Thor: The Dark World is an upcoming American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
When Jane Foster is targeted by the denizens of the dark world of Svartalfheim, Thor sets out on a quest to protect her at all costs.
- Josh Dallas was supposed to return as Fandral but commitment with his TV show Once Upon a Time prevented him from returning. He was replaced with Zachary Levi, who was the original choice for the role.
- Mads Mikkelsen was considered for the role of Malekith, but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with Hannibal. Christopher Eccleston was cast instead.
- In late 2011, Patty Jenkins was officially announced as director for this film. In December 2011, she backed out of the project due to “creative differences”. Natalie Portman was reportedly so upset that talks between Marvel and Patty Jenkins broke down that she refused to return for the sequel but she was forced to return due to her contract.
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje described Kurse as “an amalgamation of a bull and a lava-like creature.” For his role as Kurse, he underwent a daily three hours of make-up and 40-pound prosthetics: “I’m sure there will be a certain amount of CGI, but a good 80% was me in that suit.”
- Kat Dennings will reprise her role as Darcy Lewis. Deadline.com reported that Denning’s role was expanded from that of a comic relief sidekick.
- At the end of September, Jaimie Alexander was injured on the London film set: “It was raining, it was dark outside, it was like 5 in the morning – and I went down a metal staircase and slipped and slipped a disc in my thoracic spine and chipped 11 of my vertebrae. I knocked my left shoulder out of place and tore my rhomboid on my right side… It took me out of filming for a month!”
- The film was shot in England under the title “Thursday Mourning”. In Norse mythology, Thursday was named after Thor (“Thursday” – Thor’s Day).
- In the comics, Malekith is scarred on the right side of his face; in this film it’s on the left side.
- Carter Burwell was to write the score but left the film over creative differences and was replaced by Iron Man 3 composer Brian Tyler.
- Tom Hiddleston describes Loki as a “firework” in this film: “Well, where next? What’s he going to do? What level of remorse does he have? If he does have any remorse or regret, why? Who does he feel guilty in front of, and who does he laugh in the face of? What’s his motivation? If he stands to win, what does he stand to win? As a character you’ve got all these new motivations, but as an actor I am absolved from playing hero or villain – I’m just the live wire. And that was more fun than I can possibly tell you.”
- Alan Taylor was so impressed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s performance as Kurse, he made Adewale do all his stunts because the stuntmen did not move the same way as he did.
- The stone creature Thor fights is a Kronan, an alien being that appeared in Thor’s first comic, “Journey Into Mystery” #83.
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