So far in the Marvel movies, despite the gods and aliens, we’ve only really seen three of the nine worlds of Asgard (see pic below, courtesy of marvel.com) but it looks like we may visit all nine in Thor: The Dark World
So far we’ve seen Midgard (Earth), Asgaard (home of Thor) and Jotunheim (home of the Frost Giants). But tvandmovienews think that, by piecing together casting reports and set photos, they’ve worked out director Alan Taylor will introduce at least two, but as many as four – completing all the realms onscreen – in the sequel.
At Cinema Expo 2012 in Russia, Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios presented Thor 2 concept art: “At the presentation, we were presented concept art from which it was possible to understand the scenery of the film will fill the space. The film promises to cover not only the Earth and Asgard, but also all the nine worlds. The studio hopes that the director Alan Taylor, who has experience creating fantasy series, perfectly cope with the task of building the mythical world in the new movie about the god with the hammer.”
Tvandfilmnews write: “Casting calls for extras match descriptions of characters we’d expect to see in scenes taking place on Svartalfheim (home of the Dark Elves) and Muspelheim (home of the fire giants). Set photos from the beginning of principal photography in the UK confirm that Svartalfheim is indeed a setting of at least one major battle Thor partakes in. And with Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) playing Malekith the Accursed (leader of the Dark Elves) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje playing Algrim the Strong (another Dark Elf warrior), there’s reason to believe the story will also include the character of Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim.
“In the books, there’s a very specific story arc (Thor #344-350 which includes the The Casket of Ancient Winters saga) involving these characters and the more we hear from the movie, the more it matches our Thor: The Dark World theories. The latest casting additions of two more Asgardian characters – including Thor’s brother Tyr – also play into a story that could serve as something much larger in setting up Thor: The Dark World and even The Avengers 2.”
Hmmmmmm, pretty exhaustive stuff. Could Thor 2 be the most expansive movie in the Marvelverse yet. We’ll all know on November 8 2014 when the movie gets released.