#DONFACT: Thor is my favourite of the solo Marvel movies to date. And despite the shonky posters, and director Kenneth Branagh being absent for this next instalment, the positioning of Alan Taylor at the helm makes me think this could be even flyer. Dude directed some of the best episodes of Oz, The Sopranos, Carninvalé, Deadwood, Mad Men and Game Of Thrones, all of which have been greater artworks than 98.76% of Hollywood movies released since 1983. With that said, I now hand over to Jenny Wise, who will aid us with a righteous steeling ahead of the unleashing of The Dark World. - ATD
The end of October this year will see the release of Thor: The Dark World, the eighth of the Marvel films and third dealing with Thor and Loki's difficult relationship. As we look forward to its release, let's have a little recap of what has happened so far in their world.
In 970 AD, Odin waged war against the Frost Giants of Jotunheim as well as their terrible leader Laufey, in order to stop them from conquering the nine realms, starting with earth. After defeating the monsters and seizing the source of their power, the Casket of Ancient Winters, he retreated to Asgard and a truce was maintained for many years.
In the present day, the crown prince Thor, a mighty hero, is about the ascend to the throne when the Frost Giants attack once more in an effort to get back their Casket; although they fail, Thor sees it as breaking their truce, and against the wishes of his father and king he takes his childhood friend Sif, his brother Loki and the Warriors Three to confront Laufey, inadvertently re-starting the war between the two races. Thor is stripped of his godly powers and exiled to earth, with his only chance of going home to become worthy enough again to wield his Hammer Mjølner. Thor is found by the scientist Jane Foster and her crew in Mexico, while Mjølner comes into the possession of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Coulson.
Back in Asgard, the stresses of the renewed war have driven Odin into a comatose sleep, and Loki finds himself stepping up to the throne. But when he finds out that he is adopted and actually the son of Laufey, he makes a deal with his biological father to allow him to kill Odin and take back the Casket but betrays and kills him instead in a plot to secure the respect of Odin. When Thor's friends follow him to earth, Loki sends the golem The Destroyer after them and when he sacrifices himself, Thor is finally able to take control of Mjølner once more, destroying The Destroyer and returning to Asgard. In order to prevent Loki from wiping out Jotunheim, Thor destroys the Bifrost Bridge, separating him from his love Jane Foster.
The Avengers Assemble (2012)
Nick Fury brings Dr Erik Solvig, Jane Foster's colleague, into a remote research facility to examine the Tesseract, an energy source of limitless power, but when Loki steps through a portal in space he takes control of the device. Using his sceptre to control the minds of humans, Fury decides to reactive the Avengers Initiative to fight this new threat. When they find Loki in England, demanding worship from the public, he surrenders to the team a little too easily and his captured in the Helicarrier, a prison designed to contain the Hulk. Thor tries to reason with Loki and fails, but Agent Romanoff discovers from the prisoner that he plans on using the Hulk to tear the group apart – which he does by causing Banner to panic and using the distraction to escape from his cell, trap Thor and kill Agent Coulson. The last we saw of Loki, he was in an Asgardian prison, and the Tesseract was safe within Odin's control.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
The next film promises to deal more with the complexity of its characters, and will see Jane Foster as the fish out of water in Asgard, whereas Thor will be much more in his element. Battlefield scenes have already been revealed with some impressive fight sequences, but if you can't wait till the 30th for the excitement of the Hammered God you can revisit the other films, play free thor slots or just enjoy the trailers for the upcoming feature. It looks to be one of the darkest and grittiest Marvel films yet, from director Alan Taylor, who has worked on several episodes of the popular television show Game of Thrones.