[Update: Watch the Thor: The Dark World trailer here!]
Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is ready to begin, and Iron Man 3 (which opens in the U.S. next month) will be the sequel to kick it off. That film will include a teaser trailer for the other Phase 2 installment arriving later this year, Thor: The Dark World, and today we can offer that superhero movie's real piece of marketing - in the shape of a poster, featuring Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder - before the trailer arrives next week (see: this trailer description).
Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) and Anthony Hopkins (Odin) will reprise their Thor roles in the sequel, which features new additions Christopher Eccleston (the 9th Doctor on Doctor Who) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost), who are playing, respectively, the Dark Elf Malekith the Accursed and Algrim the Strong/Kurse. Kenneth Branagh is not back as director; instead, that job has been given to Alan Taylor, a former co-showrunner and director on HBO's Game of Thrones.
Here is the official synopsis for Thor: The Dark World:
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.
Now, have a look at the teaser poster (via Marvel):
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This poster doesn't really provide a good approximation of the naturalism and grounded viking aesthetic that Taylor is bringing to the Thor sequel - as we've seen evidenced by leaked set photos throughout its production - but it's a stylish and effective tease of what's to come nonetheless, especially in comparison to the more questionable Marvel movie poster jobs we've seen in the past (cough, The Avengers, cough).
Check back here next week for when the Thor: The Dark World trailer hits iTunes next Tuesday on April 23rd, ahead of its theatrical premiere in front of Iron Man 3!
Iron Man 3 opens in U.S. theaters on May 3rd, 2013, followed by Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015.
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