Elevated trucks, wind-swept Natalie Portman, mass destruction—yes, the trailer for October’s Thor: The Dark World is upon us. There were some trials and tribulations finding a director for the sequel, as Kenneth Branagh turned down the offer, then Patty Jenkins (Monster) eventually left the project. The film finally landed in the hands of television director Alan Taylor. Best known for his work on The Sopranos and Game of Thrones, Taylor seems to be a logical fit for Thor‘s human and mythic realms.
Picking up in the aftermath of The Avengers, a press release says the plot will have Thor battle “to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.” No surprises there. What looks promising is that much of the film seems to take place in Asgard. Branagh’s original succeeded in the way it so clearly divided the space between Asgard and Earth: one being of high-fantasy, the other perfectly mundane. Thor crashing to Earth was much like our own response to comic book heroes, being the stuff of daydreams which livens up the world we know. Plus, Asgard was a meticulously conceived other realm ruled by Anthony Hopkins as Odin. Who wouldn’t want to live there?
Portman returns as Thor’s love interest Jane Foster, as will Stellan Skarsgård and Kat Dennings as her trusty scientist pals. And of course Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki. But there is one thing conspicuously lacking from this first trailer: Asgard’s rainbow bridge.