We’re a few months away from Marvel’s Phase Two coming into effect with ‘Iron Man 3’, but we’re getting some news about the second film on the schedule to be released later this year, ‘Thor: The Dark World‘. In their 2013 Superhero Preview issue, Empire Magazinge managed to squeeze out a few details from executive producer Craig Kyle to go with the first official photo from the set of the Asgardian Avenger’s next great adventure featuring star Chris Hemsworth and director Alan Taylor.

Some may find this next paragraph to contain SPOILERS so proceed with caution and skip to the next one.

According to the interview, Kyle says that ‘Thor: The Dark World’ will take place one year after the battle of New York in ‘The Avengers’ and two years after the first ‘Thor’ movie. When the film opens, we catch up with the mighty God of Thunder, who is “now a full-time general” because Asgard has been at war with the Nine Realms, as he battles the “rag-tag invaders known as The Maraunders”. You may recall that this is the same group that we first saw when the production first started shooting in Bourne Wood about four months ago. Meanwhile, while Thor is away, the Dark Elves, under the rule of Malekith the Accursed, invade Asgard and wreak havoc. It sounds like they won’t be wasting any time getting into the action.

The EP goes on to talk about the comic book movie genre and how they’re looking to change it up, specifically with the help of helmer Alan Taylor on the job:

“Like in ‘Indiana Jones’, while there’s high stakes and high danger, there’s always fun. We have to constantly redefine what a superhero film is or it’d just exhaust the audience. So Iron Man is the James Bond-y, classic, suave action hero; Captain America’s the period piece; Hulk is the monster movie; Avengers the disaster movie; and Thor is the science-fiction epic.

Expectations are high. By bringing director Alan Taylor into the mix, with his expertise on ‘The Sopranos’, ‘Mad Men’, and ‘Game Of Thrones’, we came up with a take that allows us to get more into the nooks and crannies of Asgard and its people. We spend more time on the ground with the commoners, as opposed to in the palace. It’s a very complicated blend [of genres: high science fiction, gritty fantasy, and realism]. Thor is, until ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ hits, by far our most wild, fringe Marvel piece. But that’s why it’s the Marvel Universe and not Marvel Earth!”

It sounds like we have some big things coming our way in the form of Marvel movies this year. What do you think about the new details for ‘Thor: The Dark World’? Do you agree with Executive Producer Craig Kyle’s comments about the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

‘Thor: The Dark World’, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Zachary Levi, and Anthony Hopkins, is scheduled to hit theaters on November 8, 2013.


Source: Empire Magazine (via CBM)