Marvel's Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 live-action superhero film produced by 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios respectively. It is a follow up to the the 2011 film Thor and the 2012 ensemble film The Avengers. It is the overall eleventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the second film of Phase 2.
After the success of Thor, a sequel was announced in late 2011 to be in development for early Phase 2, after upcoming The Avengers movie. Kenneth Branagh cited interest in directing the sequel, however do to producing another film he was unable to be picked up by Marvel. In early 2012, Kevin Feige announced that popular film director Alan Taylor was hired to helm the film the next Thor film, succeeding Branagh. Taylor made it clear in interviews that he had a desire to delve deep into the mythology of the Thor character by exploring the classic Walt Simonson run. These ideas began to quickly gain traction with Marvel after The Avengers successful 1.5 billion dollar box office success.
The main villain of the film was confirmed to be the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim with their leader Malekith being played by Doctor Who veteran actor Christopher Eccleston, with the movie dropping numerical sequels opting to instead go with the extended title Thor: The Dark World. Side by side with the announcement was that the movie would be inspired mainly from the Ballad of Beta-Ray Bill story arc with the titular character making a debut in the film, played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, and Jaimie Alexander were all announced to be reprising their roles for the sequel. At Comic Con Kevin Feige also confirmed that Tom Hiddleston would be returning in his role as Loki from The Avengers directly into the movie.
Principle filming occurred in mid-2012 and the film was released November 8th 2013.
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor
- Christopher Eccleston as Malekith
- Ian Whyte as Algrim/Kurse
- Conan Stevens as Ulik the Rock Troll
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Beta Ray Bill
- Stellan Skarsgard as Heimdall
- Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif
- Anthony Hopkins as Odin
- Rene Russo as Frigga
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki
- Ray Stevenson as Balder the Brave
- Peter Dinklage as Eitri
- Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
- Morgan Freeman as Marcus Stone
- Holt McCallany as Volstagg
- Josh Dallas as Fandral
- Tadanobu Asano as Hogun
- Vladimir Kulich as Bor (Flashback)
- Manu Bennett as Kraw the Uncontrollable (Flashback)
- Benicio Del Toro as Taneleer Tivan/The Collector (Cameo)