‘Thor 2′ May Showcase All Nine Worlds From Norse Mythology

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 2nd, 2013 at 10:23 am,

Thor The Dark World Story Thor 2 May Showcase All Nine Worlds From Norse Mythology

After a pair of Earth-based Iron Man films and The Incredible Hulk, Marvel Studios boldly went where no other Marvel feature film had gone before: to other realms. Before flashing back to World War II with Captain America: The First Avenger in the summer of 2011, fans were taken on an otherworldly journey, one that involved multiple worlds from the cosmic side of the Marvel Comics universe.

Earth (or Midgard as it’s known as in Norse mythology) was the setting for only part of Thor, with much time (albeit not enough) spent introducing Asgard and Jotunheim (home of the Frost Giants). By casting reports and set photos, we’ve pieced together at least two other realms that may be introduced in the followup, Thor: The Dark World, but there may be even more worlds that director Alan Taylor will introduce.

From Cinema Expo 2012 in Russia, Kinopoisk reports that along with Frankenweenie, Oz: The Great and Powerful and Iron Man 3, Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios presented concept art for Thor 2 which depicted some of the other realms from the Thor universe.

“At the presentation, we were presented concept art from which it was possible to understand the scenery of the film will fill the space. The film promises to cover not only the Earth and Asgard, but also all the nine worlds. The studio hopes that the director Alan Taylor, who has experience creating fantasy series, perfectly cope with the task of building the mythical world in the new movie about the god with the hammer.”

By other realms, we are specifically referring to the nine worlds that form the tree Yggdrasil, as drawn by Thor himself in a scene with Jane Foster as he maps out where he is from in relation to Earth/Midgard.

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Casting calls for extras match descriptions of characters we’d expect to see in scenes taking place on Svartalfheim (home of the Dark Elves) and Muspelheim (home of the fire giants). Set photos from the beginning of principal photography in the UK confirm that Svartalfheim is indeed a setting of at least one major battle Thor partakes in. And with Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) playing Malekith the Accursed (leader of the Dark Elves) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje playing Algrim the Strong (another Dark Elf warrior), there’s reason to believe the story will also include the character of Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim.

In the books, there’s a very specific story arc (Thor #344-350 which includes the The Casket of Ancient Winters saga) involving these characters and the more we hear from the movie, the more it matches our Thor: The Dark World theories. The latest casting additions of two more Asgardian characters – including Thor’s brother Tyr – also play into a story that could serve as something much larger in setting up Thor: The Dark World and even The Avengers 2.

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What does this all mean? From the sounds of it, a substantial portion of Thor 2 will take place not on Earth and that’s a good thing. Asgard was shown as a shiny, empty CGI shell, without much detail the first time around, and the more we learn about the actual culture and life in these other realms, the better. If art was shown at this event of all of the nine worlds it could simply mean that in The Dark World, we’re likely going to see how all the nine worlds fit together, serving only as exposition for viewers. We’re not going to see Thor visiting all of these other realms and meeting their inhabitants. Not yet, anyway.

There are going to be a longship load of characters, settings and plot threads in the Thor sequel and while we understand how complex its story may be and how it may be burdened in setting up The Avengers 2 and/or Guardians of the Galaxy the following year, director Alan Taylor has successfully handled similar situations with Game of Thrones.

Fun fact:

  • In Marvel Comics, Odin has a mystical viking longship called Skipbladnir that he uses to travel through space. It can change size and fit in your pocket!

The Thor sequel is being directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Christopher Eccleston.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014 and The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015.


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Source: Kinopoisk (via CBM)

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  1. And here I thought IM3 was going to have too much stuff going on at once.

    Hopefully both movies can make all these locations, story threads and characters work and feel fluid in 2hrs…

    (Nice to see another fun fact – fun facts are awesome :D)

    • I think all scheduled sequels are trying to pack a lot into their films.

    • It Will be interesting to see which movie executes the best.

    • Hopefully both movies are over two hours. Nothing wrong with more story! :)

      • Agreed

      • I would be willing to sit through 4+ hrs of movie (granted it was good AND we got an intermission! :) )

        • Obviously no mainstream release would be 4 hours, but it would be great if there was enough cut stuff for an extended edition.

  2. Man this movie better be at LEAST 2 hours long to get everything fleshed out right. the first one was really good, but the second and third acts felt a little rushed, an extra 15 minutes couldve helped fix that. and yeah hopefully we wont see all nine relms in this one. hopefully they save a couple for the third. and they dont have to spend as much time on the frost giant world since we already visited that in the first.

  3. I would rather have them expand to the different pantheons (bring in Herc and Ares), maybe they will do that in Thor 3! :-)

    • I agree with introducing,Hercules and the Olyimpian mythology,into Asgard. Would be epic,to see Thor,competition with Hercules,to see who better @ fighting etc. And Betta Ray Bill,would be awesome to add as well fighting besides,Hercules and Thor movie would be Boss!!!!!!!

      • I’m all for Beta Ray Bill and/or Herc in a Thor sequel.

  4. I think fans have a right to say “Hey how the hell are you going to fit that all in & make it have a great story” I think running time should be the least of anyones worries although this movie should be at the very least 135 minutes long, the story is the only thing that could suffer(besides trying to jam so much in) you have the Odin-Loki-Thor dynamic, the Thor-Jane Foster relationship, consequences of the events of Avengers(what Loki’s done), more screen time for Warriors Three & Lady Sif(which I would hope she’d have a bigger role/relationship with Thor), Algrim the Strong who becomes Kurse and his over the top villain Boss Malekith(presumably with Loki lurking in the background), and now maybe Surtur and we’ll get to see the rest of the 9 realms, sounds like they are pulling out all the stop for this one…

    That all sounds awesome to me I want it to work & I hope it works but putting into 1 movie sounds like it might be real tough and I hope it works out because I’m a fan of all of that but the story has got to be great to make it work and maybe they will really give this a Lord of the Rings type epic length/feel that it should get, so I’m holding out that this all works

  5. This all seems to be setting up an ongoing Thor movie series.

  6. “Oz the Great and Terrible”

    Wait what? Isn’t it “Great and Powerful”? Or is there another one coming out?

    • lol yes, that was an error from translation from the original Russian site. Official film name is “Oz: The Great and Powerful”

  7. If Thor: The Dark World runs for 3 hours, I’m ok with that.

    I’ll just smuggle in a piss bottle.

    • As a theatre employee I wonder how I’d react to someone who says no this isn’t an outside drink its a piss bottle lol

      • HA!

        Maybe I’ll just wear dark pants instead.

        • I LOVE THAT COMMENT!!!! LMFAO!!!

          • Or they could sell cathater’s and little plastic bags in the foyer!


            • LOL!!!!!!!

  8. Im just happy you guys managed to post something that didn’t have the words Phase 2, written in it.

    • Awww! You ruined it, you went and said Phase 2!


  9. I think that thor:the dark world will be 2 hours just like the avenger,thor,captain americe:tthe first avengers and all 9 world and many monster from norse mythology and odin ship skipbladnir and many other norse mythology god and main vilain malekith,surtur many other as well and thor/jane relationship will be much great in thor:the dark world, and jane foster ,darcy lewis,erik selving will be to other reml.

  10. The way I see it, all these worlds being presented within 2hrs isn’t hard to pull off. Each Star Wars movie presented a bunch of worlds in one movie, especially episode III.

  11. This is going to be awesome. The Avengers got me pumped to see more of Thor and I’m ready for some Dark Elves and Sutur! Maybe a Thanos cameo.

  12. Nice. Im hopeing to see Ulik the Troll and The Enchantress most of all, and maybe even Fing Fang Foom.

  13. tho2 better be over 2h

  14. Man I hope they can pull it off. Sounds dangerously ambitious but that’s why we like Marvel! (and are getting bored with the Superman and Batman-verses)

    More fun facts……

    Odin wields the Spear Gungnir, rides his trusty steed Sleipner (and 8 legged horse), has a pair of ravens; Hugin and Munin (Thought & Memory) and wolves; Freke and Gere who often act as Odin’s spys.

    I so love to see all his pets in the next movie.

    • Did you see hugin and munin in the Avengers. They were there right after Thor grabbed Loki off of the Quinjet.

      • o.O hummm, don’t force me to go rent it again just to see if you are right!

        • Check it. After Thor grabs Loki and they land on the rocks two ravens fly by.

          • You are EVIL! Well I have to wait for it to show up at Redbox but I will be watching it again.

            Excellent Easter egg catch though. Only someone who really knew about Odin and Norse myth (AND was paying attention which I obviously wasn’t :P ) would have caught that.

            • Thank you. I have a book on Norse mythology :)

            • It’s on Netflix.

  15. I think they are gonna have a big problem from Thanos and with the aid of Doc Strange various Asgardians are going to the various worlds. Such as the Warriors three go to one world perhaps Balder and Odin go to aother. But I think Sif stays with Thor because she does love him and Jane Foster is in the way.