Chris Hemsworth in 2011. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)Link
Fran Kranz, left, Chris Hemsworth, center, and Anna Hutchison in a scene from 2012's "The Cabin in the Woods." (Divah Pera / Lionsgate)Link
Chris Hemsworth plays the title character in the 2011 Marvel film "Thor." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)Link
Thor (Chris Hemsworth, left) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) in the 2011 film "Thor." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)Link
Chris Hemsworth, left, and Cobie Smulders in "The Avengers." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel)Link
Robert Downey Jr., left, Joss Whedon, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans on the set of "The Avengers." (Marvel)Link
Clark Gregg, left, and Chris Hemsworth in "The Avengers." (Marvel)Link
Chris Hemsworth at the Hollywood premiere of "The Avengers." (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)Link
Chris Hemsworth, right, and his wife Elsa Pataky, left, arrive for the European premiere of "The Avengers." (Daniel Deme / European Pressphoto Agency)Link
Chris Hemsworth stars in "Snow White and the Huntsman." (Alex Bailey / Universal Pictures)Link
Chris Hemsworth, left, and Kristen Stewart in "Snow White and the Huntsman." (Alex Bailey / Universal Pictures)Link
Kristen Stewart, left, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron at the world premiere of "Snow White and the Huntsman" in London. (Stuart Wilson / Getty Images)Link
Chris Hemsworth on the set of "Rush" in London, England, earlier this year. (SAV/FilmMagic)Link
Chris Hemsworth earlier this year. (Matt Sayles / Associated Press)Link
Chris Hemsworth is back in his Asgardian armor in a new movie poster for “Thor: The Dark World.” The poster arrives ahead of the film’s first teaser trailer, which will be released Tuesday.
In the poster, Hemsworth’s Thor appears to be in a snowstorm, wielding his hammer Mjölnir to call down lightning.
“Thor: The Dark World” is the sequel to 2011’s “Thor,” which chronicled the demigod’s fall from grace, banishment to Earth and rise to redemption. The blockbuster also introduced villainous Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who faced off against Thor and the other Avengers, including Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow, in 2012’s “The Avengers.”
Loki and Thor reunite for “Thor: The Dark World,” along with returning cast members Natalie Portman (who plays scientist and love interest Jane Foster), Kat Dennings (Foster’s research assistant Darcy Lewis), Stellan Skarsgård (Eric Selvig, who survived the events of “The Avengers”), Idris Elba (Heimdall) and Jaimie Alexander (lady warrior and Thor’s childhood friend Sif). Also returning in the sequel are the Warriors Three: Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun and Zachary Levi replacing “Once Upon a Time” star Josh Dallas as Fandral. Among the newcomers with Levi are Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Christopher Eccleston, who plays the film’s villain, Malekith.
In the comics, Malekith is the ruler of the dark elves of Svartalfheim, one of the nine worlds of Asgard. The dark elves possess superhuman strength, stamina, speed and smarts. At one point in the comics, Malekith wields the Casket of Ancient Winters — a powerful weapon with the ability to summon primordial winter — which, as fans will remember, was wielded by Loki and much-coveted by the frost giants of Jotunheim in the first film. Malekith also strikes an alliance with Loki, but it remains to be seen how closely the film will adhere to the comics.
“The Dark World” is directed by “Game of Thrones” director Alan Taylor, who takes the reins from “Thor” director Kenneth Branagh. Last summer, Hemsworth told Hero Complex that he hoped Taylor would help bring some of the grittiness of “Game of Thrones” to “The Dark World.”
“What I loved is ['Game of Thrones'] had a sort of mythical element to it, yet it was grounded in a really organic reality,” Hemsworth said. “And that’s what I think would be nice about ‘Thor 2′ — if there were more sort of tangible environments to be involved in. The first “Thor” was sort of science fiction, and there were a lot of sets and things. It would be nice to kind of have Asgard as somewhat relatable and have big waterfalls and cliffs and mountains, and then have in the distance maybe several moons or suns or some sort of science-fiction element. But I think as an audience, it’s much easier to be drawn in if it’s something you feel a part of.”
Meanwhile, Hiddleston said he hoped a new film would spell redemption for Loki at long last.
“I hope so, I really hope so,” he said. “I hope you can see glimmers of it in ‘The Avengers.’ There’s a bit where we’re on the tower and Thor’s like, ‘Look around. You don’t have to do this.’ … Loki, I think, has been about as bad as he can be.”
What do you think of the new poster? Let us know in the comments.
– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark
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