It looks like Thor will have plenty of trouble on his hands when he heads back to Asgard, and this time he won't have the Avengers to back him up.
We've always assumed that Thor: The Dark World would pick up sometime after Thor and Loki left New York City at the end of The Avengers, but we didn't know exactly when, or exactly what the God of Thunder would be going home to. Now, thanks to executive producer Craig Kyle, we've got a pretty good idea.
In an interview with Empire, Kyle said the film will take place roughly one year after the events of The Avengers, and two years after Thor. As the film begins, Thor will be a "full-time general," and Asgard will be in big trouble. As the film begins, Asgard is war-ravaged thanks to attacks "by rag-tag invaders known as The Maraunders." It's during this time of apparent vulnerability that the Dark Elves will arrive, “wreathed in Gigeresque body armour" and led by Malekith. And if that weren't enough for Thor to contend with, he'll also have to figure out how to reconnect with his Midgard girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and explain what exactly he's been up to for the last two years (and maybe mention why he didn't pay her a visit the last time he came to Earth).
Kyle also noted that the film will be a bit more detailed about the Asgardian culture, and will be about more than just the royal family and their friends.
“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," Kyle said. "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!”
Based on this description (and the battle-heavy set pics we've seen), Thor: The Dark World looks to be an extremely ambitious undertaking. What do you think? Will Alan Taylor and company deliver on all this hype?