Thor 2: The Dark World

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Disney’s D23 Expo has come and gone and those lucky enough to attend were privy to a look at some footage from the various upcoming Marvel projects.  And though the actual movie footage is being pulled as fast as it’s posted, Marvel and The Mouse did deign to bless us with some of the highlights from their various panels.  Check out the two videos below for a brief look at some folks talking about Thor 2, Captain America 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy, in addition to a host of other upcoming Disney movies.


Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

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It’s pretty common these days for movies to end up tacking on some additional shoots or reshooting a scene or two that doesn’t seem to work.  Considering the massive budgets of some of these films, it’s a better idea than crossing your fingers and hoping that everything turns out for the best.  Now, Thor 2: The Dark World is the latest to put some last minute icing on their super hero cake.  According to director Alan Taylor, they’re cleaning up some character relationships and even bringing a bit more Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins into the mix.  Check out everything Taylor had to say in this brief interview video:

And check out what Taylor manages to do with all the pieces when Thor 2: The Dark World hits the big screen on November 8th.


Thanks to collider for the heads-up.

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Marvel’s phase two is in the works, though much of what’s going on behind the scenes, within the story, is being hid from us.  Kudos to them, cause personally, I don’t want too many spoilers ruining my experience of what they have lined up for us in this round of super hero awesomeness.  They’ve shown us enough Iron Man 3 to kill a man and rumors fly about everything else, but now it’s time for the next step in showing us just how fkn amazing their next round of movies is going to be.  The Thor 2: The Dark World trailer has just hit and it’s looking good enough to make you poo yourself.  Check it out below:

Either their marketing team has a fkn genius editing their footage down to this trailer, or this film is going to blow us away.  After rewatching the trailer for the fourth time, I’ve finally achieved faith that phase 2 is going to make us proud.

Maybe you like it, maybe you don’t, but I’m spending my $12 on opening night.  You should check it out too, later this year on November 8th.


Thanks to /film for the heads-up.


Phase Two of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is about to kick off with Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 hitting theater screens everywhere on May 3rd. The production team at Marvel studios is still hard at work on the other pieces of Phase Two, The Avengers 2, Thor 2, Captain America 2, and the new comer to the bunch, Guardians of the Galaxy.

The President of Production at Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, recently talked with the Italian magazine Best Movie about why the studio decided to include Guardians to the Phase Two movie roster:

“[For a] long time that we wanted to bring in a movie and adventure set entirely in space. We immediately liked the idea of making a movie based on a comic mostly unknown by people […] that present[ed] various superheroes in one movie.

“Although it’s set up from another part of the universe, a human will be in a superhero role of Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt. There will be lots of characters: from a sexy warrior to an animated tree [to] a raccoon with a gun. It’s a unique franchise and we are pleased that it’s so different from what we have done so far.”

While the majority of the work being done today is focused on Phase Two, some are looking forward to Phase Three and which established characters will return.

“Currently, the third phase is still developing. 99.9% of our time is used for Phase 2, the development of ‘The Avengers 2′ and the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ keeps us very busy. Definitely we’re not leaving aside the old glories and we can also see familiar faces such as Iron Man, Thor and Captain America.”

Along side the already established movie characters some more comic book favorites are joining the lineup. Edgar Wright’s long-discussed Ant-Man and word is that Doctor Strange (A favorite of Feige) will be making a, hopefully triumphant, return to the big screen.

Yep, there was a Doctor Strange TV movie back in 1978 starring Peter Hooten as Dr. Stephen Strange, Sir John Mills as Lindmer “The Ancient One”, Clyde Kusatsu as Wong, and Jessica Walter as Morgan Lefay. You can take a look at part one below, it’s painful, but really makes one wonder at what today’s special effects wizards can do with the subject matter that were impossible back when this was made.

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“Dr. Strange! I love the aura of mystery that surrounds this superhero and the magical world that surrounds him. We’ve never faced anything like this and there is a lot of material that we could exploit. I would love to also see a new superhero in the ranks of the Avengers. We shall see!”

Phase Three is scheduled to commence after the release of The Avengers 2 in May 2015, while Dr. Strange has yet to officially receive a release date. Which movies are you most looking forward to? Is there a character that you’d like to see that has not been on screen yet?

Iron Man 3 releases May 3rd, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.

Via: Screenrant


Further details were recently released regarding Thor: The Dark World–the highly anticipated sequel to Kenneth Branagh’s immensely successful Thor adaptation. The sequel will be directed by Alan Taylor (The Sopranos, Mad Men, Game Of Thrones), and reportedly will offer a new and different take on the realm of Asgard–among other things.

Marvel Studios Executive Producer Craig Kyle discussed the film and its director in a recent interview with Empire:

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.

Kyle continued on, discussing the nature of the “Superhero Movie”, and the unique appeal of the Thor universe:

Like in Indiana Jones, while there’s high stakes and high danger, there’s always fun. We have to constantly redefine what a superhero film is or it’d just exhaust the audience. So Iron Man is the James Bond-y, classic, suave action hero; Captain America’s the period piece; Hulk is the monster movie; Avengers the disaster movie; and Thor is the science-fiction epic.

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!

According to Kyle, Thor: The Dark World begins with a war torn Asgard, and the Nine Realms besieged “by rag-tag invaders known as The Marauders,” led by Mister Sinister. This leads to an opportunistic attack by the Dark Elves, led by Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).

Thor: The Dark World is scheduled for release in 2D and 3D on November 8th of this year, and stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander–with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.

(via GeekTyrant)

Disney put out a big update for many of the upcoming Marvel movies today. The biggest news is that Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man now has a release date of November 6, 2015.That’s AFTER the second Avengers movie, so unless we get a surprise cameo, we most likely won’t see him in the sequel before his big solo movie premiere. My money is on a mid-credits The Avengers II cameo.

That means that Ant-Man will be part of Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Three. Phase three starts the same year that The Avengers II is released May 1, 2015.

Everyone pretty much expected the additional confirmation news that the sequels for Thor and Iron-Man will be available in 3D. The same will most likely happen with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy once shooting on both projects gets under way. That’s the way Hollywood works these days, make it in 3D.

Here’s the Marvel news from the release.

  • IRON MAN 3 will now be available in 3D – previously announced 5/3/13 wide playdate is unchanged (Marvel)
  • THOR: THE DARK WORLD is final title of previous “Thor 2” and will now be available in 3D – previously announced 11/8/13 wide playdate is unchanged (Marvel)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER is final title of previous “Captain America 2” – previously announced 4/4/14 wide playdate is unchanged (Marvel)
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is final title of previous “Marvel Untitled” – previously announced 8/1/14 is unchanged (Marvel)
  • ANT-MAN is now dated on 11/6/15 wide (Marvel)

What do you think? How and when will Ant-Man be brought into the Marvel Universe? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.


I’m fairly sure, anyone that reads Nerd Bastards, or keeps up with comic book movie news, knows the premise of Thor 2. Evil elves fuck shit up… Thor and crew realm hop and save the universe from going to hell.

Reading an official plot synopsis at this point seems, well, rather pointless. Still… if you want read it, we got it.

The plot outline was revealed today at New York Comic Con.  As suspected, it confirms the Alan Taylor-directed film will include all of Norse Mythology’s Nine Realms, and a glimpse of the villain(s).

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’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.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery” #83 in August, 1962.

“Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Actually, having read that, I think Thor 2 might just be the biggest solo film since Iron Man 1. Just get rid of Jane Foster and we good!

A bunch of set photos snapped from the set of Thor 2 have hit the interwebz. The first few waves of images featured Lady Siff riding into battle, followed by a few action shots of Thor.  This round of pics, however,  give us our first look at Zachary Levi, taking over the role of Fandral.

From the gallery, there are two pictures in question. The first one features Fandral about to give a dark elf (I assume it’s a dark elf) “the people elbow”.  The second shows him standing next to Thor; a fine view of both their backsides. Both images are kind of hard to make out. Not sure if it’s Levi or his stunt double. I’ll leave it to you to decide.

All of the pics thus far, though, have been of an epic battle between the Asgardians and a bunch of fugly creatures. It’s all looking like something out of Lord of the Rings, but with a little more bling. Basically, good guys fighting a bunch of orcs with swag.

Since the movie is titled Thor 2: The Dark World, and being some script details have revealed some trouble with some dark elves, I think we can assume the beasties pictured here are of said elves. Check out the gallery below and debate for yourselves.

Also is Thor 2 news,  Nuke the Fridge have reported some confirmation of Stan Lee’s inevitable cameo.  Appearing on stage at LA’s Comikaze Festival, The Man said:

You’ve never seen anything like it, neither have I. Don?t miss it!

Oh, what a tease!  Considering all of Stan’s infamous cameos were on earth, do you think we can expect something otherworldly this time around? I mean come on, gods, dark elves, the nine realms… it’s gotta be something fantastical.

Source: Bleeding Cool (images from by Wayne Howes)


Rumors, rumors, rumors!  Yes, we here at the NB got em all right here, right now.  Enough rumors to tantalize, tease and, ultimately, frustrate every fan of every film being made.  This week’s rumormill addition?  Thor 2: The Dark World may feature the death of a major character.

“Sources” involved in the currently ongoing shooting process are saying that someone is going to die.  One individual has even gone so far as to claim that it will be none other than Odin (AKA Anthony Hopkins with an eye patch and beard).

This could be complete rubbish, of course, but even if it proves to be true it wouldn’t be such the huge ordeal that some might think.  They’ve killed off ol’ One-Eye a few times in the comics only to bring him back later (usually).  But, considering this is a movie franchise, it could be an attempt to phase Hopkins out.  Given that Marvel Studios probably wants to make another 10 sequels, he might have decided to get off the ship before it sets sail for the next 20 years.

The has a set release date of November 6th, 2013, so I guess we’ll have to wait until then to see if and who is going to get the axe.


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