‘Thor: The Dark World’ trailer: Marvel meets ‘Game of Thrones’

April 23, 2013 | 11:43 a.m.

Chris Hemsworth, right, on the set of "Thor: The Dark World" in London on Nov. 16, 2012. (Simon James / FilmMagic)

Chris Hemsworth, right, and Jaimie Alexander on the set of "Thor: The Dark World" in London on Nov. 16, 2012. (Alex Moss / FilmMagic)

Chris Hemsworth, right, and Jaimie Alexander on the set of "Thor: The Dark World" in London on Nov. 16, 2012. (Alex Moss / FilmMagic)

Chris Hemsworth, left, and Chris Evans in "The Avengers." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel)

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

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in the 2011 film "Thor." (Marvel Entertainment)

Chris Hemsworth, left, director Kenneth Branagh and Anthony Hopkins on the set of "Thor." (Marvel Entertainment)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) in a scene from 2011's "Thor." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

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

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

Loki (Tom Hiddleston), left, and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in the 2011 Marvel film "Thor." (Marvel Studios)

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

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

Chris Hemsworth as Thor, left, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin in the 2011 Marvel film "Thor." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

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

The first teaser trailer for “Thor: The Dark World” reveals a darker take on Marvel’s hammer-wielding demigod, an Asgard at war with other worlds and Chris Hemsworth’s superhero so desperate that he teams up with the one person he knows he can’t trust.

That’s right — Thor and Loki will be fighting on the same side in “Thor: The Dark World,” the sequel to 2011′s “Thor,” which introduced Thor (Hemsworth) and his villainous adopted brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston.

“You must be truly desperate to come to me for help,” an imprisoned Loki tells Thor in the teaser, released Tuesday.

“You should know that when you betray me, I will kill you,” Thor says.

Loki’s coy response: “When do we start?”

The teaser trailer runs just under two minutes (watch it below) and provides a glimpse of the evil Thor will be up against — the dark elf Malekith, portrayed by Christopher Eccleston, and Algrim (also known as Kurse), played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

In the comics, Malekith is the ruler of the dark elves of Svartalfheim, one of the nine worlds of Asgard. Dark elf Algrim the Strong serves Malekith until his master betrays him and a series of a events cause him to become Kurse, a powerful being whose only impulse is to destroy Thor. 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 in the first film. In the comics, Malekith also strikes an alliance with Loki, but it remains to be seen how closely the film will adhere to the comics.

The teaser trailer also shows the reunion between Thor and his ladylove, scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).

“I gave you my word that I would return,” Thor says in the trailer. Then he rainbow-whisks Jane away to another world — presumably Asgard.

Evident throughout the trailer is director Alan Taylor’s influence; the “Game of Thrones” director’s hand can be seen in the battle sequences, and Asgard — a bright and shiny kingdom under “Thor” director Kenneth Branagh — seems grittier in the sequel. It’s a tonal shift that the film’s star was hoping for.

“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 told Hero Complex last summer. “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.”

Other returning cast members include Kat Dennings (Jane’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.

“Thor: The Dark World” is due in theaters Nov. 8. Click through the gallery above for a look at Thor on set and on the big screen.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark

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3 Responses to ‘Thor: The Dark World’ trailer: Marvel meets ‘Game of Thrones’

  1. John W. says:

    I said something on an earlier Thor-related post about how bored I was with the never-ending onslaught of super hero sequels. After watching this trailer, I apologize.

  2. Herson says:

    Thor is not a demigod. He's a god. His father is Odin and his mother is Gaia.

  3. CLandriault says:

    Thank-you for giving us the chance to feel your remarkable Movie.

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