First Trailer for THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Thor was always the one Marvel character I was concerned with prior to the release of his first solo film. I enjoy Kenneth Branagh and his work, but the trailers for the first film were somewhat nerve-inducing as it looked as if it could teeter on the edge of cheesy and fall in very easily. Thankfully, it turned out to be a rather solid film and one that, while underwhelming in some aspects, delivered on what it needed to do. Director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) has taken over for this sequel though and its clear that darker tone of his former work has seeped into the realm of Asgard. I was happy to hear that this next step in the Thor story would take place more in space and while the trailer doesn't give much of an indication as to how much that will be it certainly lets us in on the aspects of the story that deal with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and a possible love triangle between her, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Sif (Jamie Alexander). With barely a glimpse of main antagonist Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) where he provides a possible way for Portman to Channing Tatum her way out of this sequel via G.I. Joe. I hope this isn't the case as I'd like for there to be more than just Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts as the lone better half of The Avengers. Still, there are several other shots of Portman on Asgard that could come at any point in the film though it feels like this trailer is completely taken from the first twenty or so minutes of the movie given a few action scenes. In mentioning the action, it looks phenomenal here with a few epic set pieces to be sure and a different style to it that looks to be more intriguing and more along the lines with the personal style of the titular character. We also get a nice glimpse of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) near the end which is made all the more intriguing by how he might play into this story. Thor: The Dark World also stars Stellan SkarsgÄrd, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins and opens in 3D on November 8th. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

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’s Thor and Marvel’s The 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.

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