Marvel Studios and parent company Disney are already seeing success with Thor: The Dark World opening in international markets this week to greater numbers than its predecessor, but the second chapter to Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still more than a week away from release in North America.
On this week's podcast we previewed Thor: The Dark World and dissected what it means for Thor 3 and other future Marvel films, most notably, The Avengers 3, combining what we learned from visiting the Thor 2 set and interviewing the cast and director at the film's press junket. Having seen the film, we broke down the mid and post-credits sequences and today we have more (less-spoilery) info in the form of new images. Lots of new images.
The below photo galelries come from Disney and The Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide who've had two large batches of exclusive Thor 2 stills in recent weeks. In them we finally get to see Zachary Levi's Fandral in costume with blonde hair, along with the other members of the Warriors Three; close-ups of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje suited up as both as Algrim the Strong and Kurse (rocking the horns) and plenty of hero shots of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Heimdall (Idris Elba) in their unique and detailed Asgardian armor.
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Note also in the below images the foreboding imagery of portals opening up to the nine realms, most notably one to the fiery Muspelheim, home of Surtur and the Fire Demons which we expect to see in the next Thor movie. There are also more shots of Chris O'Dowd and Stellan Skarsgård in London, and more picturesque images of Asgard.
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Which character design and location impresses you the most?
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 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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