New THOR: THE DARK WORLD Details From Alan Taylor

From Christopher Eccleston having to learn a new language to how The Dark World subtitle came about, hit the jump and check out what the Thor sequel's director, Alan Taylor, offers and more.

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 9/27/2013

Ahead of next week's big promotional push for the Marvel sequel, Thor: The Dark World features prominently in Total Film magazine's latest issue. "When I started this thing, The Avengers hadn't come out and Iron Man 3 hadn't made a billion dollars so the [Marvel] universe was changing as we added ourselves to it, which is daunting in some ways by also exciting to have the momentum," says director Alan Taylor, who initially thought Marvel had dialed the wrong guy while director searching. "Halfway through shooting, someone at Disney proposed the title The Dark World and that really seemed to confirm the movie we were making and label our tonal intention," the director says. "So we are the darker chapter, but I think we're doing the right balancing act of remaining within the tone of Marvel to advance that character's story but it also has to fit in because every few years all the characters have to join the party and be in Avengers movies," he adds. Speaking about the God of Thunder's new burdens, Chris Hemsworth says: "Thor's world is colliding with Earth so there's fun to be had with where his responsibilities lie, but this delves into the bigger universe, outside of what happened on Earth with Avengers." Malekith the Accursed is also a new burden for Thor. Mads Mikkelsen was originally set to play the villain, but scheduling and character tweaking (like whether or not his "henchman" Algrim/Kurse would be in the film) prompted director Alan Taylor to approach Christopher Eccleston. "Finding a way to be a villain in these movies is a really tricky thing," Taylor admits. "Christopher has been very articulate and useful. There's a default position which is very easy, you cackle madly and laugh! I think we've done a lot of work to make Malekith a three-dimensional character who has an understandable back-story and a motive for what he's doing."

Making Malekith a three-dimensional character meant inventing a language for his Dark Elf race. "Created by a very talented man," Eccleston says, "but I'm not sure he's absolutely a people person that knows the language has to be spoken! So bringing it to life in a short space of time created some tension, but I think that is a supreme example of Alan trying to ground actors in reality. In an odd way, it may provide these villainous guys some pathos; it may just humanize them." Alan Taylor admits that Eccleston probably had the toughest job of the cast, with hours in prosthetics, freezing scenes in Iceland and a new language to strive with. "There are portions in making all of these movies where you suddenly realize this is ridiculous: 'I'm wearing a rubber suit and I'm speaking Elven! But if you do it with conviction, hopefully you can be full on, and he gave it his all." Makekith's second-in-command is Algrim the Strong, played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. "He is transformed into a creature called Kurse," says Taylor, via SFX mag. "Adewale somehow managed to take this monster and make him sexy. I don't think anyone else in the world could do it, but he did it." Stay tuned to CBM for more of Total Film's coverage.


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. It opens in theaters November 8, 2013.
Source: Total Film
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SageMode - 9/27/2013, 9:30 AM
41 more days
Pheezmatic - 9/27/2013, 9:33 AM
mmmm sexy
ezio619 - 9/27/2013, 9:34 AM
Manofreal-sure the guy who directed tons of great shows on cable televisions and quite possibly,according to alot of people directed the best episodes of game of thrones is a hack,sure!!and plus joss fixed only three scenes out of 130 min film
ezio619 - 9/27/2013, 9:36 AM
and it wasnt like joss came in because marvel called him and told him that taylor is not making the movie well,taylor called him which takes some guts because its the movie you are making so it takes alot to put ego aside
ezio619 - 9/27/2013, 9:38 AM
linkavitch-dude ,you are an assassins creed fan,im so excited for black flag
AsgardianHobo - 9/27/2013, 9:54 AM
@ManofReal

Go jerk off to a Ben Affleck gif, people are trying to respond to actual comic book movie news
ezio619 - 9/27/2013, 9:55 AM
omegadagod-have 4 of questions for you
1.what were some of your favorite moments from iron man 3?
2.out of the phase 2 films coming out so far,how would you rank them in terms of anticipation?

3.do you like that marvel is trying to make genre films with superheroes ex.guardians is a space adventure film,cap is apolitical thriller etc?

4.do you think that 3-4 superhero films are enough per year,keeping the general audience in mind?
ezio619 - 9/27/2013, 9:57 AM
manofreal-umm,they are directors so yeah, and plus zack snyder used to make music videos and commercials before he made dawn of the dead,thats how alot of directors come about,i like that amrvel are not getting a big director theri films, they are getting people who fit the vision of the film and story they are trying to tell.
cosmicman - 9/27/2013, 10:00 AM
ever hear of paragraphs? yikes
ezio619 - 9/27/2013, 10:00 AM
manofreal-did you see thor the dark world already,its just been one movie people in phase 2, we dont know, taylor may suck or he may knock it out of the parkand plus people could also say that about goyer and snyder, as much as i liked man of steel, man of steel imo had a more polarizing reaction then iron man 3 did and alot of them want them off dc properties.
IM53 - 9/27/2013, 10:07 AM
Thor your up
Dunejedi - 9/27/2013, 10:09 AM
I'M GETTING PUMPED FOR THIS FLICK! As bummed as I am that Mads dropped out, I'm stoked that Adewale got tapped for Kurse.

The trailer that accompanied AoS was sick. Getting excited!
MrMartinMarvel - 9/27/2013, 10:31 AM
@Gusto And I'm glad you did.
DioFoRio - 9/27/2013, 10:35 AM
MMMM baby hungeee
DioFoRio - 9/27/2013, 10:35 AM
I'd convert.
Amazing512 - 9/27/2013, 10:39 AM
@manofreal you're not even a good troll.
AsgardianHobo - 9/27/2013, 10:48 AM
@KlarksCent

MOS-whiners? You mean people that actually like good/enjoyable movies?

Go ahead and Netflix/Redbox it, Thor doesn't need your support :P

nice gif!
AsgardianHobo - 9/27/2013, 10:53 AM
@ManOfReal

So Shane Black and Alan Taylor are "hack directors" but Zack Snyder is a visionary or something? LOL

Enjoy Goyer's regurgitated crap dialogue
ParisSun - 9/27/2013, 10:54 AM
Babyseal is a troll who should be ignored. He adds absolutely nothing to any discussion thread.

I love that Taylor is putting so much into this movie. We are in for a treat if Thor is even half as good as Red Wedding, a GoT episode. I love that we are going to see more of Asgard this time as well as Thor unleashed.

I'm calling it, Malekith will be the best villain to date until we see Ultron in Avengers. I would say until Winter Soldier but until we see Baron Zemo, we aren't there yet.
knocturnalzen10 - 9/27/2013, 10:56 AM
where's mantinium when ya need him he was averaging like 4 reports an article lmao he needs to be on this article lmao lol lol
AsgardianHobo - 9/27/2013, 10:58 AM
@KlarksCent

"refined taste in movies" LOL

Maybe you should read a review or 2. Oh, that's right! Rotten Tomatoes is no longer relevant because fans of MOS claimed it to be! I forgot :P It didn't stop them from pointing out the Dark Knights score for years, but when their movie fails hard, Rt is no longer relevant!
JoJo1982 - 9/27/2013, 11:00 AM
4. I think 4 is not nearly enough. I would like 6 at a minimum. This is why marvel needs to start making a third, smaller budget movie to flesh out a Marvel Knights franchise within the MCU. I think if and when WB gets their act together we'll probably get at least 1 DC movie every year so it's only a matter of time before we get more CBMs every year. As long as the majority of them are good I'm not worried about oversaturation

@Omega

That is a good Freaking idea!!! Marvel should start going 3 movies a yr, with one movie being a lower budget movie(say 100 million or less). I also hope Marvel start making more TV shows to go along with Agent of Shield show, since DC just announced about 3 more shows that are coming in the future.
JoeMomma29 - 9/27/2013, 11:01 AM
@ ManofReal

You are just like Trudy the Troll only DC version.
AsgardianHobo - 9/27/2013, 11:09 AM
@KlarksCent

I'd take one of their opinions over yours, no offense. Considering they have actual experience in their field, as you just explode in your pants when you see the DC logo appear on screen.

You should be the only movie reviewer KlarksCent! Since your knowledge is so vast and wide!
JoJo1982 - 9/27/2013, 11:10 AM
@MarvelPsycho79

did you really expect for Runner Runner to be any good or are you only mentioning it cause Ben Affleck is in it???

That's like me talking about Chris Hemsworth's Red Dawn movie


plz folks stop turning this into a flame war, cause both sides going to lose
JoJo1982 - 9/27/2013, 11:18 AM
@black and yellow

some suspense thriller movie starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck is the bad guy in it.

By the previews it looks pretty boring, but since Ben Affleck has been announce to play Batman. CB fans are going to be keep an eye on this runner runner movie now, lol.
AsgardianHobo - 9/27/2013, 11:23 AM
@KlarksCent

"it's not wrong to listen to other people to make your decision."

I did watch it and make my own decision. I basically watch all CBMs that are released like everyone on this site, but with this movie I completely agreed with most of the critics.

For the "Biggest, Most Iconic and Important Superhero of all time!" to sell less tickets than the Spider-Man reboot speaks volumes.
Seejay - 9/27/2013, 11:31 AM

Hope this film turns out to be a solid 7 or higher, out of 10.

JoJo1982 - 9/27/2013, 11:31 AM
oh no here we go with the box office thing

smh... *face palm*
AsgardianHobo - 9/27/2013, 11:34 AM
@JoJo

So we can't bring up Box Office or reviews for MoS? Wow, I guess reality doesn't carry much weight!
JoJo1982 - 9/27/2013, 11:36 AM
@Marvel

Every actor is going to have a bad movie every once in awhile, ya know.
You cant blame Ben Affleck if Runner Runner is bad, sometimes the movie just didnt turn out as good as the script he read and also remember ppl actors gotta pay bills too.
JoJo1982 - 9/27/2013, 11:38 AM
@Asgardian

Yeah, if your trying to bash a movie that ppl likeed, its kind've pointless.

Its not like your going to make them not like the movie, lol

"OMG Man of Steel didnt make a bllion dollars, it SUX now" lmao
JoJo1982 - 9/27/2013, 11:40 AM
Im glad we havent scene a peek of Thor vs Kurse fight scene in the previews. I hope it is a pretty brutal and long fight
WhiteBolt - 9/27/2013, 11:40 AM
Can't wait for this movie. Woohoo!

Runner Runner is getting bad reviews? Well, that sucks. I kind of was interested in that movie. More than likely, I'll be seeing Gravity that weekend anyways.
dougieisrollingthejays - 9/27/2013, 11:41 AM
I'd say this is my most anticipated movie... But then I realize Falcon is in Captain America TWS... And fury... and black widow... and a mystery villain.. and zola.... ok so maybe captain america.... but wait a sec... Guardians of the galaxy... showing space... Nova corps.. Thanos... Kree.... Ok then maybe that... but hold on a second thor is going to be darker.... going to have more of the 9 realms... so its a 3 way tie.
AsgardianHobo - 9/27/2013, 11:46 AM
@JoJo

It's funny how you make the general statement that all people enjoyed it.

If that was true, wouldn't it have sold as many tickets as it's other comicbook movie counterparts that have come out in the past year or 2?

Spider-Man made lots of cash because he's a major draw in for kids and is relatable. Batman made lots of cash because people went to see it over and over because it was the end of the trilogy. Avengers made a shitload of money, because people loved it and went to see it over and over again. Iron Man 3, despite you haters on this site, made audiences happy, and had people buying repeat viewings as well.

Superman, the movie that was to "revolutionize the CBM industry!" made less than all those because people weren't exactly lining up to see it a second time. I wonder why?
JoJo1982 - 9/27/2013, 11:50 AM
AsgardianHobo - 9/27/2013, 11:46 AM

@JoJo

It's funny how you make the general statement that all people enjoyed it.


@Asgardian

When did I say all ppl enjoyed it? lol
AsgardianHobo - 9/27/2013, 11:53 AM
@OmegaDaGod

sorry about that, I think Gusto slipped me a mickey
JoJo1982 - 9/27/2013, 11:57 AM
@Asgardian

Another thing this summer was pretty packed with movies this yr. Not alot of the Big Budget movies barely survive seeing as a new big movie cames out every week, there were more movies that failed this summer then succeeded. But acting like a movie failed cause it only made 662 million dollars from a 225 budget, is pretty funny to me.
JoJo1982 - 9/27/2013, 12:00 PM
ManOfReal - 9/27/2013, 9:53 AM

@Ezio then he should stick to tv and Disney needs to get some real directors not Shame Black or Alan Taylor they are killing marvel movies


@ManOfReal

Did you see Thor 2? How do you know Alan Taylor is killing a marvel movie then???
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