Marvel Reveals Official ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Synopsis

Published 3 years ago by , Updated December 6th, 2012 at 1:10 pm,

Thor The Dark World Synopsis Marvel Reveals Official Thor: The Dark World Synopsis

While many of the Marvel Studios headlines lately have focused on the home video release of The Avengers, casting reports for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Robert Downey Jr. returning to the set of Iron Man 3 after an injury, the most mysterious sequel of the bunch is currently shooting in the UK.

We’re of course talking about Thor: The Dark World, a film we didn’t know much about – officially speaking – until today. As it turns out, we unofficially had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the basic outline of next year’s cosmic Marvel film.

Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has finally released the official synopsis for Thor: The Dark World:

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.  Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery” #83 in August, 1962.

“Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Full press release on page 2. The second and third paragraphs listing the talent behind the film contain information that has all been released previously as official. The first paragraph, offering the first official description of the plot however, is new, and confirms a lot of what we’ve reported and theorized about.

The “ancient race” refers (at least in part) to the Dark Elves of of Svartalfheim, whom Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston) leads. Thanks to casting calls for extras and recent descriptions of concept art, we know Thor: The Dark World will show moviegoers not just Asgard, Earth and Svartalheim, but potentially all of the nine realms from Norse Mythology. While Thor may not step foot on all of these worlds, we can expect to learn about them.

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Thor vs. Surtur

The fact that the synopsis name-drops all of the realms as needing Thor’s help, lends credence to the rumors and speculation of the sequel ambitiously getting (much) deeper into the lore behind Marvel Comics’ take on the mythology. Our own early thoughts were that The Dark World could be taking inspiration from the ’80s run of Thor #344-350 which includes Malekith, Loki, almost all of the characters cast so far for the film, along with Surtur, the menacing leader of the fire demons of Muspelheim (who we think could represent the ancient returning race the synopsis mentions). Here’s my summary of the events from Thor #344-350 to see how and why this could be the story of the film:

Much like Odin kept the Casket of Ancient Winters locked away in his vault to prevent the Frost Giants from acquiring its power, we saw in Thor the Eternal Flame in Odin’s Vault as well – something Surtur (the fire giant leader) desperately wants to reclaim in order to enchant his sword and burn the nine worlds. In Marvel Comics, specifically in the ’80s run of issues of Thor #344-350 (which includes the The Casket of Ancient Winters saga), we see several important things happen. Loki, Malekith and Surtur all work together – to a certain extent – and this sees Malekith come to Earth.

Without getting into too much detail, Malekith – in the comics – is a bad dude who wants the Casket of Ancient Winters (the blue glowing box from Thor) to use as a weapon to freeze the nine worlds. He was exiled by Odin but later freed by big bad Surtur who sends Malekith to use the casket on Earth, creating a massive winter snow fall – this ties into previous rumors which had some enemy faction trying to invade Asgard and to get to Thor, they attack Earth (and Jane Foster), knowing its importance to him. Surtur also had Malekith meet with Loki and make an agreement to have him help with the Asgard invasion – this is where Loki’s redemption can come into play as he deceives Malekith knowing Surtur intends to destroy Asgard.

For more details and analysis on this, read our Malekith-Surtur-Loki theory and our discussion of the Nine Realms.

With the synopsis referencing an enemy “Odin and Asgard cannot withstand,” we know that Asgard and Earth fall under attack, which matches the events of this story from the books. The ancient force, that could very well be the fire demons and not necessarily the Dark Elves. Unfortunately, these specifics remain a mystery as production continues for Thor 2 in the UK. Perhaps “The Dark World” could even refer to a snow-covered Earth?

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Sorry, no Dr. Strange confirmation.

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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  1. To sacrifice everything? Could this mean the death of a major character, I know Odin was in the rumours but what about Loki? Maybe Loki is killed by Malekith in the film upon knowing the deception. I wouldn’t be suprised if Marvel does this seeing how easily they gave Coulson the boot. Loki didn’t contribute much in the Avengers anyway to the story. They wouldn’t kill off Jane so easily since Marvel still needs a keen love interest towards Thor.

    • I doubt it. They tried ‘killing him’ at the end of Thor but as you can see he survived that. I don’t think they would try to kill him off twice.

    • Tom Hiddleston is signed on for like 6 movies as far as I know… so I don’t think they would let him go. Especially considering how popular he is, and also there are a lot of story-lines in Thor or in The Avengers comics that could be used in the future and Loki sometimes plays very important roles in it.

      Plus even in the comics Loki is always there, he’s almost kind of a package deal with Thor. Even when he actually dies Thor brings him back to life.

      So no, I don’t think it will be Loki.

      • @scyllaya- you just said it yourself ” when he actually dies, Thos brings him back to life”. IMO i would think they wpuld know that too. I dont think they would mind killing him off if they kan just work him back in the story line somewhere down the line. Perhaps even in a prologue of Avengers 2 dontcha think?

        Sidenote: this is pretty much my two cents on the synopsis. So there’s an ancient force that even Odin and Asgard cant over come but with Jane Foster, Thor can? OKAY. I thought they said they were going cosmic, why bother going back to Earth, that’s( again IMO) the mistake they made in Thor.
        But as always i hope they prove me wrong and it plays out much better story wise and we get to see more of the core Thor characters at least.

        • How on earth (lol) could Thor have ever worked if they hadn’t sent him to earth? Odin sent him to earth because to them earth (our own back yards) was the underdeveloped sest pool of the nine relms. He was banished because he was a whinny huberisticly over prideful prince and being on earth changed him into the true hero he is now. Thor has always been earth centered, he loves it here.

          But I do agree that earth should play a somewhat less extensive role in the story if they’re gonna step back and examine the entire nine relms.

          As for someone dying I would actually like to see Loki get some redemption even if your say “how can he come back from what he just did (in Avengers)”. I think it’d be really dramatic if loki was killed trying to mess up the villians plans and redeam himself and was brought back to life all in Thor 2.

          • Oh, gosh, I hope Loki can be redeamed. That would be so awesome! Who agrees with me?!

            • I think its very likely that he will because even with the attrocities he’s just commited in the Avengers I remember from an interview (I think with Tom Hiddleston or someone else close to the heart of the Thor movies) it was said that it was a very likely possibility since, to paraphrase what was said: in the comics and mythology the character has always tetered on the line between trechary and redemption at times being a villain and others helping Thor counter other evils (but usually when it suits him to do so).

              • Yes! Exactly! I’ve watched many of Tom Hiddlston’s Interviews and I understand what your saying.

    • Loki didn’t contribute much to the Avengers? Did you see the same film the rest of us did? He was THE BIG BAD in the entire film, he was the REASON there WAS a film! The entire film revolved around LOKI…and they better NOT kill that character off, it wouldn’t make any sense. I’ve heard over and over Odin will be done in.

      • Big bad punching bag

        • I wonder, as far as “sacrificing everything” could it be either letting asguard fall to save earth/jane or save asgard but let jane die? If loki does die, then thor 3 can just be about thor going to get him in the underworld (Hel) or something.

          But what i find interesting in the synopsis is thr whole “evil that predates the universe” deal. Umm Surtur and all those guys are from this universe. The only one that predates the current marvel U is Galactus. He’s from the universe that existed prior to the current one (if we are talking about continuity and all that jazz).

          So if odin etc can do nothing about the threat are we not talking about galactus here? Whats surtur and co compared to him?

      • THANK YOU!!!! he was only themain villian in the film…. along with the Chitauri but ALL OF THAT revolved around LOKI/// LOL I dont think he saw the same avengers!! Didn’t they make a different “avengers”movie in the UK? maybe thats what he saw!!!

    • Sif is Thor’s big love interest eventually. Also, in the books all of the Norse gods die and come back on a regular basis, during Ragnarok.

    • “Credit not final” on the Story By and Screenplay by? why would that NOT be final? CONFUSED.

  2. Sounds awesome to me! I’ll he there at midnight watching this! Thor is my top anticipated solo sequel!

    I for one hope it’s Loki who gets the boot but I have a feeling odin will to he honest. Or Darcy. :)

    • No, I don’t agree, Loki can’t get booted out…he’s got too many fans for Marvel to just let him go like that. I sooo hope he gets redeemed! And it won’t seem right anyway for him to just get kicked all of a sudden, that wouldn’t fit right.

  3. What about the expanded role of Kat Dennings. What do they mean by expanded and is it possible she is some kind of guardian to Jane Foster?

    • Honestly I think she may end up being Hela, “sacrifice everything” brings death to mind, so if Thor died saving both “Darcy” and Jane, she would bring him back,

    • Honestly I think she may end up being Hela, “sacrifice everything” brings death to mind, so if Thor died saving both “Darcy” and Jane, she would bring him back.

      • Who is Hela and what is her relationship to the marvel comics and Thor and Jane Foster?

        • Hela is one of the villains of Thor. I think she was trying to kill Jane in the comics so she can have Thor to herself.

        • Hela is the Goddess of Death and rules the Underworld. She also happens to be Loki’s daughter.

  4. Sounds like a pretty awesome story. This is shaping up to be a big movie! Can’t wait! :)

  5. Hope this or any other solo sequels won’t be like prequels to Avengers 2 like the first solo films to Avengers.

    After this success people will come, Marvel. Just snap the “The company that brought you The Avengers” tagline on every poster. That will guarantee money.

    • Or just like here in the synopsis they can say/write “Thor, the Mighty Avenger” instead of “Thor, The God of Thunder” and everyone will think of The Avengers right away :)

      It’s a clever, subtle way to remind casual movie-goers who he is.

  6. marvel presents marvels avengers who are owned by marvel.

    • …who are owned by disney…or maybe by stan lee enterprises according to the recent lawsuit

  7. I’d put some money down on them killing off Jane foster. Now that thor’s established they don’t need a natalie portman to lend credibility to the project. Also, from what I remember she had some pr spat with the studio in the early stages of Thor 2 over story direction and the decision to move on without patty Jenkins (please correct me if I’m wrong). ‘Thor sacrifices everything’- this or Odin would be the only two I would bet on and the played the odinsleep card in the last flick. They won’t kill Loki…. Too popular. Coulson is coming back to life at some point too I guess, I think they should build the vision in the image of coulson as a tribute and have Clark Greg play him…. That would be awesome

    • I’m guessing Jane Foster as well. If they need a love interest at all, they could go with Sif and if there will ever be a third Thor movie, I would guess it would go in a similar vein as this one, with other worlds and such involved, which would be even easier for Sif to be involved.

      • I don’t even know how long this Jane Foster romance lasted in the comics, she was a completely different character.

        It would make sense for Thor to be involved in Sif later on.

        Plus maybe it’s just me but I saw absolutely zero chemistry between Thor and Jane. Thor and Sif make more sense to me.

        So yeah death guesses are Odin and/or Jane for me too. Definitely not Loki.

        • I totally agree..Marvel CANNOT kick Loki. At least not yet.

    • While I doubt if they will kill Jane ( my money is still on Odin ), I totally agree that building the Vision in the concept of Phil would be a super-cool idea ! I had thought of it back when the whole ‘is he dead/no he’s not’ discussion was going on after the Avengers movie. Think of it – it would help link up to Ant-Man too via Pym, wouldn’t it ?
      Don’t think it will be in this movie though – maybe Cap2 or IM3

      • Yup. it would blow so many people’s minds if they made Clark Gregg the vision.

  8. Odin vanished at the end of the Surtur saga, so it’s pretty obvious this is about Hopkins.


    So anyway, I asked for more Simonson stuff, and that’s what we are getting.



  9. So where is Enchantress and The Troll Ulik?They are two really great characters who deserve to be in the films.

    • There are a little better villains than Ulik IMO.
      The enchantress and executioner should definitely get introduced at some point though. There’s so much that can be done with those two characters… as well as Balder the Brave.

      • Ugh, I meant to say there are many better villains than Ulik.

    • i think their saving the enchantress for the third thor movie as adding her would be a lil to much for thor 2

  10. Hopefully there will be a Thanos past credit scene of him getting the Infinity Guantlet to lead into Guardians of the Galaxy. Or of Doctor Strange becoming…Doctor Strange.

    • question who is the bigger villain Surtur or Thanos? Just seems to me Thanos (without thr gauntlet) is just peanuts compared to Surtur but could be wrong. Didnt surtur destroy entire galaxies everytime he struck his sword as he was forging it?

      Galactus > Surtur > Thanos
      Thanos (gauntlet) > galactus & Surtur. .. Does this make sense? Just trying to figure out if Thor 2 has such massive villains etc how can Avengers two not feel smaller in a sense. Thats just earth that will be in jeopardy (well unless it is the infinity gautlet storyline) vs thor 2 which would have multiple worlds etc

      • Thanos with the Infinty Guantlet is pretty much god. He beat and imprisoned Galactus. Without it Surtur may be more powerful but I think Thanos with or without guantlet is a better villain. I assume Thanos will be hinted at in Thor 2 and will show in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers 2.

        • Thanks for the answers! There’s so much going on/possibilities with phase 2, csnt wait to see how it plays out.

          • No problem and same here. I can’t wait to see how phase 2 plays out. From Iron Man 3 to Ant Man and Thor: The Dark World to Guardians of the Galaxy all the way to Avengers 2 and beyond!

  11. I’m surprised no one’s suggested the possibly of Thor dying.
    He’s been “killed” a lot in the comics and it’s usually to save the universe (ultimate sacrifice).. . and he always comes back somehow so he’ll still be in future movies.
    Just throwin’ it out there… My first guess would still be Odin dying.

    • Well he technically already died in the first Thor movie and then came back, so they might not do it again unless it were completely different. But yeah, Odin will probably get killed by, say, Surtur?

  12. They better keep Loki!! Get rid of Jane Foster and have Sif be with Thor.

    • I agree with you on keeping Loki, he is one of my fave villians PLUS he is an important part in the whole Thor comic book series. Like seriously, if there is no Loki there is no Thor…kinda. But I think Jane Foster is a good love interest for Thor because if you pay attention to the comics it works out…kinda. Everyone is shocked that THOR, PRINCE OF ASGARD is with a MORTAL. They have lots of chemistry. It’s funny because if Thor was a human he would be the hot jock who is dumb as nails. Jane is super smart and Thor admires her for that. Thor sees Sif as a friend because they have known each other since childhood and Sif is more of a guy then a girl, despite her beauty. And the Enchantress is just a batshit crazy ex-girlfriend… ya know that has wicked powers and stuff. I think they will either get rid of Odin or maybe one of Thor’s friends. I hope they keep Odin, I love Anthony Hopkins!

      • Nevermind, I agree all the way.

    • Yeah, I agree, partially.

  13. Sounds very vague

  14. I have nothing to say except that I would like to see the Celestials in a movie. Thank you for reading my comment.

  15. that sounds awesome yes yes yes. and screenrant had again the good reporter nose as they said before that the villain could be -malekith- and that the story could entire the nine realms. i´m more then satisfied about the -synopsis-.

  16. news from the s.h.i.e.l.d series produced by joss whedon has in the pilot-movie of -marvel´s shield agents- a surprise. agent coulson is coming back.-news from coming soon-.

    • What the hell!! Are you kidding me? I would love to see Agent Coulson back I think he was great on all the Marvel movies he was in. How do you know this? And is it official or just rumors and speculation?

        • So the SHIELD series will take place before The Avengers? Or at least the pilot will, I guess.

          • Yeah I’m a little stumped on this information as well. I’m glad Coulson is back but I don’t know how unless it takes place in the past.

          • No actually it is supposed he is revived or something like that because he is supposed to headline the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. So s*** just got real . And I’m just glad to see the S.H.I.E.L.D. show is actually moving on.

            • They talked about it in the Avengers movie. Its the L.M.D. or Life Model Decoy. Its effectively a robotic clone used for assassination attepts and what not. Since they even bleed, it would be the perfect solution.

  17. Do not underestimate Surter If Surters sword Twilight is ignighted by the eternal flame…..Well to quote the comics. “DOOM!”

  18. This film is getting bigger and bigger, its gonna be awesome and the Thor and Surtur battle should be EPIC!!!!

  19. Mr. Snow-miser? Mr. Heat-miser? Hmmm, sounds like something out of a rankin-Bass kiddie Christmas special! hee-hee, still, I’m pumped for this movie! But a helping hand from Dr. Strange would probably be welcomed by Thor as well! {…and the fanboys…!}

    • Now I have that song stuck in my head…but that happens every once in a while anyway haha.

  20. Just throwing it out there with no relation to anything in the article just Thor in general but wouldn’t it be wierd if they introduced the wrecking crew as villans for Thor. I mean they’re sorta classic Thor enemies and it ties Asgardian elements back to earth based elements to keep Thor earth centered but its just such a wierd premis. Four average joes get magical powers from an enchanted crow bar. I really hope that isn’t gonna be something marvel will consider for a thor movie in the future.

    • I could see the Wrecking Crew happening but not as the main villains. The way it would work is whenever Thor is down on earth, Loki or Malekith or some scorcerer would enchant them to defeat Thor. They would only serve as temporary henchmen. I would’nt mind Absorbing Man. Not the one in the 2003 Hulk that was stupid I mean the actual Crusher Creel one.

      • Heck yes! Crusher Creel would be a perfect enemy to add (and possibly to a smaller degree with Creel’s love interest Titania). I’d love to see him go up against Thor just like how he started out in the comics.

        But I’d actually like to see him go up against Hulk (if they ever make another movie for him) just as much if not more so. But just like you said not in the way they did it in the 2003 hulk movie. However I firmly believe they could do it in a much more epic way a second time around. Just have him be the wrecking ball on a chain swinging brawler type he was ment to be.

        • I know right! Absorbing Man would be fantastic on screen if done correctly just like any villain. Well, maybe except Hypno Hustler or Stilt Man.

          • Hey, Hypno Hustler and Stilt Man could be pretty good too. Just not as major characters. Have them be like a supervillain cameo. Someone who just shows up with no back story that the hero can defeat in two to five minutes of the movie.

            Kinda like how they have scenes where the hero stops a mugging or a bank robery or pulls someone out of a burning building to show off their heroics outside of facing the major villain of the movie. Only this time put a small time street-crime level villain in who is otherwise a pushover for whoevere stops them but is someone die hard fans will recognize from the comics.

            I kinda reassesed stilt man’s threat level a while back after seeing a version in the comics where he had extendable arms and punched a guy through a wall.

  21. If they are exploring the Nine Realms, do all signs point to Hercules being in this sequel? Interesting. I really hope they include Xena as well and no other person can play her but Lucy Lawless, they MUST get Lucy Lawless. Fingers crossed. No Hercules without Xena

  22. Thor? Meh.. Bring. On. Superman.

    • Why. Are. You. Commenting. Here. Then?

      • i know right…dumbass scott chase.

  23. Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all, at least till The Avengers 2 then we’ll find a way to make it so Thor can appear without any hassle.

  24. by “sacrificying everything” means he will be stuck here on earth in the end… he is sacrificying asgard for earth, not the death of asgard but his ability to go home until the Avengers 2!!!! Something like that anyways, thats what it sounds like to me

  25. I’m still hoping for the good doctor to make an apperance.

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  27. I think they might kill Thor off. I know this sounds retarded, but in the comics in 2013 he will be killed off, if you go to amazon and see thier descriptions for the avengers books comming up he dies. They could bring him back though with the guardians do the galaxy movie right before avengers 2. Maybe some sort of time shift…just my thoughts.
    You have tony stark losing everything, captain America is fighting a guy who in the comics kills him (maybe he will die too?), and Thor fighting a foe beyond his means…keep in mind they also have Spider-Man and wolverine as back up avengers…soon. Just my thoughts.

  28. As much as I wish it were Loki they were offing just to rile up the Tom Hiddleston fangirls, I’m putting money on Thor and Loki’s mom. It would be the obviously emotional ploy to bring Thor and Loki to cooperate, since Loki isn’t the headlining villain in this movie. They can off her without any development on her behalf as a character and still have that emotional punch. Plus this franchise is owned by Disney.

    And there’s nobody who hates moms more than Disney.