Thor: The Dark World - Final Preview

Posted by The Daily Zombies Saturday, November 9, 2013

It's Hammer Time once more as Marvel's God of Thunder returns in his third cinematic outing in Thor: The Dark World. As the unstoppable Phase Two of Marvel Studios rages on, The Daily Zombies take a final look at the sequel directed by television veteran Alan Taylor. 

Being proud Marvel Zombies ourselves way before comic-dom's very own economic bubble burst before the turn of the century, there is no doubt that we are extremely thrilled when Marvel Studios boldly moves on with their Phase One of the eventually mega-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. To think that back in April 2011, we were intrigued to see if Thor would be the first to test the purported theory of superhero films fatigue or will an actual live-action adaptation of a Norse God work in this pragmatic world where realism (or heightened realism) is injected into the modern day fantasy of superhero story. As we all know, the result is history and Marvel Studios never ever look back with the box office-stomping franchise now healthily in its second phase to launch us into the incredibly awesome year in cinema, 2015, with Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

But before we get there, Alan Taylor' sequel to Kenneth Branagh's relatively well-received first film on the Marvel Comic character based on Norse mythology is yet again another experiment in itself, much like Iron Man 3. By boldly taking on otherwise small-time film-maker (in the case of Iron Man 3,  Shane Black is considerably "small-time" given his lack of experiences in making bona fide blockbuster films), there is no doubt that Marvel Studios' unwavering trust in the capability of Alan Taylor to fill in the big shoes of Kenneth Branagh is a big risk in and of itself. Nevertheless, it should be noted that Taylor himself is in fact a veteran director of notable television series as diverse as Sex and the City, The Sopranos, The West Wing, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Lost, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, and most recently, Game of Thrones. With that last project, we rest our case that at the very least, we should be able to count on Taylor to deliver one kick-ass medieval-style battle set in any one of the Nine Realms but Earth.

By now, it is pretty much a given that any Marvel Studios film is going to open big but we have even higher hopes of Thor: The Dark World. After all, dishing out a superteam assembling every solo superheroes is an ingenious yet insane move and the only way to justify it is to make every solo films themselves look special in their very own way. In summary, a good superhero film doesn't make the cut now. With the mythology deeply set and audiences invested their emotions in relationships with the characters (one more so than the others. Tom Hiddleton's Loki), it is only right that we expect a great superhero film that only Marvel Studios can provide.

Hit the jump to check out the official trailer of the film, followed by the posters and set images.

Psoters released for the film.

The first poster for the film.

And here are some of the official images from the film.

Here’s the synopsis for the film:

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restaore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor: The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book Journey into Mystery“ #83 in August, 1962.

Thor: The Dark World is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.


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