According to ComicBook.com on Sept. 2, a good amount of information has been released by Marvel Studios in regards to "Thor: The Dark World". Both cast and crew shed some light on the up and coming sequel as well as telling of their experiences when working on the project.
Alan Taylor, the director, expressed that he wanted a more grittier feel and content that the audience could relate to. He felt it would be best to ground this film towards a sense of reality and tie-in the story into Norse mythology.
"When I came in, I wanted to get more of a sense of the Norse mythology, the Viking quality, the texture, the history and the weight".
So it would appear all the props and costumes give credence to the viking era than science fiction in this film. Also, according Taylor, there will be more emphasis on the Asgardian city as oppose to just the palace as was shown in the last film. He also wanted to give the community a more lived in look and thus giving an image of having been around for ages.
According achieving accuracy of Norse mythology in regards to the nine realms, film location was imperative to achieve this goal. He also wanted to use expansive set locations where the filming would be done outdoors.
They had conducted detailed research in viewing the artwork in the "Thor" comic books as well as just looking up images on the internet and compiling data to achieve the success they were looking for to give the reality it deserves.
“We also looked at images on the Internet, whether architectural or whether it was atmospheric, anything we could find that we felt could have related to the film. We studied all sorts of different historical and modern architectural influences, whether it was Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, Chinese or Islamic architectural forms. We also studied light and atmosphere. We then went to the studio and met everyone and Alan Taylor and got their take on it and from that point we essentially started conceptualizing".
Even the actors had input in regards to their experience and opinions in participating in the project. Chris Hemsworth talks about his role as Thor as the character makes advancements in maturing from the previous film. Apparently, there are serious decision making processes that, as king, Thor has to consider what kind of responsibilities he would need to achieve as he takes on the burden of the throne.
“I love playing the character. The trick is each time to find new ways to make the character have some sort of advance or growth from the last one,” explains Hemsworth. “I think you’ve got to make sure the hero is a big catalyst to the resolution from the beginning, that he’s not just there to step in at the very end and save the day. He has to be proactive throughout. There’s a definite conflict within Thor about where his place was. Was it with Jane on Earth or was it in Asgard, and where does his allegiance lie? Also, he’s beginning to understand the darker sides of what it truly means to be king and the burden of the throne".
Natalie Portman expressed her desire to come back as a scientist in the film because these aren't roles that she usually plays.
“It’s really fun to get to come back and play her again. I think it’s rare to get the opportunity to play these female scientists in this kind of movie, so it’s nice to have a foil for the super hero!”
Anthony Hopkins, who plays Odin, Thor's father, expresses how he likes the first "Thor" film and how "real" he chooses to play the character and hopefully impresses the audience.
“I enjoyed the first one with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. I have scenes with Natalie Portman—she’s beautiful and lovely—and Kat Dennings and Chris. They’re terrific people to work with; very easy, gentle and relaxed people.” The actor confesses he doesn’t know too much about Marvel mythology, or Norse for that matter, but explains, “I just play him like a human being, with maybe a little more dimension. I grow a beard, look hopefully impressive and try and keep it as real as possible".
The cast even further talks about how it is advisable to wear clothes at the Stonehenge location considering the weather there can be a bit challenging as well as the new villain, Makelith, played by Christopher Eccleston, appreciates how his character displays a sense of humor. This also in turns shows the level of intelligence the villain has and thus, Eccleston explains how a hero would indeed need to be an accomplished warrior to achieve the goal in defeating him.