Thor: The Dark World Trivia(Total Trivia Entries: 100)
“One son who wanted the throne too much, another who will not take it.”
Joss Whedon was brought in to do uncredited rewrites for a few scenes. To find out more trivia keep on reading.
Casting Screenplay & Production
Chris Hemsworth reprised his role as Thor, the crowned prince of Asgard, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name. Hemsworth stated that this film addresses unresolved issues, “For Thor and Jane, there are some unanswered questions now, since obviously he didn’t stop in and catch up with her in The Avengers. Thor might have some explaining to do in this one. And with Loki, we get down to the major bones of our conflict with everything that’s come from Thor to Avengers to now.” He also commented, “Thor’s journey I think picks more so up from where we left the first one; bout to take on the throne and now coming to the realization of what responsibility comes with that. Also, Alan keeps talking about the dark side of that responsibility, and the secrets of being king or becoming sort of very political about what people need to know and what they want to know.”
With regard to Thor’s relationship with his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Hemsworth stated, “The conflict between Thor and Odin was so great in the first one… so, certainly they disagree as I think they always will at times but there’s a far greater respect from each other. So it becomes, I guess, a more mature conversation, but there’s more at stake this time, too. It’s not sort of just their individual egos, the whole universe is at stake.”
Producer Kevin Feige described Jane’s role in this movie, “While Thor was a fish out of water on Earth in the first two films (Thor and The Avengers), this time Jane is very much a fish out of water in Asgard.” Portman also commented, “It was a whole different adventure this time. Because Jane is the fish out of water. I didn’t want to make it like Bill & Ted, or like a valley girl dumped into Shakespeareland.” Portman also said the film finds Jane at a different place in her life, “Jane has moved, so she’s now in London, not in Santa Fe anymore. Obviously she has gone through missing Thor and also being upset at him because he didn’t come knock on her door when he was on her planet. She’s definitely been getting over that and trying to move on.”
In September 2011, Tom Hiddleston confirmed he would return in the sequel. Later he stated on where he wished to take the character in this film, “I’d like to take Loki to his absolute rock bottom. I’d like to see him yield, essentially, to his darkest instincts. Then, having hit rock bottom, maybe come back up. I think the fascination for me about playing Loki is that, in the history of the mythology and the comic books and the Scandinavian myths, is he’s constantly dancing on this fault line of the dark side and redemption.” Hiddleston recalled, “When I met Alan Taylor, he asked me how I thought I could do Loki again without repeating myself and I remembered talking with Kevin Feige when we were on The Avengers promotional tour. I said, ‘OK, you’ve seen Thor and Loki be antagonistic for two films now. It would be amazing to see them fight side by side. I’ve been the bad guy now twice, so I can’t be again, or otherwise I shouldn’t be in the film. So we have to find a new role for me to play.”
Hiddleston describes Loki as a “firework” in this film, he stated, “Well, where next? What’s he going to do? What level of remorse does he have? If he does have any remorse or regret, why? Who does he feel guilty in front of, and who does he laugh in the face of? What’s his motivation? If he stands to win, what does he stand to win? As a character you’ve got all these new motivations, but as an actor I am absolved from playing hero or villain, I’m just the live wire. And that was more fun than I can possibly tell you.”
Hiddleston also noted his complex, arrogant, and witty character, “He’s still selfish and vain and arrogant and proud, but he’s also elegant and amusing. He’s so full of charisma, and that’s why I love playing him; he’s not an all-out bad guy. He’s someone who knows his true nature and is having a really good time; there is an element of delight and joy at being bad.” Director Alan Taylor added, “When we started we knew that Loki was going to be an important part of it because of the brother relationship that was created in the first film and is one of the main engines of the Thor movies. We’ve always been aware of his vulnerability and the fact that he is evil. But there ¡s a conflict in him, so now we get to see that other side of him emerge more fully.”
On his role as Odin, Anthony Hopkins stated, “I just play Odin like a human being, with maybe a little more dimension. I grow a beard, look hopefully impressive and keep it as real as possible.”
Stellan Skarsgård described his character’s role in this film, “He’s there because he’s investigating some interesting radiation, outer space activity.” Selvig re-teams with Darcy and Jane and although his eccentric and odd behavior continues, he forms a vital part of the team and their understanding of Malekith’s evil intent. The three actors formed a strong bond on Thor (2011) with the majority of their scenes played together. Skarsgård recalls, “I spent so much time together with Kat and Natalie in a very small car in Santa Fe when we did the first film. I became one of the girls. And I heard things no man has ever heard before! So it’s really nice teaming up with them again.”
Before Christopher Eccleston was cast Mads Mikkelsen was considered for the role of Malekith, but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with the filming of the TV show, Hannibal (2013).
Christopher Eccleston described his character Malekith as a tragic villain, he stated, “There is a kind of tragic quality to his quest. Because he’s lost his wife, he’s lost his children. He’s lost everything. And he returns for revenge. And the agent for his revenge is the Aether. If he gets hold of that, he is omnipotent.” He continued, “What I thought about a great deal was revenge. There’s huge amounts of revenge. One quote is: ‘When you seek revenge, be sure to dig two graves.’ I did a film called Revengers Tragedy (2002) where I played a guy called Vindici, from the word ‘vindictive’, and he is the distillation of revenge. So, in a way, that was what I had to think of: how revenge can make you absolutely monomaniacal, though you’re still trying to make it recognizably motive-led. It’s just the personification of movie evil.”
Director Alan Taylor stated that a lot of scenes involving Malekith’s back story had to be cut from the film to make it more efficient.
Reportedly Christopher Eccleston underwent six hours of make-up and 45 minutes in wardrobe in order complete Malekith’s look.
Kat Dennings describes Darcy’s role in this film as a matchmaker, she commented “She loves Jane, she really wants Jane and Thor to be together. It’s almost like her own little soap opera that she watches.”
During end of September 2013, Jaimie Alexander (Sif) was severely injured on the London film set. She stated, “It was raining, it was dark outside, it was like 5 in the morning, and I went down a metal staircase and slipped and slipped a disc in my thoracic spine and chipped 11 of my vertebrae. I knocked my left shoulder out of place and tore my rhomboid on my right side. It took me out of filming for a month!”
On her character’s role in this film Alexander stated, “I really tried to bring a little bit more vulnerability in this film. Sif is very much in love with Thor and very much cares about his well-being. So she kicks a lot of butt in this movie but she also opens her heart a lot.”
Josh Dallas was set to return as Fandral but due to his commitment with TV show Once Upon a Time (2011) he could not return. He was replaced with Zachary Levi, who was in fact the original choice for the role in the first film but had to bow out due to his commitment on Chuck (2007).
Levi compared the character to Flynn Rider, the character he played in the animated feature, Tangled (2010). He stated, “Fandral is a little similar to Rider in some ways, he’s like this Lothario. He’s like Errol Flynn. He loves ladies, as do I”. Regarding the dynamic of the Warriors Three, Levi said, “The Warriors Three are here to support Thor. We are his confidants, his best friends. We’ve all grown up together in a lot of ways and fought many a battle together, escaped death. To me it’s the way best friends ought to be, they’re there when you need to talk and they’re there if you don’t want to talk, and they’re there if you need to escape from your father’s place in a flying skiff!”
In order to stay true to the comic character, Fandral, Levi died his natural brown hair to blond. He explained, “I naturally have really dark brown hair and we weren’t sure if we could dye it or if it would work and there was discussion about it possibly being a lighter brown and I said, ‘no, no, no, no, he’s blond, he’s blond.’ The only things I have ever wanted to say regarding input towards the character are to stay true to the characters as they are represented in the comic books.”
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje described Kurse as “an amalgamation of a bull and a lava-like creature. He has very animalistic tendencies but with this insatiable and unstoppable power. As an actor, that’s one of the hardest things to embody. You have to realize you are probably the most powerful thing you could imagine. And you have to be that. You can’t pretend, so that when you face Thor, it’s real.”
About the character Akinnuoye-Agbaje said, “I suppose Algrim and Kurse would be the quintessential baddies, but in reality they are what I perceive as the scorn and the victims of the story. They are the elves who have basically lost their planet and their race to another race, the Asgardians. Here is a man/alien who places a noble objective beyond his own life and I think there is something extremely inspiring about that because he looks at the bigger picture and sees himself as a means to that end.” He added, “I worked with director Alan Taylor in trying to maintain Algrim’s humanity all the way throughout Kurse’s transformation, so that even when you see Kurse the beast, you can still relate to him as being Algrim inside. And symbolically we did that by keeping the same piercing blue eyes throughout.”
For his role he underwent a daily three hours of make-up and had to put on heavy duty prosthetics. He stated, “The outfit weighed about 40 pounds. I’m sure there will be a certain amount of CGI but a good 80% was me in that suit.”
Apparently director Alan Taylor was so impressed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s performance as Kurse that he got Adewale to do all his own stunts because the stunt men did not move the same way as he did.
Stan Lee made his usual cameo in this film as a patient in a mental ward who asks Selvig for his shoe back when Selvig is explaining the Convergence theory.
Screenplay & Production Casting
In April 2011 before the release of Thor (2011), Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated that following The Avengers (2012), “Thor will go off into a new adventure.” Director of Thor (2011) Kenneth Branagh responded, saying, “It is kind of news to me. Here’s what I would say to that: It’s that I’m thrilled they’re that confident. I shall wait for the audience to tell us whether there should be a second one, and then if that’s a nice conversation to be had among all of us, that’d be thrilling. But I’ve got too much Irish superstitious blood in me to assume that Thor 2 will happen. But if Marvel says so, then I guess it must be true”.
Later Feige explained that Marvel Studios would gauge how well Thor (2011) did at the box office before announcing sequels, but stated, “Don Payne is working on story ideas for a part two. We’ve got various options with Ken to discuss coming back, but right now the focus is on the first one. Don is, slowly but surely, thinking about where to take the character next should we be so lucky”.
In June 2011, Walt Disney Studios confirmed the release date to be set in July 2013 for the Thor sequel and that Chris Hemsworth would be reprising his role. It was also reported that Kenneth Branagh would not be returning as director.
Apparently Kenneth Branagh turned down directing due to the long commitment necessary for a special effects-heavy epic and the pressure to start the script process right away. He felt that the locked release date wouldn’t give him enough pre-production time. Instead he decided to work on Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).
In August 2011, Brian Kirk entered was in negotiations to direct this sequel. The film would be Kirk’s first time directing a big-budget motion picture, after having directed television series for HBO, Showtime and the BBC, including Game of Thrones (2011). However, Kirk passed on directing due to contractual sticking points that arose during negotiations.
In September 2011 Patty Jenkins, the director of Monster (2003) and the pilot episode of TV series The Killing (2011), entered into negotiations to direct the film and on October 13, 2011 Marvel officially announced Jenkins as director for this film. However, in December 2011, she backed out of the project due to “creative differences”. She stated, “I have had a great time working at Marvel. We parted on very good terms, and I look forward to working with them again.”
Apparently Natalie Portman was so upset Marvel and Jenkins could not resolve their issues that she refused to return for the sequel but was forced to return due to her contract.
Also on October 13, 2011, Disney moved the release date for the film to November 15, 2013. But at the end of May 2012 Disney moved up the release date a week ahead to November 8, 2013.
At the end of December 2011, Alan Taylor, best known for directing episodes of TV series Game of Thrones (2011), was chosen to direct the sequel. Producer Kevin Feige stated, “We landed on Alan Taylor due to his spectacular television work on everything from Mad Men to Boardwalk Empire to Game of Thrones, because one of the things we wanted to do on this film was to delve a little deeper into the other nine worlds and to spend more time on Asgard at street level. With Alan’s direction we got a few more layers of patina, of texture, of reality into our golden realm.”
On comparing the story of this film with the popular TV series Games of Thrones (2011), director Alan Taylor stated, “In both cases, it’s using the conceit of a fantastical, alien world to make fresh what is really a domestic drama. In Game of Thrones, seeing Tyrion battle with his sister Cersei, seeing the relationships between children and their fathers… It’s all the stuff we’re interested in at a psychological level because we’re living it all the time. But it takes place in this otherwise fantastical, foreign realm. I think the same thing is true in Thor. The brilliant thing Ken Branagh did in launching it was making it very much a story about two brothers, a story about brothers competing for the love of their father. So it’s small, confined and human at the same time it’s this blown-out, intergalactic world.”
On the differences of his direction on this film and Branagh’s approach on the first film, Taylor stated, “The main difference I have is really to do with look and tone. Things look really dirty. The first Thor was quite shiny and it was a very conscious, smart choice. When I came in, I wanted to get more of a sense of the Norse mythology: the Viking quality, the texture and weight of the history. He’s a superhero, but he’s been around for thousands of years. His dad is God!”
Kramer Morgenthau, who worked with Taylor on Game of Thrones (2011), was brought in as the director of photography. Morgenthau stated, “We wanted a grittier, boots-on-the- ground feeling, inspired by what Alan and I had done on Game of Thrones. We wanted the realms to feel grounded, like a real place, while at the same time respecting the magical ‘planet of the Gods’ feeling and theme.” Also this film was Morgenthau’s first time shooting a feature film digitally. For the film, Morgenthau chose the Arri Alexa Plus, in addition Red Epic and Canon EOS 5D Mark II cameras were used for second unit filming. With the Alexa, Morgenthau used Panavision anamorphic lenses. Morgenthau said, “The lenses brought some of the magic and mystery of photochemical back to digital, that big-movie look.” Morgenthau also stated that this film was easily the most technically complex project that he has worked but stated, “It’s all the same concept and the same principles as in a smaller film. You just scale it up. You do a lot more prep. We had three months of prep and loads of time to pre-rig stages. Part of it is having a really good crew, it’s definitely not a one-man show.”
In January 2012, it was reported that Marvel Studios hired Saving Private Ryan (1998) screenwriter Robert Rodat to rewrite the sequel.
In April 2012, Chris Hemsworth confirmed that filming was scheduled to begin in August 2012, in London, England. Hemsworth also revealed that the film would have a more Viking-influenced feel, stating, “I think the science fiction element to Thor, the danger is it falls a little bit into the world of it’s ‘tough to throw a light to.’ I think of big waterfalls and mountains and a Viking influence, where the Norse mythology kind of grew from. Having that in Asgard is going to make it all the more special and that’s what Alan Taylor wants to bring to it.”
At the end of July 2012, residents near Bourne Wood in Surrey, England were notified that a film going by the working title, Thursday Mourning would be filming in the area. Comic Book Resources then confirmed that Thursday Mourning was in fact Thor: The Dark World.
At the end of August 2012 the film crew began set construction at Stonehenge near Amesbury, England.
on September 10, 2012 principal photography began in Bourne Wood, Surrey. At the end of the month, Jaimie Alexander (Sif) was injured on the London film set, after she slipped while walking in the rain.
On October 12, 2012, production moved to Iceland with filming taking place in Dómadalur, Skógafoss, Fjaðrárgljúfur and Skeiðarársandur. Iceland Review described the shoot as being among the most extensive film projects to have ever taken place in Iceland.
In late October 2012, filming began at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London. Filming also took place at Shepperton Studios in Surrey between October and December 2012. Other filming locations included Wembley, Borough Market, Hayes and Stonehenge.
Before sending helicopters to film over historic Greenwich, on a quiet Sunday morning, the location crew dropped 4,000 letters in the area: 2,000 on one side of the river and 2,000 on the other side of the river, explaining to the residents what was going to be happening.
On December 14, 2012 principal photography wrapped.
In April 2013, it was revealed that Carter Burwell would score the film. However, in May 2013, Burwell left the film over creative differences. In June 2013, Marvel hired Iron Man 3 (2013) composer Brian Tyler.
In July 2013, it was reported that reshoots were being done on the film.
In August 2013, Taylor said he shot extra scenes with Hiddleston and was about to shoot more with Hopkins. Taylor explained that it was all a part of the “Marvel process” saying, “We’re doing full scenes, scenes that were not in the movie before. We’re adding scenes, creating scenes, writing scenes for the first time. The one involving Loki was a fun connective scene. We realized how well Loki was working in the movie, and we wanted to do more with him. So it was that kind of thing, it was like, ‘Oh, we could do this, we could jam this in here’ because he’s such a wonderful guy to watch do his stuff.”
In a September 2013 Taylor confirmed in an interview that The Avengers (2012) writer/director Joss Whedon rewrote several scenes in the film. He explained, “Joss came in to save our lives a couple of times. We had a major scene that was not working on the page at all in London, and he basically got airlifted in, like a SWAT team or something. He came down, rewrote the scene, and before he got back to his plane I sort of grabbed him and said, ‘And this scene and this scene?’ And he rewrote two other scenes that I thought had problems.”
The scenes that Joss Whedon was brought in to do uncredited rewrites for included Thor’s encounter with the giant stone creature, which was originally a much longer scene, and Loki masquerading as Captain America in a hallway conversation with Thor.
In November 2013, producer Kevin Feige stated that the film was intended to be the conclusion of the “Loki trilogy”, which examined the relationship of Thor and Loki throughout Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012) and this film.
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