop all over the nine realms. Well guess what? That’s the same thing that Chris Hemsworth wanted to see when making this sequel:

Chris Hemsworth: It was one of my first concerns at the beginning of the film. I said, ‘look I don’t want him to feel he’s just doing hand to hand combat he’s a God we should see him off the ground more and we should see the power of that weapon and his abilities.’ So that was something we really concentrated on upping the action and the stunts and his skillset, really showcasing what he’s capable of.

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To that end, one has to wonder if Hemsworth’s Thor is now more of a master Mjolnir wielder than he’s ever been:

Chris Hemsworth: (laughs) Yeah to some degree. I got a lot of help from the special effects department, making me look better. I had to hold that thing a lot so I became pretty apt with flinging it around and switching hands; [I became] ambidextrous with the hammer.


NEXT: Chris Hemsworth Talks Thor 3 Story Idea



Thor: The Dark World will be in (US) theaters on November 8, 2013.

Be sure to Check out more of our coverage (see below), which touches on everything from Thor 3 to Avengers 3.

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  1. In keeping with the current trend of under-utilizing villains, I think they nailed it.

    • What else did you want him to do?

    • Ill agree, another underutilized and poor villian. Marvel really needs to spend more time developing and appreciating the villians. Otherwise fun movie.

      • All characters don’t need development. It doesn’t hurt to have a character who is more complex, but I didn’t see Malekith as being weak at all. He served his purpose.

        • If your villian doesnt need development he needs to be written well and strike fear. Malekeith did none. Its not like ledgers joker which had no developmemt because tje character was ment to be mysterious and compelling. Malekeith eas a stock villian something marvel does far to often. We have seen the sestroy a world motive way to often, man of steels zod was also rather stock.

          • True.

            Even Kurse didn’t seem too threatening.

  2. Most of the humour in IM3 was out of place. The director failed to set the humour. Specially in scenes were you as the audience were supposed to feel the pain of Tony Stark.

    Best example when Pepper is presumed dead you see Tony looking at Killian and you do want to see stark kicking his ***. But then the director chose to have the IM armour arrive and fall apart. Everybody started to laugh. I wasn’t.

    Hope Thor’s humour is different and better used.

  3. I don’t want to post any spoilers but it’s my opinion he wasn’t as good as he could have been. In all honesty Its more to do with the majority of lackluster villains being portrayed and the ease in which they are dealt with. In addition to this these so called villains have great difficulty killing anyone of any importance? If they do succeed said character somehow makes it back to life? I’m sick of seeing Characters die and then survive, the studios need more balls. I have to go back to The Dark Knight when the Joker killed Rachel and even then he needed two shots at it.

    Thor 2 is a good film and I’m not saying otherwise but I just want more from the protagonists.

    • Yep.

      The Joker, Bane, they were examples of genuinely threatening villains that could scare you stupid just by their presence alone.

      Malekith and Kurse came across as stock villains, as did Whiplash, Justin Hammer, Red Skull, Laufey, General Zod and Scarecrow.

      Two-Face was too shouty to be taken seriously and Ra’s al Ghul wasn’t presented as much of a threat.

      The only villain across both Marvel Studios and Warner Bros (of the big movies, ie TDK trilogy, MOS, Avengers-verse) that has been played as the kind of charming, charismatic villain you expect of a typical psychopath is Loki but that’s only because the Shakespearean personality you expect of him was written beautifully and acted sublimely by a noted Shakespearean actor with years of theatre experience.

      That’s what I hope to see if Michael Fassbender is cast as The Riddler and what I hope from Spader as Ultron (which we’re gonna get because honestly, even if Whedon somehow screws the pooch with Ultron’s dialog, Spader’s charm can easily pull it off successfully).

      • Michael Fassbender as the Riddler would be awesome, I remember reading Nolan wanted to do a take on the character but ultimately felt if he was dark and maniacal it would be too close to the Joker.

        I think Spader will probably make Avengers 2 the best Marvel movie for me, as soon as I heard he was cast I could imagine his voice, just amazing casting.

      • Spader is masterful on The Blacklist, I have always liked James Spader but I think he does a great job on that show, I cant wait to see him as Ultron.

        BUT I must say I was looking forward to Del Toro as the collector as well and they most certainly (as Dazz might say) Screwed the Pooch on that one.
        I will see the movie on Thursday and make my final judgment then but Im not hoping for that to be very good anymore… :(

      • General Zod scared my little butt. Just because he was in Premium Rush(which sucked) he scares me. IMO Ultron I know will be top notch scary, if not they mind as well kiss Avengers 2 goo-bye. Loki was a great villian, who never stood out in the comics for me but man do I love him now. Bane i love in the comics but In the movie he just wasn’t there for me. I wish he was a well developed character with a better background story. The voice man,the voices in that trilogy…I say no more.

      • m glad dc is dc and dc is dc and and and i am and ia i am dc stop it dc bot will dc bot will destroy dc dc bot destroy

      • That gif was taken from an illegal video filmed in the cinema during the mid credits scene so yes, that’s what The Collector looks like.

        • OH NOOOOOO…

          del toro signed a multi-picture deal too right?
          because I really cannot see that cheesy looking, Mario bros. character colliding with the Avengers in any way! They could get that goofy agent from the shield TV show to beat this guy down! I just think he looks way too goofy to be in the same world as the characters we have right now. I just found another still from probably the same Vid. and YEP it still looks just as bad as this Gif.

          UGHH, I am completely defeated and disappointed at the look of the collector. Not what I was expecting AT ALL, Am I wrong? am I the only one that had a higher expectation of this movie? Is this J. Gunns goofy “Script” going to kill this movie for anyone that was expecting MORE than Slither in space? OOOOOOOOOOOOOOMG, well, Captain America just jumped over GOTG in terms of can’t wait to see movie of 2014.
          I can’t help but think Marvel wanted more than Goofy, B movie space flick for GOTG, but maybe I’m wrong and they wanted to see what they could make on the cheap! The Comic Con footage looked WAAAY better than this filmed with someones I-phone 20 rows back from the stage!!

          • wow. you really are doing some MAJOR projecting there. havent even seen the film and are already bashing it based on some silly gif. sad. i will wait until i see a film before i call time of death, as it were. good luck to you.

            • IN MY OPINION IT LOOKS LIKE SH*T and if the entire GOTG movie looks like that, it will be Marvels first BOMB. People do not want or expect B movie level anything, not when Marvel has all the tools it needs to make top notch movies with 150 to 200 million dollar budgets!
              and yes to me this GIF. (which was made by the same Director that made Guardians of the Galaxy) in my opinion it looks like some silly B movie, The background, and most importantly the character of The Collector, can you honestly tell me that he looks like he belongs in anything other than a direct to DVD Super Mario Bros. sequel or like someone else said a damn CATS live action movie.

              I certainly hope as much as anyone that GOTG is a super blockbuster, and I hope we get more than 1 GOTG movie, BUT if it looks like this, I GUARANTEE, even with a great story very many people and fans of Marvel will be overly and completely disappointed!
              I just can’t think of any reason that a Dir. would want the very first scene of their first big budget movie and have it look anything other than spectacular and mind blowing in every possible way!
              just the look of the Collector is completely wrong and 1 of the most NON-threatening character and he will give non-GOTG fans NO REASON to think “I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THAT MOVIE”.
              I would love to hear ANY explanation people may have as to why they think he should look that F-ing STUPID! He should look so damn sweet that people leave that theatre NOT talking about Thor 2 but talking about GOTG, That’s what I would have done if I were in that position.

              I will still give it a chance, but when trailers look this bad (and I pray they do not) you go ahead and blow your money directly out your poopshute, because at that time it will not be worth 2hrs of my time!

        • Thanks, Dazz

          • You’re welcome.

            I got a sense that he was a little goofy but maybe that hid a dark, devious personality that we’ll see more of in Guardians. Who knows.

            • I sure hope so, I hope it was meant to look kind of goofy.
              I have been looking forward to GOTG until I saw that Gif. Now im just hoping Marvel made the right choice in JG

              • Well, he made Super and on the surface, it looked and felt goofy but it was actually pretty dark.

                It’s a shame it got over-looked because Super is far superior to Kick-Ass in my opinion.

                • Alan Taylor said that the tone of mid credit scene is different to Thor 2 & Ive gotta agree.
                  Its feels darker so maybe he’s going to be more devious than goofy.

            • ******SPOILERS BELOW*******

              Dazz, I just saw Thor 2 tonight and the GOTG mid credit scene was much better than expected, the colors were no where near as bad as I thought, The Collector was not quite as goofy as he was in that Gif…. But he is still goofy! LOL

              It was just much better on the big screen than it is recorded on someones I-phone!
              The end credits scene was the one (to me ) that was a bit schwarma-esque and out of place…Not needed, but overall OK!

              Can anyone tell me what the hell happened to Odin? Did Loki Kill him? or did he just Die? or was he just in the pi$$er at the time? I was a bit confused at that scene! I liked it, I liked what they did with Loki’s character and he seemed like he really wanted to redeem himself I didn’t really get the feeling that he would kill Odin, but I could be wrong I guess!!

    • Yes, that is what he looks like: an extra on the set of CATS. I saw a screening last night.

    • *farts*

  4. Pumped.

  5. Well it’s definitely a bigger, better and ultimately superior sequel. More expansive and imaginative and of the first hour at least, it balanced the seriousness and humour quite nicely.

    I agree with the comments on the villain being underutilized. Also that The Dark Knight trilogy is a great example of creating a dominant nemesis who carries a real threat.

    Marvel do need to realise that 15 – 20 minutes longer running time, doesn’t have to make the film less jovial than what they like. It just would have made Dark World even better balanced and elevated it from very good to great.

    • I prefer the first thor because the cocky thor was more interesting than the mature one. I wnjoy both films but to me kenneth branagh added a level of huminazation and heart that thor 2 was lacking.

      • I dunno, I felt Thor had matured enough by the events of this movie to be just as interesting in this one as somebody who knows his place is on the throne but who refuses to take it because he doesn’t feel worthy of it just yet.

        He’s more humble and brave rather than arrogant and foolhardy.

      • He’s still cocky in battle.

        • That’s Thor’s thing, he gets cocky in battle, then doesn’t realize it. It’s the draw back of having mjolnir. He won’t even realize if he attacks friend or foe when in the state of superiority.

        • Yeah, but I just think that is because he is Thor! I would be pretty cocky myself if I was Thor. :o)

  6. Every Marvel movie does not have to be a slapstick comedy. Iron Man 1 had a good mix of action and humor. I dont get why Loki is so compelling. I dont find him threatening at all. Wish they would make him more dark and have him actually use his magic to do some damage.