With the announcement of Thor 2‘s subtitle The Dark World this past weekend at Comic-Con, many have been trying to decipher just what the hell it means. While not as obvious asCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, there has been plenty of speculation as to just who the mighty god of Asgard will be fighting in the highly anticipated sequel. Now thankfully, an interview with a stuntman has been unearthed from just last month and it seems that should the source be correct than we may know just who Thor will be trying to smack with Mjolnir next.
I Review Too (via CBM) has reportedly interviewed stuntman James Grogan who in the middle of the piece says “The other day for example, this is quite random but I was working onThor 2. I had a load of stunt guys in and the director came in and he said ‘Look, we want you all to be elves,’ and I was like ‘What the hell is an elf anyway?’ and he said ‘I want you all to walk around like these supernatural animals,’ honestly it was the most ridiculous thing ever but you just have to not be self aware and get on with it.”
Combining the subtitle and the elf info, CBM thankfully put two-and-two together to equal a race in the Marvel comics known as The Dark Elves. These Elves are actually led by one central villain Malekith the Accursed who at one point in the history of Marvel teamed up with Loki in order acquire the object that had once been under his possession The Casket of Ancient Winters. The object was used in the first film, seen above, and Malekith considered it his greatest weapon that he ever held.
The big question is whether or not Marvel would dare go this route once more. With the Casket of Ancient Winters a big plot point of the first film regarding the Frost Giants teaming up with Loki, it seems that another plot centered around the same object and yet another villain having ties to the now-war-criminal Loki would just be a rehash along the same lines. Odin’s armory in Asgard is sure to remain a central piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the time being (especially with the Infinity Gauntlet and Cosmic Cube locked down within it), but going for the same exact item just feels a bit tiring.
Then again the following excerpt from Malekith’s story does sounds different enough to at least make up a great sequel (via Wikipedia):
Malekith struck an alliance with Loki on behalf of the fire demon Surtur. He took control of a number of Earth humans using special food of the faerie provided by Hela. Malekith then killed Eric Willis, guardian of the Casket of Ancient Winters, after learning its location. As Master of the Hounds, Malekith hunted down Roger Willis, Eric’s son and new guardian of the Casket. Malekith battled Thor, and kidnapped Lorelei. Using Lorelei as bait, Malekith forced Thor to battle Algrim the Strong, one of his Dark Elf followers, then attempted to destroy both combatants by plunging them into a pool of magma. He then captured the Casket of Ancient Winters from Roger Willis. Malekith was ultimately defeated by Thor, but not before he destroyed the Casket of Ancient Winters, releasing magical frigid force all over the Earth. Malekith was then brought as a captive by Thor to Asgard.
Thor: The Dark World is currently starting to film in London under new director Alan Taylor, and will star Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Stellan Skarsgard, and others. Currently the sequel is set for release on November 8th 2013.