In the 2011's Thor, moviegoers witnessed an arrogant prince take steps towards becoming the heroic God of Thunder, much of his power stemming from the mighty hammer Mjolnir. With it, Thor can leap vast distances, virtually granting him the ability to fly. The square-headed hammer can fly on its own, returning to its user when thrown or summoned, but it can only be used by someone deemed "worthy." It's a mystical artifact that according to Marvel Comics and hinted at in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was forged from a dying star.
When Thor returned to Earth and joined The Avengers last summer, we saw him battle without the hammer, having super strength and durability that allowed him to fight the Hulk with his fists. For Thor: The Dark World, his powers are enhanced yet again on the hero's path to protect Asgard, Earth and the rest of the realms. With even greater threats yet to be introduced however, Thor will have to put those powers to the test if star Chris Hemsworth is right about Thor 3.
Speaking with our own Kofi Outlaw at the press junket for Thor: The Dark World, Chris Hemsworth told us last week that he hasn't yet read the script for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that he does have ideas of where Thor 3 should go.
"I think what’s good about this is that each time, with the Avengers, we sort of made it difficult to separate them each time there’s some sort of conflict it’s like where’s the rest of the team? And I liked that Thor has another universe or the universe to sort of take care of and keep him occupied. I think that in the comic book the sort of end of days, Armageddon aspect is probably the direction in which it will all head in. Where it’s sort of the end of all things and there’s obviously no script or anything when I read the comic books I thought it was an interesting way to go."
By Armageddon, Hemsworth is referring to Ragnarok, an apocalypse of sorts that represents the end of Asgard. The event plays a major part in Thor comics and while on the set of Thor 2 last fall, executive producer Craig Kyle also teased similar ideas when describing to us the Tree of Yggdrasil housed within the Asgardian Hall of Science which appears in the film.
"And the effects and woes and success of the universe are spoken through this, this living object. So, should the end of all things ever come this would probably be the first thing to fall."
With Ragnarok comes one of Thor's greatest enemies, Surtur, leader of the Fire Demons of Muspelheim. We asked Kyle about the possibility of them showing up and he laughed and danced around the idea, saying only that it's an important storyline from the comics. As for Hemsworth's desire to see Fire Demons show up in the next Thor solo movie?
"Yeah (laughs) bring them all in."
First is was the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, and in Thor: The Dark World, the "Dark World" refers to Svartalfheim - home of Malekith and the Dark Elves. It's only logical to round out the trilogy with big bad Surtur and his army of Fire Demons. And in the books, there are plenty of ways to tie such a story to the artifacts of the first two films, previously seen characters and another attack on Earth. It's just a matter of when and how Marvel Studios decides to do so.
As fans will soon find out, Thor puts on an impressive show with his abilities as the God of Thunder in Thor: The Dark World and that's something very intentional. We learned on on our visit to the set of the film last year that visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison and the production team put a lot of thought into redesigning how Thor can fly and wield the mighty hammer Mjolnir. Hemsworth told us that he and director Alan Taylor wanted to make changes on this front as well.
"It was one of my first concerns at the beginning of the film. I said, ‘look I don’t want him to feel he’s just doing hand to hand combat he’s a God we should see him off the ground more and we should see the power of that weapon and his abilities.’ So that was something we really concentrated on upping the action and the stunts and his skillset, really showcasing what he’s capable of."
If Thor is to battle the 1000-foot tall Surtur, Marvel Studios and Hemsworth will have to up the ante again for Thor 3 which we expect could be one of Disney's unannounced 2016 Marvel movies.
Alan Taylor directs Thor 2 off of Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s screenplay. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.
Thor: The Dark World releases on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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