Trailer Talk - Thor: The Dark World (2013)

I'm not sure if I've outright stated it here on my blog, but Thor may very well be my favorite of the Marvel Studios films thus far, and before you ask, yes, that's including last summer's The Avengers.  So it shouldn't be any surprise that I'm super stoked for this November's Thor: The Dark World, which will be the second installment to Marvel's Phase 2 of their cinematic universe (behind Iron Man 3, which is now just a week and a half away).
***EDIT - I was looking at my Countdown to the Avengers Posts this morning and realized that I had said that I would probably rank Thor at number two or maybe even number three if I were to rank all of the Marvel releases to date.  I obviously got a little caught up in my excitement for Thor: The Dark World when I originally wrote this post.  Either way, I very much enjoyed the first installment of Thor.***

The Dark World appears to be at least loosely based on part of Walt Simonson's epic run on Thor in the mid-'80's as the primary villain will be his Dark Elf character Malekith.  According to the plot synopsis released so far, Malekith is out to plunge the universe into darkness after the events of The Avengers.  Not only is Malekith a worthy opponent considering his place in Thor's comic continuity, but he is being played by the Ninth Doctor himself Christopher Eccleston, who makes a great addition to an already stacked cast.  Just about everyone returns from the first film (only Fandral has changed, Josh Dallas had a scheduling conflict so Zachary Levi takes his place).  Just in case you need a refresher that cast included Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Stellan Skarsgard (Dr. selvig), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), Jaimie Alexander (Sif), Tadanobu Asano (Hogun), Kat Dennings (Darcy), and Rene Russo (Frigga).  Now that's a cast worthy of wielding a Mjolnir-like yarn that is a Walt Simonson based story.  Even if the plot doesn't turn out to be Simonson-based, the use of his character should make things pretty entertaining.

As we learn more about Marvel's Phase 2, I am really enjoying how the sequels to the individual films are spinning out of the events of The Avengers, just as The Avengers was effected by the Phase 1 films.  With a little luck, this second round of films will be just as entertaining as the first.  If they are even half as good, it will be an amazing achievement to have pulled off the big screen equivalent to a major comics event.  It will be interesting to see what seeds are planted here that will play out in later Marvel Studios films.

We have to wait until November 8 for Thor: The Dark World.  That's a pretty good wait, but I'm sure it'll be here before we know it.  This first official trailer solidifies The Dark World's place on my Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013 list, and I can't wait to see more footage as future trailers are released.

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