It was a big day for Marvel fans as footage from both of the studio’s fall projects were released today as part of YouTube’s Geek Week
The first was for Thor: The Dark World and if there’s one thing you can say one thing about the Thor movies: they definitely mix up the palette from the rest of the MCU. Iron Man 3 may have had Shane Black‘s deft comedy skills – “Don’t shoot! Seriously, I don’t even like working here…” – and Captain America: The Winter Soldier may have the Cold War thriller element to it (not to mention Robert Redford), but Thor: The Dark World has the luxury of playing around in the fantasy sandbox.
This new trailer might not offer us much more on the plot front, but what it does have is a load of Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki. Apart from the coup de grace against a rock troll, Chris Hemsworth isn’t given much to do besides swinging his hammer and making out with Natalie Portman. There are some majestic balcony shots of Asgard looking surprisingly like Rivendell (check 1:05) and of Loki being led hands bound and Gollum-like through not-Mordor. The Warriors Three make their return and take turns threatening Loki, who takes it all in his stride; Portman’s Foster even gets to throw a punch at him, which seems only to endear her to him. The villain, Malekith the Accursed, played by Christopher Eccleston, gets the obligatory voiceover (starting at 1:35) in which he promises to extinguish both Thor’s world and his family. That would seem to be the key world in the whole trailer: family.
As in the teaser, we see Portman suspended in the air before Malekith, storms clouds gathering overhead (see 1:45) – the suggestion being that Thor: The Dark World might well become the first in the Avenger‘s series to kill of its hero’s love interest. This may, however, just be a red herring: going back to family, as far as Thor’s not-so-loved ones go, we’re more worried about the fate of his least-favorite stepbrother. It’s already been confirmed that Loki won’t be appearing in The Avengers: Age of Ultron; Hiddleston himself has suggested they’ve taken the character about as far as he can go. Also, unlike Jane Foster, what are Loki’s options in turns of cinematic downtime: as a moral, there are plenty of places in the MCU that Jane can be squirreled away off-screen, but for Thor’s would-be nemesis… He’s already been lost to the void once and they can’t just throw him back in jail.
If Loki is on his way out of the MCU, it will, of course, be a real shame. As his recent in-character appearance at Hall H proved, Hiddleston clearly loves his fans, not to mention that he’s the only recurring baddie the series has got. Even so, with Agent Coulson apparently having survived the events of The Avengers (“apparently”), it’s perhaps time that Whedon began taking an axe to the extended cast (as he has proven wont to do).
In any case, Thor: The Dark World is due out in the U.K. on October 30th and on November 8th in the U.S.A.