25 Cool New Things You’ll See in ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 3rd, 2013 at 6:09 pm,


An Old Asgard

Thor 2 The Dark World Official Photo Heimdall Pub 570x379 25 Cool New Things Youll See in Thor: The Dark World

From our chat with production designer Charles Wood, we got a good sense of how the crew of Thor: The Dark World designed the many interior/exterior sets with a realistic, worn-down finish, to help director Alan Taylor create and flesh out Asgardian culture beyond the shiny CGI palace of the first film (see: Alan Taylor’s criticism of Thor).

Producer Craig Kyle:

“And what’s really important this time around is, you know, this is a world built by Thor’s great-grandfather, grandfather, and father, and we want to be able to show that through the Architecture. Just like the observatory we’re not going to cover “hey, how’s the building going?” We’re just gonna show people, and you’ll see different kinds of materials, and age, and damage building up to the Golden Palace that we’ve already seen in the golden towers that went beyond it. So, all of it’s just, again, showing the age and the time.”

The Asgardian sets around the pub were envisioned to represent “Heart of Asgard,” to let the audience see the realm of Asgard as a community. Thor – in casual mode – wears a blue cloak that covers most of his armor, allowing him to blend in and spend time with friends in town and in the pub. The pub is where Sif and The Warrior’s Three spend their time and where Volstagg tells exaggerated stories of his epic battles and adventures to his kids on his lap and friends in the pub.


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  1. Whoa this article is massive!

    • I work out

      • I appreciate your work on here Rob, great stuff!

      • –said the article.

      • +1 haha awesome

      • I’ll comb through it later, but the pic above of Chris Hemsworth was a bit off compared to the first Thor movie and his reprisal in Avengers… He looks A LOT thinner and MUCH less bulky than before, even in his scale armor. What gives?

        • Does the suit define the man or the man define the suit?

        • maybe he ate some of that bad astromy from Janes partment!!!

  2. Great job Rob, that was awesome.

  3. You always wonder where the money goes when you see the insane budgets of these films. This article pretty much explains it. Its crazy how much work and detail go into producing these movies. Also wondering what happens to all the sets and props after production? Do they just sell them off or stack them in some giant warehouse somewhere until they have a reason to reuse them?

  4. Wow, Rob practically wrote book! Can’t wait to read it!

  5. I want to see the Warrior Madness Mode

  6. Yup, more pumped than this than before…

    • About this…darn

  7. Wow. This movie sounds like a true Thor tale. I loved the first film, but it was mostly very grounded on Earth (no pun intended.) That being said, I am very grateful that it still embraced the more fantastical side of the original Thor comics rather than the more “realistic(?)” approach of the Ultimate comics. I’m very excited to see Thor in his element rather than a sort of fish out of water like the first film and The Avengers.

  8. Anyone remember that Chris O’Dowd supposedly filmed a cameo for this? Has barely been mentioned or hinted at at all since the news first dropped.

    • Yeap, he plays the person dating Jane Foster I believe – just a one-scene sort of thing I’d guess.

  9. I know I say this a lot, but does it not bother anybody that the burnt half of his face is on the wrong side?

    • Could be the photo was flipped before uploading.

      Otherwise, I dunno but it certainly doesn’t bother me much.

    • I don’t think it’s too big a deal. Look at Aaron Eckhart as Two-face. If they switched the side his face was scarred on, I doubt it would have affected his awesome performance.

      • I understand that, but it’s like giving the Joker red hair. Sure, it doesn’t change the performance of the actor much, but it just isn’t truthful to the character.

        If you ever watch the show Avatar:TLA, in the episode The Ember Island Players, they put Zuko’s scar on the wrong side. A kid later approaches Zuko to appreciate his Zuko “costume”, but tells him that his scar (his actual scar) is on the wrong side. This upsets Zuko, as Malekith’s burn has upset me.

      • Maybe the scarred side jumps back and forth, just to confuse people???

  10. Nice article for sure. Thanks.

    • I’m so hungry right now I could do with some astromy sammiches.

      One awesome typo in 5500 words is a double-win!

      • ABSOLUTELY Rob, I hope your not taking it the wrong way! I loved the article, but that typo is Epic! I am an amateur astronomer and THAT is probably the only reason I caught it!

        Only 1 word in 5500 is a very good percentage and I bet most writers would be happy with that.

  11. What no Enchantress or Ulik? I am not too familiar with this character to be honest but I know those two where very important villains through the comic run.

    • “No Enchantress or you lick”? Well, what an insult!

    • I still think they may be saving them for Thor 3, if indeed the film is made. They can easily be included as working for Surtur. Also, not sure where I heard it, but the mention of maybe killing off Jane Foster in this film can lead to the Sif-Enchantress-Thor love triangle.

  12. The first cool thing you’ll see in the movie is me sitting in the front row of the theater, munching popcorn and panting over Sif (the girl, not the disease!~). As for the other 24 cool things, who the heck knows?

    • Goldi, mostly you make me groan. But when you make me laugh, you REALLY make me laugh.
      “The girl, not the disease”… I’m dying over here.

  13. I will see Thor 2 but am not excited for it, I get this feeling that all the realms we haven’t seen will look like generic and unoriginal crap we have all seen before, this is a freakin sci-fi movie for crying out loud with a big budget. No golden apples or thor using his helmet? That is lame, Origin of Kurse? Lame, that origin is a stale one we have all seen before, and those weapons? I am not impressed. It all looks lame too. I like the first thor movie but have a feeling this one will be terrible, I certainly don’t care for the game of thrones influence, making it like game of thrones is a lazy and un-creative direction.

    • Why are you seeing this movie?

    • Golden apples?

    • Making it like GOT is unoriginal?

      So…what would be original considering the Vikings lived, pillaged and invaded in countries traditionally seen as dark, grey, represented as perfectly as we can imagine by the GOT scenes shot in Ireland?

    • I hoped someone else would bring that up.

      Very Ultron, isn’t it?

  14. the Stone Man from Saturn looks like the unholy offspring of Homer Simpson and The Thing!

    • +1000

    • Stoner Simpson?

  15. What’s cool, is that the Kronans are featured in the Planet Hulk series where one of the Kronan brothers explains his meeting with Thor. Quite cool. I digress.

  16. I’m so pumped for this movie! It looks epic.

  17. The quote from Jake Morrison made my head hurt…no idea what he means.

  18. needs more darkies and mexi-dudes. maybe could use machete and danny glover.

  19. Why Exactly does Darcy have an assistant ? She plays absolutely NO part in the films. No purpose whatsoever.

    • She’s a big part of the comic relief for casual moviegoers.

    • I thought she was pretty funny in Thor. Sure, after watching the movie 6 times, she got a little old; but I did see the movie 6 times (2 in the theater, 4 on DVD/BLU).