So just what's in store for the current crop of Marvel movie superheroes? With 'Iron Man 3' apparently marking the end of Tony Stark's standalone movie series, and Marvel's near-mythic Phase Two set to launch with 'Guardians of the Galaxy' next summer before 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' hits in 2015, we may be left wondering just where that leaves the existing Avengers so far as their solo movies go. Well, we know the Asgardian demi-god and the All-American super soldier will be coming back with 'Thor: the Dark World' and 'Captain America: the Winter Soldier' - and now, Natalie Portman has declared that a third outing for Thor is also on the cards.
Speaking to E! News at Disney's D23 convention, Portman was reminded of her co-star Anthony Hopkins' declared enthusiasm for a third instalment, to which she replied, "well I think they are going to make a 'Thor 3,' so I think Anthony will be pleased."
The more enthusiastic and speculative fans among us might note her use of the term "they," and - based on the hints of tragedy implied in the existing 'Thor: the Dark World' trailers - we may well ponder whether this means Jane Foster might not make it through this one okay? After all, as Portman also told E!, Foster and Thor face "a lot of obstacles; they're star-crossed." As, of course, were Romeo and Juliet, and as we all remember, that didn't work out too well for them… but let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Portman has spoken elsewhere of the darker tone the Alan Taylor-directed sequel will take by comparison with Kenneth Branagh's original. She told MTV, "I think the movie is much grittier… a lot of the villains' world was shot in Iceland, so it's got more of a realistic feel than something that was made on a computer. It's still got a lot of wonder and humor, but it's also got a darker tone as well." Which I suppose is to be expected, given the title.
There have been murmurings of discontent surrounding 'Thor: the Dark World' from the beginning, particularly after first choice director Patty Jenkins was sacked by Marvel early in pre-production, a move which was said to have greatly displeased Portman. Even so, Alan Taylor - a veteran of TV's 'Game of Thrones' (another one notable for not having the nicest things happen to its heroes) - recently dismissed suggestions that he and Marvel were at loggerheads over the film.
'Thor: The Dark World' opens in UK cinemas on 30th October.
Ben Bussey co-edits horror website Brutal As Hell , and holds an MA in Cult Film & TV from Brunel University. 'Thor' is one of his favourite Marvel movies to date, to the extent that any time he goes out for coffee he does have to restrain himself from throwing his empty cup on the ground and shouting, "ANOTHER!"
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