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15 July 2012  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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Thor: The Dark World

If, like Empire, you have a calendar on your wall, you may have a red circle ringed around November 8, 2013, and April 4, 2014. Those dates mark the release of two major Marvel sequels. You may have even noted their titles on the calendar – Thor 2 and Captain America 2, respectively.

Well, get out the Tipp-Ex, walk up to your calendar, and replace those with, again respectively, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The move away from a simple numbered sequel, given that Marvel are hard at work on Iron Man 3, is certainly intriguing, and helps foster the idea that these movies are part of a richer, grander universe filled with continuing stories and not just numbered instalments.

The Thor title change tallies with suggestions made recently to Empire by Feige, indicating that the sequel will explore the seedier side of Asgard. The Dark World certainly hints at a new direction for the character and the series. The first film had its melodramatic moments, but by and large it was a romp. It will be interesting to see Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder grappling with darkness from within and without.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The title of the Captain America sequel, currently being prepped by directors the Brothers Russo is also intriguing. It’s a clear reference to a recent arc in the comic books, in which Cap’s dear old supposedly dead chum, Bucky (played by Sebastian Stan in the movie), returns as a brainwashed Russian assassin called The Winter Soldier.

The questions thrown up by the title change are many: will we see the return of Bucky, last seen plummeting off a train hurtling along a snow-covered mountain? If so, how? How can he show up in the present day? Is the idea of a Russian-controlled bad guy somewhat out of date? Are Marvel beginning to plan ahead for any eventualities, or a Chris Evans-free future, given that Bucky is currently Captain America in the comics (just as Rhodes has donned the suit occasionally in Iron Man)?

We have no answers at this point – only questions - but we’re going to have a lot of fun finding out.


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I was hoping for a more dynamic approach...like THOR: Journey into Mysteryand Captain America Part II: The Adventure continues....
Those other titles inject to much heaviness and weight which is quite a mouthful.... More

Posted by GALLYMOO at 20:19 on 16 July 2012 | Report This Post

We know that the movies can borrow and change the storylines to suit the plot so we can expect a decent telling of the story. I wonder if iron man and falcon will feature. More

Posted by simpwalker at 19:01 on 15 July 2012 | Report This Post

Yeah, Bucky being The Winter Solider happened DURING the cold war, but Bucky didn't reappear until ten years ago. So they can EASILY use the storyline. More

Posted by clarkkent at 15:57 on 15 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Spoilrt alert
Actually Bucky isnt dead in the comics. Sin only wounded him. Nick Fury realised that it would be a perfect opportunity for him to fake Buckys death in order to get the Russians and other authorities off his back. Nick Fury used a life model to convince people that Bucky is dead. The only people who know is Nick Fury and Black Widow. Shortly after "Fear Itself" the plot was revealed to Steve Rodgers. Bucky has gone back to being the Winter Soldier again but this time works for the Americans tak More

Posted by Monkeyspoon at 15:47 on 15 July 2012 | Report This Post

Spoilrt alert
Bucky is "dead" in the comics atm having been killed by the red skulls daughter Sin. More

Posted by savewash at 14:50 on 15 July 2012 | Report This Post

Bucky hasn't been Cap since 2011.
Keep up Empire! More

Posted by loafroaster at 12:07 on 15 July 2012 | Report This Post

Get it right
Empire, seriously you call Thor the dark world 2 different titles in the same article.... But it's the captain america bit that riles me. Bucky was seen falling along the mountains towards a river/lake, if he survived (Which the winter soldier title suggests), they would probably go down the same route as the comicbook storyline. If you read the storyline from the comics you'd understand that being a russian controlled assassin doesn't directly refer to the world as it is now. And forget about t More

Posted by roobear33 at 10:40 on 15 July 2012 | Report This Post

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