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Thor: The Dark World Teaser Trailer Breakdown

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Thor has returned! After teaming up with Earth's Mightiest Heroes last year, Thor is back this November in another solo outing that sees him facing an enemy that threatens all nine of the Nine Realms - Earth included. The very first teaser trailer just took its bow online, so our Dan Jolin - the office's resident Dark World expert - cast his eye over the result to see what he could glean from these glimpses of footage...

Thor: The Dark World Teaser TrailerAh, London. Grey, smoggy London, complete with a suitably brown-watered Thames. No sun-dazzled New Mexico smalltowns in this Thor adventure. We’re very definitively in heavy-weather sequel territory now.

Thor: The Dark World Teaser TrailerYes, it’s a floating cement truck. This is our introduction to a fresh curiosity in the post-Avengers Marvel world, namely a gravimetric anomaly. In other words, something is up with the laws of physics. Sir Isaac Newton must be gently rotating in his grave. (Look closely and you’ll see that the truck belongs to Norman Emerson & Sons Ltd, a real construction company based in Northern Ireland.)

As Sir Tony/Odin intones the word “darkness” we have our first glimpse of the svartálfar, or dark elves, in their mighty ‘Ark’, set adrift by the Asgardians many millennia earlier. Note the distinctly Giger-esque design.

Greenwich’s Royal Naval College isn’t going to bear up well under the dark elf treatment, no matter how firmly Sir Christopher Wren laid those foundations. Greenwich is central to the Midgard-set portions of the movie; it’s here that Jane (Natalie Portman) now lives. Perhaps the subtitle should have been ‘Mean Time’…

Darcy (Kat Dennings) is back! And this time Jane’s intern has her own intern, as seen here. His name is Ian, and he’s played by Jonathan Howard, aka Gavin Moody in TV’s Dream Team.

Here’s the god himself, bedecked in new-look battle armour: rather more practical and realistic than the old Thor/Avengers get-up. Less, shall we say, “Shakespeare in the park”…

In true sequel style, it’s now the Earthling’s turn to be the fish out of water, with Jane whisked off to Asgard via, it seems, a conveniently placed cosmic wardrobe. Clearly she has forgiven Odinson for not looking her up when he was last in Midgard. To be fair, he was a bit busy…

The production moved to Iceland for a couple of weeks to film the Svartalfheim segments of the story. It is rather a desolate place.

Director Alan Taylor, producer Craig Kyle and Hemsworth himself promise they’re upping the ante with the battle scenes in this one. Here we see Thor putting his stormy hammer-whamming skills to good use during a conflict with a marauding enemy force in Vanaheim, one of the cosmic realms Asgard protects.

Enter Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), overlord of the svartálfar, who isn’t too happy about his aeons-long exile. The Chi’tauri were just after Earth; this rum customer’s wanting to rule all the Nine Realms — but not before, it would seem, doing something nasty and gravimetrically anomalous to poor Jane.

“You must be truly desparate to come to me for help…” Another sequel staple and in this case a welcome one: bringing the original bad guy onside against a greater foe. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki Laufeyson returns, but this time as a despondent prisoner-turned-uneasy ally. And allies don’t come much more uneasy than the god of mischief…