The Odinson has returned.
Earlier this morning, the first trailer for the Marvel Studios film Thor: The Dark World debuted online, giving us our first good look at the sequel to 2011's Thor starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman. The official synopsis for the film:
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.
The trailer opens with a voiceover from Sir Anthony Hopkins, reprising his role as Odin, the All-Father of Asgard. "Some believe that before the universe, there was nothing. They're wrong. There was darkness...and it has survived."
We see a gigantic stalactite-shaped object carving a path of destruction through the University of Greenwich in London, where Thor's astrophysicist love interest Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her research assistant Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) are apparently still trying to find a way to get Jane to Asgard.
Well, guess which God of Thunder finally decides to show up. "I gave you my word I would return," Thor tells her in another voiceover. He takes Jane into his arms and tells her to hold on as a familiar beam of energy transports them both to Asgard, leaving Darcy behind.
"We're from different worlds," remarks Jane as Thor shows her around the Golden Realm. "Maybe they're separate for a reason."
As the growing menace looms, Thor pleads to Odin for action. "If we do nothing, they'll destroy us." We then see Thor in the midst of a battle involving Asgardian warriors creating a shockwave from the force of his hammer Mjolnir striking the ground.
A voiceover from Christopher Eccleston's character Malekith follows. "Ask yourself, what will you sacrifice for what you believe?" he says as we see Jane suspended in mid-air, captive by some mystical force of Malekith. As you might expect, an anguished Thor drops to his knees and bellows "NOOOOO!!!"
And just to make things even more interesting, we cut to a prison cell within Asgard and find Thor's adopted brother Loki Laufeyson inside, with considerably longer hair but still as arrogant as ever. "You must be truly desperate to come to me for help," he remarks.
"You should know that when you betray me, I will kill you," replies Thor.
"When do we start...?"
Thor: The Dark World arrives in theaters on November 8, 2013. You can view the trailer below thanks to the Jo Blo Movie Network...