‘Thor 2′ Set Photos & Video Reveal Dark Elves & Lady Sif’s Return [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:25 pm,

 Thor 2 Set Photos & Video Reveal Dark Elves & Lady Sifs Return [Updated]

UPDATE: Scroll down for video from the Thor 2 set!

Out of all the Marvel “Phase Two” movies, Thor: The Dark World remains the one to watch, if for no other reason than its pivotal role as a convergence point for many of the plot threads and elements that will lead into upcoming Marvel films like Guardians of the GalaxyThe Avengers 2 - and quite possibly a Doctor Strange movie, if recent rumors are to believed.

Production on Thor 2 is currently underway in the UK; recent set photos have hinted at a darker and grittier tone for the sequel, which is being helmed by Alan Taylor, whose previous experience as a director on HBO’s Game of Thrones has certainly familiarized him with the aesthetics and mechanics of a myth-meets-medieval world. As new Thor 2 set photos further indicate, Taylor is going for some pretty gritty battle scenes as well.

The set photos come courtesy of outlets like WENN and SHH, and seemingly depict Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in the midst of a battle alongside his fellow Asgardian warriors – most notably actress Jaimie Alexander back as Lady Sif – against a horde of armored foes who are the spitting images of the Dark Elves of Svartalfhiem.

Check out this illustration of the Dark Elves in the Thor comic books – then compare it to what you see in the set photo gallery and video:  



Dark Elves in Thor Comic Book Thor 2 Set Photos & Video Reveal Dark Elves & Lady Sifs Return [Updated]



There’s little question that the figures Thor and Co. are battling in this scene are Dark Elves, in what is possibly their home realm of  Svartalfhiem. Can the first set photos of former Dr. Who alum Christopher Eccleston as Dark Elf king Malekith the Accursed  be far behind?

There is question, however, about the particularly big, burly, warrior seen holding an axe-like weapon in the photos. One might assume that it is Algrim the Strong, the most powerful warrior of the Dark Elf race; Algrim will be played in The Dark World by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko on Lost), and since that big guy in the set photo isn’t AAA, it’s hard to believe we’re looking at Algrim. Then again, a white stuntman was used as a stand-in for a pre-CGI Don Cheadle as War Machine on the Iron Man 3 set, so you never know…

 Thor 2 Set Photos & Video Reveal Dark Elves & Lady Sifs Return [Updated]

Overall, the Dark World set photos indicate that – unless Alan Taylor is rolling those cameras the wrong way – we should be getting some more grounded, Lord of the Rings-style action than the CGI-heavy choreographed dance fight numbers that Kenneth Branagh put together in Thor. You won’t hear us complaining about such a change; if anything, Thor 2 could use an upgrade in battle sequences – and an approach that’s more Peter Jackson than George Lucas would understandably be more fitting with this particular character and his world.

The story of  Thor 2 will pick up after Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has been transported back to Asgard to face punishment for his crimes against Earth in The Avengers. If comic book lore is anything to follow, Malekith the Accursed will scheme to obtain the powerful artifacts housed in Odin’s vault – possibly in collusion with the fire demon Sultur of Muspelheim and/or Loki himself. In the comics, Malekith also kidnapped a love-interest of Thor’s (presumably that would be Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster in this film) and used her to lure the hero into a battle with Algrim (who’d been transformed into a more fearsome warrior known as “Kurse”) held in the fiery pits of Muspelheim. Now that would be a “boss battle” we’d love to see on the big screen…

Thor Muspelheim Concept Art 570x275 Thor 2 Set Photos & Video Reveal Dark Elves & Lady Sifs Return [Updated]


More and more it’s looking like Thor will be visiting multiple realms in the sequel (Asgard, Midgard (Earth), Svartalfheim and possibly Muspelheim); The Malekith/Sultur/Loki(?) alliance from the classic comics could very well be the threat; and Odin’s vault will either be a major MacGuffin of the story, or a collateral damage event that galvanizes the larger cosmic events of the Marvel “Phase 2″ storyline – including the creation of Doctor Strange and implementation of characters like Thanos and Guardians of the Galaxy into the larger narrative that presumably leads up to Avengers 2.

It’s a lot to handle, for sure, but if screenwriters Don Payne (Thor) and Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) have done their job well (to the satisfaction of Marvel Phase Two architect Joss Whedon), then Thor 2 could be the Marvel movie that corrects the missteps of predecessors like Iron Man 2, by telling a compelling (and action-packed) standalone story, AND serving as a great tie-in piece to the larger universe.

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.

Source: SHH

Update Source: AOL

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  1. I’m super excited for Thor 2. I thought the first Thor was awesome, and way better than Iron Man 2 at the very least.

    Iron Man 3 looks to be a big improvment, as does Thor: The Darkest World. Hopefully, Captain America: The Winter Soldier follows suit.

    • I agree The_Mad_Titan

      Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 are both sounding very good.
      I too hope that Captain America: TWS turns out okay. It is sad Joe Johnston isn’t staying on, but I can appreciate Marvel’s decision to use different directors to keep things fresh.

  2. At first I thought too much was going on in Thor II, but now with these set pics, things are looking good, and better than the first.

  3. looks good so far, just hope the tone and style arent changed to drastically from the first thor. thats one thing that kinda irks me about the Mission impossible films. none of them feel like they are in the same series.

  4. Did anyone else notice Thor’s hair? It looks more yellowish now than blonde. Plus the armor near his boots look medieval looking, which is a new feature. I am really worried this movie despite the grittier tone might drop a lot of errors of continuity from the first film due to the new director. I mean a new grittier dark look for Asgard possibly? If your going to make it a true sequel keep big easily seen details from the first in the film not to drop any confusing plot holes.

  5. Thor has sleeves again! haha
    ae they ever going to show him and Sif wearing helmets? in Thor 1 and the avengers the only time I’ve seen him wear it was in the beginning of T1.
    Plus his boy armor seems to be darker now, not all silver…

    can’t wait for Phase 2 to get rolling…i want ANTMAN to go into production after T2 too

    • Thor’s Helmet in the film is more like a Crown…so yeah, wearing it on the battlefield would be unnecessary and would fall off constantly.

  6. what about beta ray bill and surtur.

  7. sure is a lot of photos. looks good so far.
    i can just keep watching these films over & over. cant wait for The Avengers BD and have a marvel marathon!

  8. Those outfits look hot, heavy and uncomfortable. Bet those guys are sweating.

    If you had told me 10 years ago that a movie about Marvel’s Thor was coming to theaters and it was actually a good movie, I wouldn’t have believed you. Let alone a Thor number 2!!

    Superman and Batman I expect. Over and over again. But Thor??

    I’m looking forward to seeing this.

  9. This had better be than the first THOR film because I’m really counting on it to be a successful hit.

  10. man that set photos have more pumped than ever now, looks where finally going to get some decent battle scenes with thor, could hardly see anything in the first thor film, this looks all lord of the rings and bad ass

  11. I just don’t see Thanos being featured, or even really talked about, in this movie. Sure, Loki could mention him, but what good would it do? Would Loki be spared his punishment after repeating “The Other’s” warning? I mean, how could they introduce Thanos here? Does he take over the dark elves like he presumably did the Chitauri? Plus the fact, IMHO, he’s too “cosmic” to be mixed in with this movie.

    I could see Odin’s vault getting raided though, seeing as the Destroyer should still be locked away on Earth. In “Fury’s Big Week” (the Avengers prelude comic) Agent Coulson orders a scientist to dismantle the Destroyer and turn it into some kind of weapon (“and put a trigger on it!”). I don’t see SHEILD taking it apart, but maybe finding a way to replicate or adapt the Destroyer’s “firepower” into a working weapon. I’m kinda worried about the Sorcerer’s artifacts though, I don’t want to see Doctor Strange (if he’s introduced) become the Sorcerer Supreme overnight.

  12. I’m really liking the more LotR-esque setting as seen in these set pics.
    Like I’ve been saying: more Nordic fantasy and less sci-fi.

    Thor:TDW is looking really, really good IMO.

  13. Really excited about this one! With Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones)on board, I’m even more pumped. I did like the Frost Giants fight scene in Thor though, choreographed or no. Although the other fight scenes didn’t quite meet up.

  14. I think this one will be better. We get the obligatory origin stuff out of the way, which frankly for Thor, was rather boring. Basically his arc is he goes from arrogant, egotistical, man-child warmonger to slightly less arrogant, slightly less egotistical, mature protector of Midgard/Asgard. OK, we get, just bring on the bad guys already.

  15. Quit taking jabs at Iron Man 2, it was a good movie. Every Marvel article you have you feel the need to do this. Be creative and write something else

    • No. No we will not.

      • Hahaha touche Kofi. I liked IM2 also, so there are those creeps like us out here.

  16. Thor’s suit sucks, so does his hair.

    lol What’s that, a skirt on him?

    I have a bad feeling about this movie.

    I really hate the dark elves, too. They never seemed interesting enough.

  17. Sequel is looking better each time cant wait.

  18. I actually liked the original Thor. It lacked action , but it was pretty awesome

  19. Wow, this is looking to be epic in all the right ways.

  20. I would love to see how they set up the explosions with horses and people in the midst of all that, Thhor 2 looks fun, I hope they retain the wits from the first one, and less CGI talking snowmen

  21. The baddies are not the Dark Elves – trust me, i know!

    • Speakest what secrets thoust knowest, witch.


  22. “whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy. Shall possess the power of Thor”