New THOR: THE DARK WORLD Details Hit; Producer Talks Redefining CBM Genre And More

New THOR: THE DARK WORLD Details Hit; Producer Talks Redefining CBM Genre And More

Confirming another race of evildoers, besides the Dark Elves, Marvel Studios executive producer Craig Kyle has dished out new Thor: The Dark World details, while praising Alan Taylor's redefining direction.

Accompanying the first official behind-the-scenes photo from the Marvel sequel, Empire magazine also interviewed the studio's longtime executive producer, Craig Kyle, about the much-anticipated Thor follow-up, The Dark World. Explaining how the film will help to redefine the CBM genre, Kyle also confirms its place within the shared universe's time frame, a previously rumored otherworldly race, besides the Dark Elves, and much more. Check out his comments and additional info below.

“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.” After Marvel's The Avengers assembly especially, Kyle says that, “Expectations are high,” for Thor: The Dark World. “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!”

Sometime during the interview, Craig Kyle informed Empire that Thor: The Dark World will pick-up one year after The Avengers events, and two years after the first Thor film. And at the sequel's start, we'll find Asgard battered by war and The Nine Realms beset “by rag-tag invaders known as The Maraunders,” who were pictured on the Bourne Wood set. And it's during this time that ancient Asgardian enemies the Dark Elves, led by Malekith and “wreathed in Gigeresque body armour,” return and wreak devastating revenge. Meanwhile, Thor, “now a full-time general,” will have some explaining to do when he finally reconnects with his Midgardian love interest, Jane Foster.

Marvel Studios’ “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 & 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.

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dylanmm5 - 1/28/2013, 7:52 AM
'We spend more time on the ground with the commoners, as opposed to in the palace.'

I hope he's not talking about being on Earth again.... We don't want that! We want to see other realms! Thor's franchise and GofG are the only movies we have that can expand Marvel's UNIVERSE!
tobeyoungagain - 1/28/2013, 8:05 AM
Maybe I'm just an idiot? But where did he confirm another race of evildoers besides the dark elves? Can someone please point this out to me.
JatevinM - 1/28/2013, 8:05 AM
dylanmm5@ With a name like Thor the Dark World I'm pretty sure we are in the other realms. Most of what we have seen is of other worlds.
superotherside - 1/28/2013, 8:08 AM
Great stuff.

tobeyoungagain Yeah, I think he did. :)
DCMarvelFreshman - 1/28/2013, 8:11 AM
@tobeyoungagain It's not in the quotes in bold, but the paragraph below it. The reason it is not a direct quote is because it is from what Empire gathered from him about the film's story.

The other race is the The Maraunders BTW.
GammaVerve - 1/28/2013, 8:13 AM
I can't wait for the first trailer!
Fabs - 1/28/2013, 8:13 AM
Odd... I'd have thought Iron man (Science Fiction/Adventure), Hulk (Science fiction/Horror) and Captain America(science fiction/period) are the science fiction movies and Thor is the Fantasy/Period (vikings) film. Thor is the least Science fiction of the lot.
Till Dr.Strange comes along to keep Thor company. :)
ATrueHero1987 - 1/28/2013, 8:17 AM
Cool! Though I wish there was a scene in the beginning showing Thor & Loki immediately returning to Asgard after the events in The Avengers.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 1/28/2013, 8:20 AM
lmbo, you can redefine "cbm genre" but you can't make a black panther movie. silly producers.
DefcoN - 1/28/2013, 8:33 AM
Wait... The movie takes place a year after the events in The Avengers?? That's ok but I was kind of expecting it to continue right from where Avengers left off just to see Loki return to Asgard as a prisoner and receive Odin's punishment. I mean, hope there's a flashback of that moment at least!
AvengersRock - 1/28/2013, 8:37 AM
Enough about the Black Panther already. We are blessed to have all of these CBMs coming out, and Marvel is responsible for 90 percent of them. Be greatful!

Falcon should be a good representative of the African Americans, and the actor said it's part of a multi-picture deal, so he should be around for a while.

Personally, I'd like to see BP in a movie, but I'm more excited to see Dr. Strange. It opens up so many more possibilities for the MCU, as would Inhumans, Captain Marvel or Ms. Marvel, Nova, Silver Surfer, etc. I'd also like to see Justice League, but we don't all get what we want - and we may never see a Justice League, at the rate it's going - if they don't hire a director soon, the 2015 date will have to be pushed back.
JatevinM - 1/28/2013, 8:38 AM
@DefcoN That is too good of a story device for them to pass up. I highly doubt it goes unaddressed.
Maximus101 - 1/28/2013, 8:44 AM
Aladeen news
JatevinM - 1/28/2013, 8:46 AM
You know I'd actually like to see some Valkyries
Philvis - 1/28/2013, 8:48 AM
I'm going to need a trailer. The set pics haven't gotten me all giddy like most on this site.
StormLoganSummers - 1/28/2013, 8:51 AM
I'd rather see the palace:

rocky - 1/28/2013, 8:54 AM
I just want a damn trailer to sate my appetite for this film a little bit til Nov.

I love everything I hear coming from this
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 1/28/2013, 8:55 AM

good for you but i still want a black panther movie. end of subject.
DanteSparda - 1/28/2013, 9:07 AM
So far sounds great, a lot more serious and viking than the first one, also I hope this have more action than the first one.

By the way, did anyone else noticed that Thor never used his "tornado" attacks in The Avengers?
TheBeard - 1/28/2013, 9:09 AM
need a trailer
ATrueHero1987 - 1/28/2013, 9:10 AM
@AvengersRock Nothing wrong with someone demanding a BP movie. I'm grateful but I still want a BP movie!
ChillBill66 - 1/28/2013, 9:19 AM
Soooooooo, you can create a very beautiful Asgard but Wakanda is too difficult???? No offense because I love Thor but it's time to get the wheels off the ground on this Black Panther movie...

#C'mon Man!
coopshep39 - 1/28/2013, 9:22 AM
Okay I love the direction and director, but I would hate inconsistency, so they better keep the asgard from the first and just explore it more.
DrDoom - 1/28/2013, 9:28 AM

Asgard is only one of the Nine Realms. Asgard can remain consistent while also allowing for different atmospheres to be explored in the other realms.
tobeyoungagain - 1/28/2013, 9:31 AM
Wow! I guess I am an idiot. Thank you for pointing that out DCMarvelFreshman. Next time I'll read the ENTIRE article before I make a comment.
CharlesLord - 1/28/2013, 9:41 AM
@avengersrock you do know that silver surfer is still with fox right? so Doc Strange creating that possibility is a no go unless the F4 rights go back to marvel
TheAbomination - 1/28/2013, 10:26 AM
Team Sif, motherf*ckas!! Can't wait for the first trailer!
1ncredibleJ0C - 1/28/2013, 10:28 AM
nice to see Thor gets the works but BP cant tht is jus crazy to me they can do the same for him also nd marvel has Silver Surfer nd [email protected]
FirstAvenger - 1/28/2013, 10:31 AM
Interesting, I need a trailer!
KeefNCookies - 1/28/2013, 10:40 AM
Exciting stuff... but please, no earth and yes helmet (i know they wont do the helmet, basterds)
Moakynubs - 1/28/2013, 10:43 AM
I didn't really get disaster movie from Avengers.. But okay.
NightForce - 1/28/2013, 12:50 PM
Yeah I hope we see that.
Odin: WHAT THE [frick] LOKI? WHAT THE [frick]!
Loki: Stop being so mean to me!
ScionStorm - 1/28/2013, 1:11 PM
This sounds like a movie that the Valkyries should be in. Especially Brunhillde.
Durf - 1/28/2013, 2:14 PM
Sounds good. I think I'm actually getting more excited for this one than IM3!

@everyone: calm the [frick] down people! they didn't say they won't do BP. It's probably coming in Phase 3. They have only announced 2 movies for Phase 3, so calm down
nowtheresaBATman - 1/28/2013, 2:30 PM
@batz11 SKOL Valkyries!!! :)
titansupes - 1/28/2013, 4:43 PM
The first movie was terrible...but this one looks and sounds good. "A full-time General"? Bad. Ass.
Bodwulf - 1/28/2013, 8:24 PM
Gigeresque armor?
Dark worlds collide! photo Star-Trek-2-Benedict-Cumberbatch_zps8f494846.jpg
Bodwulf - 1/28/2013, 8:26 PM
oh, "Reminiscent of H. R. Giger (born 1940), Swiss surrealist painter best known for nightmarish biomechanical imagery"
Scholes60 - 1/31/2013, 12:32 AM
I think this second Thor movie has the potential to be better than the first. Though not truly cosmic it will embrace (apparently) all of the nine worlds. Also I think Malkeith and Kurse (in particular) are credible villains.

As an Aussie sci-fi writer: I’ve written a solid collection of Marvel (espec Thor) fan fiction, why not check it out?

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