‘Thor 2′: Kat Dennings Returning for ‘Extended Role’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2012 at 6:33 am,

Kat Dennings Returns for Thor 2 Thor 2: Kat Dennings Returning for Extended Role

At Comic-Con 2012, Marvel President Kevin Feige unveiled the next phase of Marvel movies – which begins next summer with Iron Man 3, and continues in November with Thor: The Dark World. While Iron Man 3 is already in the midst of production with Shane Black at the helm, Thor is still trying to get all of its proverbial ducks in a row.

We’ve already learned that – in addition to stars Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman – Idris Elba, Rene Russo, and Jaimie Alexander have signed on for the sequel, and now we have word of another returning cast member: Kat Dennings. Dennings will be reprising her role as Darcy, close friend to Natalie Portman’s character Jane Foster, in what is said to be a “more extended role.”

Dennings’ star has been consistently on the rise since her lead role in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and has reached a substantial peak due to the success of CBS’ sitcom, 2 Broke Girls. So it makes sense that Marvel has brought Dennings back on for Thor: The Dark World and even given her a larger role to play.

For some, however, it will be with gritted teeth that they welcome back Dennings, who provided much of the first film’s “comic relief.” Her relative aloofness and penchant for commenting on Chris Hemsworth/Thor’s body – while occasionally entertaining – wasn’t necessarily what comic book fans were looking for.

Still, there’s no denying the actress has a fan base now, and will help bring a different crowd to the theater. Of the Marvel movies released, Thor had one of the stronger debuts – but after the tremendous success of The Avengers, Marvel clearly wants to generate an even higher tier of box office returns.

Kat Dennings and Natalie Portman in Thor Thor 2: Kat Dennings Returning for Extended Role

Dennings’ casting isn’t all that bad for fans of Thor, though, since it gives us a better clue as to the type of story the sequel might tell. With the film being subtitled The Dark World, and given the nature of Asgard’s relationship with Earth after the events of Thor, some were expecting a film set completely in the fantastical realm created by Kenneth Branagh – or maybe even several different cosmic realms. There were even some questions – after Patty Jenkins lost the directorial job – whether Natalie Portman’s character would return, but now it’s almost a given.

There’s definitely some loyalty being shown by Marvel – yes, the same studio that pulled a bait-and-switch with Terrence Howard and Don Cheadle – and fans should admire them for that, at least. Hopefully the production paid attention to fan comments in regards to Thor, and will incorporate them in an effort to make a better sequel.

How do you feel about the return of Kat Dennings for Thor: The Dark World? Did her character bother you all that much?

Thor: The Dark World releases November 8, 2013.

Source: Deadline

TAGS: Thor, Thor 2
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  1. Great money makers and face. I am in if she’s in.

  2. I’ve seen her as something “normal” in Thor. I mean while Jane was all scientific interest and gazing at Thor with big sparkling eyes Darcy tazed the weird aggressive big guy. It was a normal reaction I think, just like commenting on Thor’s looks etc.

    I think she’s a suitable addition, since if every single character is either god/alien/superhuman and/or a genius heroic mortal, it’s nice to have some completely normal people adding some completely normal input.
    IMHO if every single character is a super special world-shatteringly important someone, it gets a bit overwhelming, and I like to see normal people in the supporting cast, not just in the screaming/running crowd or as the occasional waitress.

    Plus yeah, if she’s popular, Marvel would be stupid not to use that. She didn’t bother me, I’m absolutely fine with her returning.

    • you nailed it right there!

    • I agree w/ Scyllaya, Darcy was the “normal” one. Glad to see her character back: maybe even some action scenes? She could so be a sleeper hero of sorts. well, we will just have to wait and see…

  3. Dennings was the perfect bridge for the casual movie fan into the super hero cosmic world of Thor. When something happened in the movie that might be starting to get to the point that casual movie fans might check out, her comedic comments and sly asides would bring the fans back into the film.

    Darcy was the voice of the female fans allowing them to feel like they were being represented onscreen when Darcy commented on Hemsworth’s body or how strange events were. She sounded like my daughter complaining about losing her iPod.


  4. Now I am officially furious.

    The only cringe inducing scenes in the first film. This SUCKS.


  5. i am a comic book fan, however, i didn’t/don’t read every title out there, and i never read Thor. i was skeptical about Thor even working as a film, but i think marvel got it mostly right. Starks snarky “Shakespeare in the park” line in The Avengers pinpoints what was wrong with Thor, imo. Kenneth Branagh is a Shakespearean actor/director, and i think some of that long winded-ness is what made Thor drag in some spots. i thought Dennings had some good lines, and hopefully will flesh out her character more in T:DW. I think with the Game of Thrones guy directing (I have never seen that show btw. Is it worth watching? I think it’s on netflix.) we should get more epic action and hopefully less soliloquies.

    • Game of Thrones is BRILLIANT.


  6. She was the worst part of Thor.

  7. Mmm Kat Denings…I have an ‘extended role’ for her alright. Yeah baby.

  8. Mmm Kat Dennings…I have an ‘extended role’ for her alright. Yeah baby.

  9. Her character was one of the worst thing in the first movie.It was annoying,although I love the actress.I hope it’s totally rescripted.

  10. my favourite part of the film! she is sooo awesome!