Thor: The Dark World (also known as Thor 2) is an upcoming American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It will be the sequel to 2011's Thor and the eighth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Alan Taylor directed the screenplay by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.
Development of Thor: The Dark World began in April 2011, when producer Kevin Feige announced plans for a sequel to follow the crossover film The Avengers. In July 2011, Kenneth Branagh, the director of Thor, withdrew from the project. Brian Kirk and Patty Jenkins were considered to direct the film before Taylor was hired in January 2012. The supporting cast filled out in August 2012, with the hiring of Eccleston, Dennings and Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Principal photography began in September 2012 in Surrey, England with filming continuing in Iceland and London, before wrapping up in December 2012. Like the first film, Thor: The Dark World will be converted to 3D in post-production.
One year after the events of The Avengers, Thor battles to save the Nine Realms from a mysterious enemy older than the universe itself. A primeval race led by Malekith, who is out for revenge, intends to plunge the universe into darkness. Confronted by an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot overcome, Thor must reunite with Jane Foster and set out on a dangerous journey that will force him to make the ultimate sacrifice.
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor:
- Natalie Portman as Jane Foster:
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki:
- Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Erik Selvig: Foster's mentor and fellow scientist.
- Idris Elba as Heimdall:
- Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed: The ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim.
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algrim the Strong / Kurse:
- Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis: Foster's research assistant.
- Ray Stevenson as Volstagg:
- Zachary Levi as Fandral:
- Tadanobu Asano as Hogun:
- Jaimie Alexander as Sif:
- Rene Russo as Frigga:
- Anthony Hopkins as Odin:
Thor: The Dark World is scheduled to be released on November 8, 2013 in the United States.