Pre-production for Thor 2 is well underway with all of the principal cast returning and Game of Thrones’ director Alan Taylor set to take over directing duties. A couple of months ago Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, revealed that shooting starts in August 2012 and that this Marvel sequel will have a stronger Norse influence and Viking-centric feel. In the past few weeks we’ve even heard news of which new faces are due to appear with Zachary Levi stepping into the boots of Fandral and Danish powerhouse Mads Mikkelsen in line to play one of the movie’s big baddies. This much we know.
However what we don’t know is which intergalactic foe or group of foes The Mighty Thor will be aiming his hammer at. Thanks to a brief chat with Hollywood stunt man James Grogan, we may have our answer. Whilst discussing the importance of acting chops in stunt work, Grogan related the experience to a certain Marvel film that he’s currently training for. “The other day for example, this is quite random but I was working on Thor 2,” he explains, “I had a load of stunt guys in and the director came in and he said ‘Look, we want you all to be elves,’ and I was like ‘What the hell is an elf anyway?’ and he said ‘I want you all to walk around like these supernatural animals,’ honestly it was the most ridiculous thing ever but you just have to not be self aware and get on with it.”
Whilst not giving away too much, this does reveal that Thor will indeed encounter elves in the 2013 sequel. This in turn would support DirectorsLive.com‘s theory that Mads Mikkelson could be playing Malekith The Accursed a super villain and ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartlalfheim. In the Marvel universe Malekith is described as having a keen intellect and super human strength and speed, he also has the ability to teleport and project energy. This elf villain first appeared back in Thor #344 with his most prominent story arc involving an alliance with Loki in order to secure the Casket of Ancient Winters, a weapon which allows its owner to control the icy conditions of the Niflheim and gradually grow younger. It’s important to note that there are a number of different elves in the Thor universe (both good and bad) and that this is just one possible story route screenwriter Robert Rodat could have chosen to explore. Will Malekith The Accursed feel the thwack of Thor’s hammer? Only time will tell.
Thor 2 is set for release on November 15th 2013.
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