Iron Man 3 kicked-off "Phase 2" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but filmmaker Shane Black's Tony Stark adventure was mostly a standalone comic book movie (with some Avengers references for good measure). The next Phase 2 installment, Thor: The Dark World, takes a different approach; that is, the God of Thunder's sequel not only addresses Loki's (Tom Hiddleston) fate after he launched an attack on Earth, it also reveals in full the breakdown of stability in the Nine Realms (after the Bifrost was destroyed in the first Thor movie).
The Dark World director Alan Taylor's experience serving as an executive producer and director on Game of Thrones seems to have benefited him on the Thor sequel, judging by early trailer footage that suggests this flick will be closer to the grand viking-fantasy adventure that many fans wanted director Kenneth Branagh's Thor movie to be (lest we forget, the Thor sequel is Screen Rant's #2 pick for our Most Anticipated of 2013 list).
Unfortunately, as it often the case with Marvel Studio releases, the new minute-long TV trailer for The Dark World doesn't include any material that wasn't included in either of the two theatrical trailers released to date; rather, it rearranges the previously-unveiled footage, especially that which was included in the Loki-heavy second trailer. Still, as much as everyone loves Thor's trickster step-brother, it may be for the best to have a TV preview that focuses on the actual protagonist of the film (i.e. Chris Hemsworth as the eponymous, hammer-swinging Asgardian).
On a relate note, it's interesting to note the big difference in marketing approach between Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, especially with regard to the main villain's prominence. Chrstopher Eccelston (Doctor Who) as the Dark Elves' leader Malekith the Accursed has been presented as much more of a traditional (read: not all that unique) baddie in the Dark World trailers, unlike how Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin in IM3 was presented as a more flamboyant antagonist - and we all saw how that turned out, right?
Point being, with Loki soaking up more than his fair share of the spotlight - plus supporting characters like Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and Heimdall (Idris Elba) playing a larger role alongside returning stars like Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins - it might not matter too much if Malekith turns out to be something of a lackluster foe in The Dark World (though, obviously, we'd prefer for that not to be the case). Not to mention, seeing the entire Nine Realms at war might be compensation enough for shortcomings in certain departments of the film (read: the Thor-Jane romance).
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Thor: The Dark World opens in select IMAX 3D theaters on October 30th, 2013, before it begins a general release a week later on November 8th.
Source: Marvel [via CBM]