Now in post-production phase, “Thor: The Dark World” has a release date set for November 8, 2013.
After fighting evil alongside “The Avengers,” Thor gathers his strength to save the universe from destruction once again. This time out, Thor has to fight an ancient race of dark elves. Malekith, the leader of the nasty little elves has threatened to zap the universe back into complete darkness.
Besides Malekith, there are other enemies of Thor. Algrim/Kruse will be played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaie and Loki will be played by Tom Hiddleston, in a small role.
Stan Lee is one of the original writers of the Marvel comic book series. He will be playing a small role in the film. Watch for the bus driver!
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Jaimie Alexander as Sif
Zachary Levi as Fandral
Idris Elba as Heimdall
Ray Stevenson as Volstagg
Stellan Skarsgard as Dr. Erik Selvig
Christopher Eccleston as Malekith
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algrim/Kurse
Rene Russo as Frigga
Stan Lee as the bus driver
Writers behind the scenes:
Stan Lee as writer of the comic book
Larry Lieber as writer of the comic book
Jack Kirby as writer of the comic book
Christopher Yost, screenplay writer
Christopher Markus, screenplay writer
Stephen McFeely, screenplay writer
Production companies include Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will distribute the film.
Special effects are brought to us by 4Dmax, Gentle Giant Studios (body scanning) and The Third Floor.
Josh Dallas was to reprise his role as Fandral, however his contract with his television series, “Once Upon a Time” has kept him from doing so. Zachary Levi replaced Dallas in the role.
Mads Mikkelsen was first in line for the role of Malekith the Accursed but a previous engagement would have created a conflict in scheduling, so he chose not to take the part.
In 2011, Patty Jenkins was given the title of director for the “Thor: The Dark World” film. However, in December 2011, she gave up the project. She stated there were “creative differences.”
In the Marvel comic book story, the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, mainly by Malekith the Accursed, held the casket of Ancient Winters. In “Thor,” the Frost Giants of Jotunheim held the casket. In the movie, “Thor: The Dark World,” Loki holds the casket. He asks Odin if he is accursed in a special homage to Malekith.
Noted on several reports, Natalie Portman was upset over communications between Marvel and Patty Jenkins being broke down. She refused to return for the sequel, “Thor: The Dark World,” but was forced to play her role as she was still under contract.