Production Notes For THOR: THE DARK WORLD Reveal New Details From Cast And Crew

Production Notes For THOR: THE DARK WORLD Reveal New Details From Cast And Crew

With scene details involving a streaking Erik Selvig, hit the jump and check out official production notes for Thor: The Dark World that also reveal some new and intriguing details about the Marvel sequel!

Reprising his role as the Mighty Thor, God of Thunder, Chris Hemsworth, the Australian actor with a physique to rival men and gods, was delighted to return. “I love playing the character. The trick is each time to find new ways to make the character have some sort of advance or growth from the last one,” explains Hemsworth. “I think you’ve got to make sure the hero is a big catalyst to the resolution from the beginning, that he’s not just there to step in at the very end and save the day. He has to be proactive throughout. There’s a definite conflict within Thor about where his place was. Was it with Jane on Earth or was it in Asgard, and where does his allegiance lie? Also, he's beginning to understand the darker sides of what it truly means to be king and the burden of the throne.” Producer Kevin Feige, executive producer Craig Kyle, the screenwriters and a large team at Marvel sat down to look at where Thor’s story should go next after “Marvel’s The Avengers.” Screenwriter Christopher L. Yost explains, “We really wanted to look at how you could escalate the story personally for him and push things to the next level in terms of conflict.”.

Director Alan Taylor, describing Thor’s journey, says, “In the first film, we saw Thor go from being an impetuous prince to taking his first steps towards maturing and growing up, and in our film that life story continues. He’s moving closer to actually claiming the kind of power that comes with Odin. He’s becoming not just a man, but potentially a king as well. In this story, as Thor matures and deepens, he has to give some things up and suffer.”

Once more taking on the role of esoteric astrophysicist Jane Foster, Natalie Portman enthuses, “It's really fun to get to come back and play her again. I think it’s rare to get the opportunity to play these female scientists in this kind of movie, so it’s nice to have a foil for the super hero!” Joining Jane once more in her scientific explorations of cosmic understanding is the quirky and irreverent intern, and fan- favorite, Darcy Lewis, played by Kat Dennings. “People seem to love Darcy,” notes Dennings. “I love Darcy. And because she’s not in the comic books, she was born out of my imagination. So the fact that people like her is just really flattering.” Rounding off the scientific trio of mortals is the talented Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, who plays Erik Selvig. Like fellow cast members he reprises his role. Within the Marvel Universe we last saw him possessed by Loki in “Marvel’s The Avengers.” This experience has left the scientist traumatized and his former colleagues discover his current location by accident, when he is caught on national TV news, half naked at the ancient sacred site of Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, England. Stellan jokes of his predicament, “It was cold. I’d recommend clothes at Stonehenge. The English climate is not suitable for streaking!”

Revisiting the role of the God Odin, King of Asgard, Anthony Hopkins was happy to join the cast of “Thor: The Dark World.” “I enjoyed the first one with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. I have scenes with Natalie Portman—she's beautiful and lovely—and Kat Dennings and Chris. They’re terrific people to work with; very easy, gentle and relaxed people.” He admits that he is not well versed in Marvel or Nordic mythology, but explains, “I just play him like a human being, with maybe a little more dimension. I grow a beard, look hopefully impressive and try and keep it as real as possible.”

Jaimie Alexander was thrilled to reprise her role as Sif. “I have to say Sif is one of the favorite characters I’ve played,” says Alexander. “She’s probably closest to my personality out of everything I’ve done. She’s a butt-kicker and I like that!” Once again playing Volstagg, Ray Stevenson relished the chance to see the character’s background develop further as life as an Asgardian is revealed, before the action intensifies. He comments, “You get a chance to see Volstagg with his family, which was a big surprise. I’ve got these naughty cherubic sort of bouncy kids, which is just a lot of fun.” Joining the cast to play Fandral is Zachary Levi. On picking up the reins of Fandral, he says, “I like the character of Fandral. He’s different to anything I’ve ever been able to play. He speaks with an English accent, is very blunt and is a total lothario, lady’s man. I love all that; it’s just really fun. He’s very Errol Flynn.”

Christopher Eccleston is new to the cast and takes on the role of arch villain, Malekith. On developing the character of Malekith he says, “I wanted Malekith to have a sense of humor, because I think a sense of humor indicates intelligence and if you’ve got an intelligent villain that means that your heroes have to be really accomplished to beat them.” Malekith is leader of the dark elves, who inhabit Svartalfheim, one of the Nine Realms. After waging war with the Nine Realms, and being defeated by Asgard, the dark elves were considered to be extinct. But Malekith put his planet and the surviving dark elves into hibernation for many thousands of years, until a calculated time when he was ready to avenge the universe and turn light once more into darkness. Malekith and the dark elves will prove to be formidable enemies with a violent and personal history with Asgard. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who plays the dual roles of dark elf Algrim and Kurse, was delighted to join the cast and take on a complex dual role. “I think every boy and girl grows up with super heroes, comic books, Marvel in their childhood, so to be part of that history, it’s a privilege,” states Adewale. Describing his characters, he says, “I suppose Algrim and Kurse would be the quintessential baddies, but in reality they are what I perceive as the scorn and the victims of the story. They are the elves who have basically lost their planet and their race to another race, the Asgardians.”

The last piece of the exciting jigsaw was Loki and Tom Hiddleston. Hiddleston was delighted to step into Loki’s shoes once more. He says, “I feel like ‘Thor: The Dark World” is a chance as an actor to find new depth, new dimension, new iterations of Loki’s psychology, of his physicality and his capacity for feeling. On one level he is an off- the-rails psychopathic agent of chaos, but on a human level, his psychology and his emotional landscape is very, very interesting because he’s so intelligent and yet so broken. This film is a chance to find where his capacity for heroism and his Machiavellian menace meet.”

With Malekith, the otherworldly villain in place, filmmakers were keen to give audiences relatable references and worlds. Director Alan Taylor was chief among those wanting to give the film grounding in reality, with a weathered texture and a grittier feel. Says Taylor, “When I came in, I wanted to get more of a sense of the Norse mythology, the Viking quality, the texture, the history and the weight.” As a result, all aspects of “Thor: The Dark World,” —from the locations, the vast, largely exterior sets, the costumes, hair and make-up, to the armor, weapons, special and visual effects—have been carefully crafted to give a worn, humanizing, historical and grounded quality, with more nods to a Viking era than to science fiction.

Alan Taylor felt it was imperative that Thor’s home planet Asgard “feels like it has been there for centuries, that it has its own culture, that it really be a place you could believe in.” With these marching orders, production designer Charles Wood was tasked with bringing Asgard to life. “One big challenge was to make the film as fantastical as possible, because that’s the nature of this type of film, but also to ground the film and make the environments that we created tangible and realistic.” Wood continues, “In the first film we were generally within the palace, whereas in this film we actually explore the city as well. We wanted to be true to the idea both within the Marvel Universe and within Norse mythology that Asgard was a golden city, but again we wanted to bring a sense of history to this world. We wanted to suggest that Asgard as an environment had been around for many thousands of years.”

To create Asgard and further worlds within the Nine Realms with believability, the director and filmmakers felt the best way to help achieve this was to use a combination of real locations and expansive, detailed sets, built largely outside. Creating Asgard was the biggest challenge of all and also involved the largest number of sets. For their initial inspiration Wood and his team looked to the comic books and at all the material they could find on Thor and the environments that writer Kirby had produced. They then took their research wider, as Wood explains, “We also looked at images on the Internet, whether architectural or whether it was atmospheric, anything we could find that we felt could have related to the film. We studied all sorts of different historical and modern architectural influences, whether it was Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, Chinese or Islamic architectural forms. We also studied light and atmosphere. We then went to the studio and met everyone and Alan Taylor and got their take on it and from that point we essentially started conceptualizing.” The film shot between October and December 2012 at Shepperton Studios in England, with key locations in London—Greenwich, Wembley, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Borough Market and Hayes—Bourne Wood in Surrey and Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, and Iceland.

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 and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely 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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TTT0809 - 9/1/2013, 3:11 PM
So hyped for this.
ezio619 - 9/1/2013, 3:36 PM
i am very excited, fingers crossed its good, the more cbms that are good, the better it is for us
TheManFromMars - 9/1/2013, 3:39 PM
Can't wait to see the Selvig in Stonenhenge scene. Sounds hilarious!
BANE5000 - 9/1/2013, 3:40 PM
What I wanna see is Rene Russo kicking ass as Frigga, glad to see she will be more involved in this film than just being at Odins bed side, and the fight between her and who looks to be actually Malekith will be awesome to watch.
DCMarvelFreshman - 9/1/2013, 3:42 PM
@TheDevil LMAO There's much much more that I left out
Jollem - 9/1/2013, 3:45 PM
those kewpie doll soldiers are pretty cute

ezio619 - 9/1/2013, 3:49 PM
i like how malekith will have dark sense of humor like he does in the comics and be very intelligent, yet there seems to be a dark sinister tragic and vengeful side to him that i think i am gonna love, hopefully he will be a great villian cause The Mcu except loki doesnt really have many
MediaMan - 9/1/2013, 3:50 PM
Yeah- where is Rene Russo in these notes?
StatenMan18 - 9/1/2013, 3:50 PM
The earlier post about this movie says there's all this humor in the mix and that's the so called great things about marvel and their movies. I hope it doesn't turn into IM3, too much humor isn't necessary in these movies. That's my opinion at least.
FrenzyFreak - 9/1/2013, 3:56 PM
@StatenMan18 Totally agree but I don't think there will be so much humor in the film. From the footage weve seen the humor doesnt seem over indulgent and the big thing with humor is timing. A few of the leaked clips showed a little bit of humor but it was at a time where it was plausible and not so outlandish as in IM3. Once the Dark Elves arrive things will become much darker and we wont see much humor. I got worried at first when I saw Eccleston say that about a sense of humor but then I remembered he has one in the comics as well. Not one played for laughs like Trevor but more of a cocky, arrogant, and dark sense of humor.
MrCBM56 - 9/1/2013, 3:58 PM
Holy [frick]! Sounds great! The scene with Selvig sounds funny!
MrCBM56 - 9/1/2013, 3:58 PM

DCMarvelFreshman - 9/1/2013, 3:59 PM
@MrCBM56 Done:-))
StatenMan18 - 9/1/2013, 3:59 PM
@ frenzyfreak, dude you put that anchorman vid for that one guys iq before that me on my ass
Jollem - 9/1/2013, 4:03 PM


StatenMan18 - 9/1/2013, 4:07 PM
But yeah I get what you mean and your right about the timing with humor, if that is done right then yeah it will work with no problem. I mean avengers I thought could've had potential to be the best cbm ever but it was aimed at a younger audience but had it been taken more serious it could've been so much better. I thought it was ok and I'm not crazy about it, but when IM3 came out I lost hope in the MCU and I hate to say that cause I want to enjoy them for real. And all the phase one films had a more or less serious tone to them, so to me they should just go with that. However I'm cool worth gotg and Antman having humor because those directors could probably make it work. I read when the first xmen film came out joss whedons draft wasn't used because it was too light hearted and easy going (something like that) so idk I just want these movies to be epic, and I usually don't associate epic with comical type things. Again just my opinion.
NovaCorpsFan - 9/1/2013, 4:29 PM
So Malekith gets cursed in a scene of the film? It's just his face is scarred in some images but not in others.
Amazing512 - 9/1/2013, 4:31 PM
CBM of the year.
Havenless - 9/1/2013, 4:32 PM

Might be flashbacks
ezio619 - 9/1/2013, 4:33 PM
statenman- i thought iron man 3 had a fairly serious tone and its was thrilling and exciting throught especially the plane scene, i rewatched the movie and i notice it doesnt have as much humor as i remembered, i can see people thinking that because the harley scene and trevor scenes are not that far apart and after that, there is a decent length of serious moments in the film till the final battle where some of the humor during the fight and after with killian and tony does not work for me but thats it, too each its own, i also think shane black had his specfic type of humor in it which is not toeveryones taste but i enjoyed it and dont lost hope in the mcu yet, its just only one movie, that was the type of movie they wanted to make for that and every other to come will have its own story so do not worry yet my friend
McNyagano - 9/1/2013, 4:35 PM

ezio619 - 9/1/2013, 4:35 PM
and in avengers ,the stakes were there and the humor was balanced well, it feels catered to children because it is so colorful and comic booky and plus these comics did start out for chldren to be entertained and children need role model and heroes to look up to so it is for them as well but i dont mind that
StatenMan18 - 9/1/2013, 4:42 PM
Yeah I actually enjoyed the plane scene. I mean obviously there are a few scenes that I did enjoy but most of them end the scene with something random and the whole thing just left me puzzled. I hope Thor does great and I doubt cap 2 will be a funny one.. But for now I think Gotg and Xmen dofp will be sick. Antman too I love all three of those directors especially singer.. Idk why people give him so much crap.
ThePowerCosmic - 9/1/2013, 4:42 PM
2013 Was a weak year for CBMs in general...but I think This film will turn it all around and 2014 will pick up strong again.


It looks like we will get to see somewhere in the film how Malekith get's his face messed up. Kinda like the Emperor is Star Wars 3.

I'm gonna guess Thor or Odin messes him up.
Minato - 9/1/2013, 4:43 PM
Is it just me or are the wardrobes in this movie impeccable. The costume department really out done themselves. I wanna wear half the gear the Asgardians wear.
PerfectAss - 9/1/2013, 4:46 PM
i need that scene where loki cuts off thors hand I NEED TO SEE HIS TRAILER SIZE PLEASE GIVE ME IT!!!
ThePowerCosmic - 9/1/2013, 4:47 PM

Catered to children? The Avengers movie couldn't have looked more like an Avengers comic book. It interpreted the comic book look and feel almost perfectly. So, kiddie looking or not it did the job it set out to do...and did it amazingly.

If people wanted it to look like a Dark Knight's not going to and never should.
InfiniteMonkey - 9/1/2013, 4:49 PM
Thor the Dark World is coming and its coming in at rocket speed.
Going to be a blockbuster.
wallhead - 9/1/2013, 4:49 PM
I wonder if hawkeye will suffer from the same mental problems selvig suffers from.
ezio619 - 9/1/2013, 4:54 PM
thepowercosmic- i was replying to a comment that was said by someone that it felt too kiddy , i agree with you and thats why i really liked too, i didnt mean to insult, i dont think respectfully that this a year if weak cbms, i think its a year we did not expect, we were not expecting what we got from these films, thus i think going in with no expectations or preconceived notion is a good idea and just judge the film as it is presented on the screen and personally i think the three big superhero films were better then alot of the other MAINSTREAM movies that came out because i felt the passion and wanting to tell the story they wanted to tell and i could feel the excitement and fun they were having as they were making the films which is more then i can say for half of the crap that was released this year, only a few non superhero films impressed me this year so far( star trek, elysium, pacific rim) but thats just my opinion
IM53 - 9/1/2013, 4:54 PM
[frick]in ay
BritishMonkey - 9/1/2013, 5:02 PM
I cannot wait for this. November can't come faster. Well, it can.
TheAbomination - 9/1/2013, 5:04 PM
November needs to hurry up and get here already!
StatenMan18 - 9/1/2013, 5:05 PM
Sorry for getting that guy on your bad side lol.. Just to make a long story short I'm not aski for these movies to be like tdk I just want the greatness of phase one back in action and again IMO humor shouldn't have a big role.
ezio619 - 9/1/2013, 5:18 PM
statenman- i can understand , dont worry , it was only one film, every film has its own tone and story the they want to express and tell,so i think the others will be more balanced, but if the others have the same unneccessary bits of humor then there is cause for worry but i think it will be fine, frankly i laugh in the marvel movies more then any comedies that come out nowadays but thats just my taste , i think humor has a big role in the public because that also plays into the rewatchability for a lot of people in the films, i think iron man 3 was an unconventional superhero film for many reasons, but its gone now and lets hope and look into the future, not everyone is gonna love thor, i know it or cap or gotg or any other superhero film that are coming out but we should be glad that as fans of these characters that these films are ruling the box office and these characters are being cemented into the hearts of people around the word and for a new generationn and lets hope that continues for man, many more decades
TheManFromMars - 9/1/2013, 5:20 PM

Clint is a trained soldier and spent less time under Loki's control than Selvig did (remember: Loki had some influence over Selvig since the Thor After Credits scene which is about a year)

Clint probably won't have as much problem as Selvig.
Tainted87 - 9/1/2013, 5:23 PM
This experience has left the scientist traumatized and his former colleagues discover his current location by accident, when he is caught on national TV news, half naked at the ancient sacred site of Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, England. Stellan jokes of his predicament, “It was cold. I’d recommend clothes at Stonehenge. The English climate is not suitable for streaking!”

Tell that to your son, please.
StatenMan18 - 9/1/2013, 5:27 PM
That's a great point about a movies rewatchabilty and I wish I could enjoy them as most of my Friends did. It just seemed so out of place in terms of almost every superhero movie out there. I mean kickass was an action comedy and I loved it but the first marvel movies coming out back in 2000 are the ones I sort of idolize ( and iron man and the Incredible Hulk) I know it's 2013 and these movies have to appeal to a different audience. But it's over and that's that. Like you said I hope this just doesn't repeat itself.
ezio619 - 9/1/2013, 5:38 PM
statenman- thats the reason you did not enjoy it, it was unconventional and not what you would expect , which for some people is good or bad, i dont have the same feeling you have for the superhero films in the 2000s, i liked x1 and x2 but i am not a big fan of that franchise, i liked them for the most part and i am not a fan of the raimi trilogy, i enjoed because it was spiderman on the big screen but beyond that, not so much, lets hope the rest of pahse 2 is great
StatenMan18 - 9/1/2013, 5:54 PM
Out of the riami trilogy I can see why people don't like certain things about them. The first one was the best to me and while the second one was awesome with doc ock that's when the dramatic Mary Jane love this and that was interfering and the last two made tobey just an ok Peter Parker and had him pouting or just having at strange vibe so I feel you there. As for 2013 I thought wolverine and kickass 2 were the best.
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