Check out this cool featurette that shows some new scenes from Thor: The Dark World, including insights from actors Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, as well as director Alan Taylor.
Tom Hiddleston on Christopher Eccleston
Christopher Eccleston is one of Britain’s greatest actors, he brings a degree of commitment, intelligence, conviction and complexity to everything he does. I think he really got his teeth into this thing [playing Malekith]. It’s hard to say anything without giving away too much. Christopher has enormous presence, which is very distinguishable on stage as well as film. It’s one of those things you can’t really define, you just can’t stop watching him when he’s on screen. I think he’ll be absolutely magnetic [in the movie]. Malekith has his own ambition. Whether or not Loki can coincide with or contradict, subvert or enhance that ambition remains to be seen.
Chris O’Dowd To Appear in Movie
Comedic actor Chris O’Dowd apparently filmed a scene with Natalie Portman for the movie:
I think I’ll do more dramatic stuff and I think I have some stuff coming out that’s a bit more dramatic. I don’t know if I’d do an action movie because I don’t know if I could keep a straight face honestly, I just think it’s so silly. Like I love watching them but I can’t imagine me doing one. Actually, you know what I’ve done, just for fun because I didn’t think there was any way that I could be in a superhero movie, so I’ve done a scene in the new “Thor” movie, just for that. I just do like one scene, which was fun.
It seems that Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), and the Dark Elves aren’t the only baddies that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his team of warriors will be facing, according to Marvel Studios executive producer Craig Kyle. Here’s what has been revealed about the timeline of this movie, Malekith and the Dark Elves, and another group – The Marauders.
According to the report, Thor: The Dark World will pick-up one year after The Avengers – and two years after the first Thor movie. At the sequel’s start, Thor – “now a full-time general” – and his forces are over-extended at war in The Nine Realms as a group of “rag-tag invaders known as The Marauders” thins and weakens the Asgardian army. Responding to the Marauder threat leaves Asgard vulnerable - allowing Malekith and the Dark Elves to mount a more effective assault on Thor’s home realm. Whether or not The Marauders are acting on their own orders or are manipulated by Malekith, Loki, Thanos, or some other unseen enemy isn’t known at this time. Though, it’s easy to imagine The Dark Elves using The Marauders as pawns in their larger plans to destroy Asgard.
Readers who have been following our coverage of Thor: The Dark World will remember we had speculated that Malekith might team with Surtur and the fire giants of Muspelheim in the attack on Asgard. Marvel has promised that there are plenty of Thor 2 surprises yet to be spoiled (along with a few that have been spoiled) but it’s looking more likely that, instead of a realm-specific army, The Marauders are a mix of viking-like humans as well as isolated members of other beastly races – some possibly from Hel (the Norse Underworld) and Vanaheim.
Here’s what Kyle had to say about Thor’s storyline:
“Expectations are high. By bringing director Alan Taylor into the mix, with his expertise on The Sopranos, Mad Men and Game Of Thrones, we came up with a take that allows us to get more into the nooks and crannies of Asgard and its people. We spend more time on the ground with the commoners, as opposed to in the palace. It’s a very complicated blend [of genres: high science fiction, gritty fantasy, and realism]. Thor is, until Guardians of the Galaxy hits, by far our most wild, fringe Marvel piece. But that’s why it’s the Marvel Universe and not Marvel Earth!”
Boy, Thor sure does have a lot on his place, including trying to find the time for his human girlfriend, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).
Christopher Eccleston, who’ll be playing Malekith the Accursed in ‘Thor: The Dark World’, spoke a little bit about his character in the movie during an interview with Total Film.
WARNING: Minor Spoiler below -
Eccleston describes Malekith as a “bad guy with no redeeming qualities.” He goes on to reveal that Malekith “plans to take over the universe-egged on by [Tom] Hiddleston‘s mischievous Loki.” He adds that good scripts are his main deciding point when choosing a role, which speaks highly of [Alan] Taylor‘s script. The interview not only brings up some great points, but also raises an equal amount of questions.
ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) released for us a treat on the effects they did for The Avengers, which includes the transformation of Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) into the Hulk, the Hulk’s facial expressions, the final battle scene, as well as the delightful beatdown of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) by the “green, rage monster.”
We are proud to present this video which showcases some of ILM’s Oscar nominated effects work for the 2012 hit film, Marvel’s The Avengers. This reel represents a small fraction of the work created by over 200 ILM artists, scientists, and engineers backed up by a world class production team.
The stop motion animations which open and close the reel were done the old fashioned way – by hand, one frame at a time. They were crafted by ILM’s stop motion guru, Erik Dillinger specifically for this reel.
I did like the stop motion animation as well. Adds a nice personal touch to the video.
Tom Hiddleston spoke about Loki’s chances of returning for the Avengers sequel, and this is what he had to say:
“I don’t know, and that really is the honest answer. I know I’ve been known for obfuscation in other quarters, but I have no idea.
“I haven’t spoken to Joss. He’s definitely doing it. So I suspect not, only because I think that probably the audiences are tired of Loki being the bad guy. Maybe the Avengers need somebody else to fight.
“But I’d love to be part of it again.”
I know many a fangirl that would love for him to be part of it as well. However, it’s true. I think in order to step up the success of the movie, you’d have to bring up a different foe, a darker foe (Thanos being a strong, strong possibility). That’s not saying that Loki can’t be in it, though. Maybe he can return, realizing the wrongs he made in siding with someone so dangerous and now agrees to help the Avengers, but only to take back what he’s lost. A villain still, but one who waits for the right time to strike back. Or something like that.
Of course there’s more to be said about Joss Whedon and The Avengers, what his plans were, what they will be, and even a mention of ‘Serenity’ and ‘Buffy, the Vampire Slayer’:
- Upon taking on The Avengers, Marvel laid out certain requirements ahead of time: the heroic characters, Loki as the villain, the helicarrier attack and the epic battle scene at the end. His job was to get the picture from point to point along the way and “try to make it matter.”
- The script of The Avengers took two years from draft to screen. (By comparison, he drafted The Cabin in the Woods in three days with Drew Goddard.)
- Whedon wrote a 15-page final battle arc that incorporated a prologue and five acts.
- Whedon talked about an early draft being too heavy in “dry wit,” and later realized the fact that Hawkeye’s character would need to be compromised and that Agent Coulson would have a man-crush on Captain America.
- Whedon addressed the darker moments of The Avengers, saying that Agent Coulson’s death was mandated early on by Marvel’s Kevin Feige and was encouraged by actor Clark Gregg as well. Bruce Banner’s confession of his suicide attempt was taken from a Hulk comic with artwork done by Richard Corben in which one issue had Banner committing suicide via a self-inflicted gun shot and the next issue’s splash page had the Hulk spitting the bullet out.
- On his most difficult scenes to write and direct in The Avengers, Whedon said that the big action scene was tough due to the smoke from the explosions as well as the various characters interjecting dialogue throughout the sequence. He also commented that any time all of the actors were together on screen (.ie. the scepter scene), it was like being a kindergarten teacher trying to keep control of his students.
- Whedon confessed that his favorite scene was the one between Loki and Natasha/Black Widow.
- Whedon’s early draft heavily featured The Avengers comicbook character, Wasp. He wrote what he called a “very Waspy” draft and began to get carried away by writing much too much about her, saying, “She’s adorable! I’m just going to write her!”
- He also fought hard for a second villain, but declined to say who that villain happened to be. Though the studio rejected this request, the villain may appear in a future film. Whedon commented that Tom Hiddleston was fantastic as Loki, but he had in mind a villain that his heroes could wail on.
- As for what was cut from The Avengers, Whedon said that Iron Man’s introductory sequence was unfortunately cut and “a ton” of Captain America was cut as well. The Cap scenes appear in the DVD/Blu-ray extras under the “Man Out of Time” heading.
Joss was apparently also asked about his previous projects and other such things.
- Apparently there was talk of developing an animated version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Whedon and his creative team couldn’t get anyone to buy the project, citing the need for a male character as a lead. Whedon called the project his “Simpsons version of Buffy,” of which the writing team wrote seven scripts.
- Whedon’s first draft of Serenity was 190 pages long. He reached 160 pages on The Avengers before admitting he needed some help on the revisions.
- Whedon talked about his writing process, which involves a lot of time spent in restaurants because they’re free of distractions and always has his earbuds and movie soundtrack music with him.
- Whedon also showed his contempt for movies and TV shows that don’t give the viewers a complete arc and choose to end on unsatisfying cliffhangers, citing Jumper and Lost respectively.
I will have to agree with Joss about that last issue. I can understand the director or writer wanting to do something different or leave something open to interpretation for the viewer, but sometimes it’s just not fair to assume the viewer would always want that. Overall, we tend to want closure when it comes to watching entertainment television or movies. We want to see what happens to the characters we’ve invested our time in, and so yes, I’d rather have an actual conclusion to a series or a movie (trilogy or saga if it needs be) instead of discussing with others what they thought happened. In the end, it just leaves the viewer usually feeling unsatisfied no matter what we’ve interpreted the ending for the characters to be.
Okay, enough with the soapbox talk. With that said, Joss did possibly hint about what we can expect from The Avengers sequel in this statement:
“I still believe that even though The Empire Strikes Back is better in innumerable ways than Star Wars, Star Wars wins because you can’t end a movie with Han frozen in Carbonite. That’s not a movie, it’s an episode.”
So, are we to expect such an ending for The Avengers 2? Will Wasp have a role in the sequel? We’ll probably just have to wait and see come 2015.
Read the full article on Collider.
E!Online spoke to actor Zachary Levi about taking over the role of Fandral in the Thor sequel (the role was originally played by Josh Dallas who could not return due to his commitment to the TV series “Once Upon A Time”), and here’s what he had to say:
People always ask me now if blonds have more fun. No, it’s really cool. Josh Dallas played the role I’m playing, Fandral the Dashing, in the first film. I was a little trepidatious about stepping into that because someone had already done it. But everyone’s embraced me wholeheartedly and been very cool. We shoot in London. I’ve spent more time there in the last five months than anywhere else. It’s been an incredible adventure.
He was also asked if he was going to be shirtless in the movie, to which he alluded not to him, but to his fellow co-stars:
I can neither confirm nor deny these allegations, but I can say there will not be any lack of eye candy. Aside from me! I’m not even talking about me. I’m talking about Chris [Hemsworth] and Tom [Hiddleston] and everybody else. You’ll be pleasantly surprised and happy.
Well, considering all the Chris and Tom fans out there, Zach might’ve just upped the amount of sales with that statement alone. Let’s not forget the fact that Zach himself is to add to the eye candy, shirtless or not. Well, it will be interesting seeing him as blond to say the least.
In case you actually need the warning (because the title wasn’t a big enough hint for you), there are some *spoilers* in the description. You have been warned!
In the preview, a voice-over is heard with the oath of the God of Thunder as the new supreme ruler. We see a clash between Thor and the enemy army, in a world that is neither Asgard let alone the Earth. We see Chris Hemsworth wielding his hammer and Tom Hiddleston as Loki first wounded without a helmet, with long, loose hair and then imprisoned; his anger increasingly desperate and irrational. Then there’s a scene later in which he is free again, but still furious.
Against the backdrop of a forest, in the middle of a clearing, among the dust, we in fact face off anthropomorphic creatures, but also a big “gorilla” krosan tusker: a rather alien fauna varies so, although not extreme in size (there are also some envoys/ambassadors of a people mysterious, with oval face and black eyes, elongated and sunken)
The rest of the images show glimpses of Asgard, with Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Natalie Portman in clothes that seem more like a princess; an Asgardian princess. In between, there are images of an epic battle on horseback, who seems to have left an epic cloak-and-dagger. The threat to the Asgardians is certainly a new alien race pale (now identified as the dark elves).
A black spaceship shaped irregularly looks like a serious threat to Asgard. More sequences show Natalie Portman then alongside Thor lying on the ground, probably overwhelmed in a clash.