‘Thor: The Dark World’: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston shine at premiere

Oct. 23, 2013 | 11:57 a.m.

"Thor: The Dark World" stars Chris Hemsworth, left, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston attend the film's global premiere Tuesday at the Odeon Leicester Square in London. (Disney)

Actors Chris Hemsworth (Thor), left, and Tom Hiddleston (Loki) attend the "Thor: The Dark World" global premiere Tuesday in London. (Disney)

Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman enjoy the "Thor: The Dark World" premiere festivities. It's a more pleasant relationship than their characters have: In a trailer for the film, Portman's Jane Foster angrily hits Hiddleston's Loki. (Disney)

Tom Hiddleston, who has played the mischievous god Loki in "Thor," "The Avengers" and now "Thor: The Dark World," signs autographs for fans at the Tuesday premiere in London. (Disney)

Tom Hiddleston poses with "Looki Loki" competition winners at the "Thor: The Dark World" premiere Tuesday in London. (Disney)

Kevin Feige, left, Louis D'Esposito, Alan Taylor, Jonathan Howard, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth take the stage. (Disney)

Stellan Skarsgard, who plays Dr. Erik Selvig in the film, attends the "Thor: The Dark World" premiere Tuesday in London. (Disney)

Actors Chris Hemsworth, left, and Tom Hiddleston play at fighting. They portray often quarreling brothers in "Thor: The Dark World." (Disney)

Craig Kyle, left, Louis D'Esposito, Kevin Feige, Alan Taylor, Chris Hemsworth, Jonathan Howard, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje at the premiere. (Disney)

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, left, Chris Hemsworth, Jonathan Howard, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston, Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba at the premiere. (Disney)

Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman arrived in grand style Tuesday to celebrate the world premiere of Marvel’s newest superhero sequel, “Thor: The Dark World.”

The film, directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”), arrives in U.S. theaters Nov. 8, but is set to open a week earlier in the U.K. The cast was all smiles as they walked the red carpet.

The movie sees Hemsworth’s brawny superhero form an uneasy alliance with his untrustworthy brother Loki (Hiddleston) in order to save the Nine Realms from a devious plan hatched by the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) that poses great danger to the universe, and especially to Thor’s lady love, Jane Foster (Portman).

On the set of the film last year, Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige said the new film took a more practical approach with the fight scenes and the locations — “Thor: The Dark World” traveled to Iceland and shot across England, hoping to lend authenticity to the sci-fi-inflected adventure.

“When you have Hemsworth looking astounding but being in a big red cape and a big outfit and Eccleston in this very extreme makeup and spectacular costume design but in these real environments, suddenly they seem more real, the entire fantasy that we’re asking the audience to buy into feels more real,” Feige said.

Early reviews of the film have praised it as entertaining, with Variety’s Justin Chang describing “The Dark World” as a “robust, impersonal visual-effects showpiece [that] proves buoyant and unpretentious enough to offset its stew of otherwise derivative fantasy/action elements.”

Writing in The Hollywood Reporter, Leslie Felperin offered a lukewarm assessment, saying, “Amiable hunk Chris Hemsworth may play the title character in this subset of Marvel’s meta-’Avengers franchise, but this well-intentioned ‘witless oaf,’ as his evil foster brother describes him at one point, is practically a guest at his own party here, as scads of new characters and millions of dollars’ worth of CGI crowd the screen. Most of it pales into insignificance when Loki takes the stage, which isn’t often enough given how wildly uneven the sections without him are.”

Click through the gallery above to see photos from the movie’s London premiere.

– Gina McIntyre| @LATHeroComplex


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2 Responses to ‘Thor: The Dark World’: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston shine at premiere

  1. rory says:

    Burdened with Glorious Purpose… ahhh Loki!!!!

  2. Antoinette says:

    Loved it. Hoping for a Thor 3 next year. The scenery were amazing and more intact with the story or ,should I say, the place one would believe the gods to be. Thank you for a great movie

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