Thor The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to Thor (2011) and the eighth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was directed by Alan Taylor from a screenplay by Christopher Yost and the writing team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
It stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor alongside Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, and Rene Russo. In the movie, Thor and Loki team up to save the Nine Kingdoms from the Dark Elves.
Development of a Thor sequel began in April 2011 when producer Kevin Feige announced plans for it to follow the MCU crossover movie The Avengers (2012). In July, Thor director Kenneth Branagh withdrew from the sequel.
It was considered that Brian Kirk and Patty Jenkins would replace him as director before Taylor was hired in January 2012. The supporting cast was completed in August 2012, with the hiring of Eccleston and Akinnuoye-Agbaje as the film’s villains.
Filming took place from September to December 2012 primarily in Surrey, England, as well as Iceland and London. Taylor wanted the movie to be more grounded than Thor, inspired by his work on Game of Thrones. He hired Carter Burwell to compose the score, but Marvel replaced Burwell with Brian Tyler.
Thor The Dark World premiered at Odeon Leicester Square in London on October 22, 2013 and premiered in the United States on November 8, as part of Phase Two of the MCU. The film received praise for Hemsworth and Hiddleston’s performances, visual effects, and action sequences, but received criticism for being generic and lacking in depth.
It was a commercial success, grossing more than $ 644 million worldwide, making it the 10th highest grossing film of 2013. A third film, Thor: Ragnarok, opened in 2017, while a fourth film, Thor: Love and Thunder, is scheduled to premiere. in 2022.