Nov. 11, 2013 | 6:26 p.m.
Tom Hiddleston had just spent six weeks living inside the melancholy mind-set of a vampire for a new Jim Jarmusch film when he turned up for the first day of shooting on “Thor: The Dark World.” Ready to reprise his role as the treacherous god Loki for the Marvel superhero sequel, which thundered to an $86.1-million opening this weekend, Hiddleston stood inside a prison cell set wearing the character’s green and gold costume and his trademark ebony locks. From behind a plexiglass wall, he glowered and dissembled for director Alan Taylor, but something was amiss. “I did the first take, and Alan was like, ‘Really nice. Wow … I think you can smile if you want to,’” Hiddleston recalled during a recent interview. “I was like, ‘Oh yes! Loki is a showman and he smiles all the time because he’s […]
Nov. 06, 2013 | 8:56 a.m.
Marvel returns to Asgard with Friday’s “Thor: The Dark World,” the sequel that sees Chris Hemsworth’s god of thunder form an uneasy alliance with his mischievous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to thwart a scheme by the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), who intends to plunge the Nine Realms into darkness. The film already has become an outsized hit overseas, but late last year, when the movie was still in production, Hero Complex visited the set and caught up with Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige. The architect of the company’s big-screen strategy was seated close to the action at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, watching as director Alan Taylor guided Hemsworth through scenes that would eventually become part of the movie’s epic final battle. As a chilly wind blew across the Thames, Feige chatted about a range of subjects […]
Nov. 05, 2013 | 2:32 p.m.
“Thor: The Dark World” had its Hollywood premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday night, and stars including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and Kat Dennings walked the red carpet to talk up the Marvel sequel, arriving in theaters Friday. Directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”), “Thor: The Dark World” sees the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) attempt to use a weapon called the Aether to plunge the Nine Realms of the universe into darkness. Only by uniting with his devious brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) can Hemsworth’s brawny Thor hope to stop Malekith and rescue his lady love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who stumbles onto the Aether and is inadvertently drawn into the villain’s schemes. In an interview with Hero Complex on the London set of the film last year, Eccleston, the accomplished British thespian known to […]
Nov. 01, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
LONDON — A bone-chilling wind and a fine sheet of mist cascaded off the River Thames, but it wasn’t the bitter blasts of air that sent Chris Hemsworth tumbling to the ground. Late on a November afternoon, the brawny Australian actor threw himself down onto the courtyard of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich over and over, filming scenes for what would eventually become the epic final battle in Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.” The film, due out Nov. 8, sees the God of Thunder facing off against a nemesis called Malekith, part of a race known as the Dark Elves, but actor Christopher Eccleston already had called it quits for the day. That left Thor, dressed in full armor, long red cape billowing out majestically behind him, to press on alone, with Hemsworth gamely absorbing imaginary blows for […]
Oct. 31, 2013 | 4:14 p.m.
The theatrical opening of “Thor: The Dark World” is only a week away, but for Marvel fans who can’t stand the wait, here’s a sneak peek. Hero Complex has compiled 75 images of Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman and more in scenes from the film for your viewing pleasure. The movie stills also offer a glimpse of Asgard, the otherworldly home of Thor (Hemsworth), Loki (Hiddleston) and ruler Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Asgard, of course, was featured in the first film, 2011′s Kenneth Branagh-directed “Thor,” but is greatly expanded in the sequel. The images also reveal Svartalfheim, home to the Dark Elves, including the villainous Malekith, portrayed in the film by Christopher Eccleston, and Algrim, a.k.a. Kurse, played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. The film is directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”) and, in addition to Hemsworth, Hiddleston, Hopkins, Eccleston and […]
Oct. 23, 2013 | 11:57 a.m.
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 […]
Oct. 17, 2013 | 1:32 p.m.
Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is reunited with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) in one of three new clips Marvel released from “Thor: The Dark World,” the new superhero sequel due in theaters Nov. 8. The other snippets from the movie, directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”) offer a closer look at Christopher Eccleston’s villain, the Dark Elf Malekith, and a brief chance to see Jaimie Alexander’s warrior Sif in action — that is until Thor turns up on the battlefield. The new film promises a slightly grittier take on the adventures of the god of Thunder, who, in the course of the story, is forced to form an uneasy alliance with his treacherous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in order to defeat Malekith’s plot to plunge the universe into darkness. On the set of the film last year, Marvel movie chief Kevin […]
Oct. 09, 2013 | 11:22 a.m.
Thor, Loki and their Asgardian pals are getting the Lego treatment in a new parody of the “Thor: The Dark World” movie poster. The poster, released Wednesday, features Lego versions of the stars of the upcoming Marvel film in a promotion for the “Lego Marvel Super Heroes” video game, due out Oct. 22. The game — for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, PC and later for next-gen consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — will allow players to control more than 100 characters from the Marvel universe, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and more. “We wanted to touch every corner of the Marvel universe that was possible,” Marvel Entertainment’s interactive manager, Chris Baker, told Hero Complex. “You can’t make an infinitely long game, but you can make a long […]
Oct. 08, 2013 | 11:33 a.m.
“Thor: The Dark World” doesn’t open in theaters until Nov. 8, but a new clip from the upcoming Marvel sequel reveals more of the tense interplay between Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki that’s set to feature prominently in the movie. The adversarial brothers form an uneasy alliance in the film, directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”), in order to eradicate the threat posed by the dark elf Malekith, portrayed by Christopher Eccleston, and Algrim (also known as Kurse), played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. In the scene below, Thor approaches Loki, who’s been imprisoned as punishment for his world-conquering schemes in “The Avengers,” with a chance to escape his cell and seek revenge, though he warns his trickster sibling to remain on his best behavior, or else. In addition to Hemsworth and Hiddleston, “Thor: The Dark World” sees Natalie […]
Sept. 26, 2013 | 12:07 p.m.
Natalie Portman’s character is front and center in a new TV spot for “Thor: The Dark World.” Portman’s character, astrophysicist Jane Foster, takes Chris Hemsworth’s Thor to task for not contacting her during his previous Earth visit — defending New York from an alien attack during the events of 2012′s “The Avengers.” “I saw you with the Avengers!” she tells him, accusingly. “Jane, I fought to protect Earth,” Thor responds. “Is that your excuse?” Jane demands. “It’s not terrible…” Jane also comes face-to-face, or rather fist-to-face, with Tom Hiddleston’s duplicitous villain Loki in Asgard. She punches him, saying, “That was for New York.” Loki grins and tells his brother, “I like her.” Like previous trailers, the one-minute TV spot (watch it above) emphasizes an uneasy alliance between Thor and Loki and promises epic action, both on Earth and in other […]