Thor: The Dark World Teaser Online

'I gave you my word I would return'

A first look at Thor: The Dark World has arrived online this morning, and it's looking like things will indeed be bigger, badder and a fair bit darker for the sequel to 2011's Norse blockbuster.

brightcove.createExperiences();This time, Chris Hemsworth's Thor is back on Earth to defend us all against the deadly forces of Malkeith (Christopher Eccleston), leader of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. Well, at the very least he's here to pick up Natalie Portman and get her out of harm's way, which we suppose is close enough. And it looks from this like he's going to need help from his disgraced brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Hooray! Er. We mean, boo hiss. Let's hope he gets hold of his horned helmet and/or some hair conditioner soon.

The whole thing is directed by Game Of Thrones' Alan Taylor - which perhaps explains all those warm looking cloaks (after all, winter is coming) - and also stars Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Jaime Alexander, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Tadanobu Asano. {Thor The Dark World Poster}

Thor: The Dark World hits cinemas on November 1, and we're guessing that this teaser trailer could well hit the big screen ahead of stablemate Iron Man 3 this very week.