Last weekend, Marvel released a lot of news about their upcoming movies, but while they announced the sequel to Thor would be callled Thor: The Dark World, they didn’t have much to say about the plot. However now it appears we know who the villains are for the film, which begins shooting this August.
The movie is said to have to have a stronger Norse influence, and will have a very ‘Viking’ centric vibe. Mads Mikkelsen was originally set to play the villain, but recently dropped out. While we don’t know who is replacing him just yet, we now have an idea about whom he was set to play. In an interview with I Review Too that dates back to early June (dug up by Comic Book Movie), stuntman James Grogan let it slip that Thor will be going up against the Dark Elves of Svartlalfheim in the movie. Which makes sense, considering the new title revealed during Comic-Con 2012.
Here is what Grogan had to say, “The other day for example, this is quite random but I was working on Thor: The Dark World. 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.”
This has led to speculation that Mads Mikkelsen was cast to play Malekith The Accursed, ruler of the Dark Elves, and a not very friendly guy. This blue, pointed-eared villain has super human strength and speed, along with the ability to teleport and project energy. Malekith’s biggest storyline in the comics finds him teaming up with Loki to retrieve the Casket of Ancient Winters, which allows its user to control the icy weather conditions on Niflheim. It also makes its user younger.
Of course, this plotline has not yet been confirmed by the studio. Thor: The Dark World comes to theaters November 8th, 2013.