Thor: The Dark World plot revealed
Marvel Studios has finally published the long-form synopsis for its upcoming super hero sequel.
We already knew that Thor: The Dark World will be mostly based on the Marvel graphic novel of the same name, in which Thor must go underground to fight the dark elves of Svartalfheim and their leader, Malekith the Accursed after they steal the Casket of Ancient Winters.
Now, however we have the clarity of an official synopsis:
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’sThor and Marvel’sThe Avengers, Thor fights to restore 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.
Although the official summary doesn't mention the Casket of Ancient Winters, I'm assuming it is still the method by which the Dark Elves attempt to "plunge the universe back into darkness." However, what is really meant by Thor must "sacrifice everything" remains unclear and a bit foreboding. We already know that Thor won't be killed, since Chris Hemsworth is signed up to play the role in the 2014 Avengers film, which will take place after Thor: The Dark World.
What could it mean then? Will he have to give up ever returning to Asgard? Unlikely, methinks. Will Thor be losing his girlfriend, Jane Foster somehow? This actually seems pretty plauable, but only because we know that Natalie Portman doesn't really want to do any more super hero films, and feels sort of tricked into doing this on in the first place.
If you recall, the director originally lined up to helm this film was Patty Jenkins, a friend of Portman, who convinced her to sign onto the film, despite a clear desire not to be in the sequel. The studio later decided Jenkins was too green to direct such an important film, and replaced her with Alan Taylor. Afterward, Portman asked to back out of the contract because she had really only signed on in order to work with her friend. Marvel Studios declined to let her out of the agreement, and one can imagine that she would be resentful of that.
Thus, I would not be surprised at all if the filmmakers take the opportunity to do something dramatic and sacrificial with the character, knowing that there is no way the actress would be back for a third film after all this
Whatever happens, I'm sure we can expect lots of great visuals, and several well-choreographed, hammer bashing, lightning throwing fight scenes. None of the Marvel Film Universe films have disappointed so far, and I'm not sure why they would start now.
Thor: The Dark World hits theaters November 8th, 2013, and will be a part of the sequence of films that Marvel Studios is calling Avengers Phase Two, which also includes Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers 2.