‘Thor: The Dark World’: Chris Hemsworth wields hammer in new poster

April 19, 2013 | 12:16 p.m.

Fran Kranz, left, Chris Hemsworth, center, and Anna Hutchison in a scene from 2012's "The Cabin in the Woods." (Divah Pera / Lionsgate)

Chris Hemsworth plays the title character in the 2011 Marvel film "Thor." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

Thor (Chris Hemsworth, left) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) in the 2011 film "Thor." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

Robert Downey Jr., left, Joss Whedon, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans on the set of "The Avengers." (Marvel)

Chris Hemsworth at the Hollywood premiere of "The Avengers." (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)

Chris Hemsworth, right, and his wife Elsa Pataky, left, arrive for the European premiere of "The Avengers." (Daniel Deme / European Pressphoto Agency)

Chris Hemsworth, left, and Kristen Stewart in "Snow White and the Huntsman." (Alex Bailey / Universal Pictures)

Kristen Stewart, left, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron at the world premiere of "Snow White and the Huntsman" in London. (Stuart Wilson / Getty Images)

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.”

'Thor: The Dark World' posterLoki 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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5 Responses to ‘Thor: The Dark World’: Chris Hemsworth wields hammer in new poster

  1. twogirlsenteronecakeleaves says:

    I love it! Can't wait to see it–and I'm hoping for some redemption for Loki :)

  2. John W. says:

    Thank goodness! Another super hero sequel. There just aren't enough of them. A new one from Marvel every other month just isn't enough.

    I wonder if there is a running bet between the stars of each franchise to see who can get the highest Roman numeral tagged at the end of each title.

    • dopper0189 says:

      I guess all movies based off of novels are the same because they all came from "books"? Yeah that is about as idiotic as your statement. The fact these movies all involve superheroes with origins in comics really isn't relevant you either love them or hate them based on how good they are.

  3. Lila says:

    Hemsworth+ Hammer= HOT!

  4. shannon says:

    love Thor, dislike Natalie Portman.

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