Comic-Con: THOR: THE DARK WORLD Panel Recap

     July 20, 2013


There’s a part of me that almost feels like Thor: The Dark World has been overlooked.  There was no stinger for him in Iron Man 3, and Marvel is already pursuing their Captain America: The Winter Soldier marketing.  But there’s reason to be excited because this could be the Thor movie fans wanted for the character’s debut.  They wanted to see him in his element, in Asgard, and making full use of his god-like powers against gigantic foes.  Thor: The Dark World is promising all of that, and with the added bonus of giving the fans what they didn’t know they wanted back before the original movie came out: lots of Loki.

Hit the jump for my recap of the panel.  Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

thor-the-dark-world-posterMarvel President Kevin Feige takes the stage. Moderator Chris Hardwicke asks Feige about what’s coming up next.  He says they’re in post-production on Thor: The Dark World, and then suddenly the lights go out as a familiar voice chastises the crowd for “standing in the sweltering heat,” and makes other snide taunts.  A flash of light hits the stage.  Then the house lights come up and it’s Tom Hiddleston dressed in his full Loki costume.  That alone gets a standing ovation from the crowd.

“Stand back, you mewling quim,” Loki tells Hardwicke.  Re-appropriating Avengers lines for Hall H, Hiddleston continues to menace the crowd, who are eating it up.  The crowd is eating it up.  “You should have let me rule you when you had the chance.  Where are your Avengers now?  Claim loyalty to me…and I will give you what you need.  Say my name.”  The crowd starts chanting “Loki!”  He smiles and says, “It seems I have an army.  Feast your eyes!”  The lights go down and the Comic-Con trailer begins to roll.

It begins with a battle in a burning village with Sif and Warriors Three fighting masked warriors.  Thor beams in, makes some quips with Sif, and slays a rock monster.  We then see London attacked, Thor beams in, nd beams Jane Foster out to Asgard.  We see him recruiting Loki, and the Warriors Three and Sif threaten to kill Loki if he betrays them.  This is interspersed with loads of action.  It’s tough to go beat by beat, but it looks exciting and finally lets Thor be Thor in a world that fits him.  It’s the grand tone we only briefly saw in the beginning of the first movie.  While I can’t go through every moment, I will say that the trailer ends with Loki slicing off Thor’s hand, a moment that was greeted with a collective gasp from the audience.

avengers-movie-image-tom-hiddleston-01And that’s all we got for Thor: The Dark World.  No panel, no Q&A with Feige or Hiddleston.

Closing thoughts:

This was pure showmanship and one of the reason why people go nuts for Marvel’s panels.  People will argue later about which made a bigger splash: Tom Hiddleston taking the stage and doing Loki or last year where Downey came in from the back of Hall and dancing all the way up to the front.  Either way, it was a great kick-off for the 2013 Marvel panel, and yet not the shot in the arm Thor needed.  The panel felt bigger than the movie, and it was baffling that they didn’t do a panel when Captain America got one and so did Guardians of the Galaxy.  Even though I liked what I saw, Marvel’s handling of Thor: The Dark World continues to make me nervous.

Here’s the video of Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Hall H


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  • Bob

    WTF he sliced his hand off…well wtf….kinda wished the didn’t reveal that. Maybe it’s just a trick Loki plays…holy shit lol.

  • Bob

    WTF he sliced his hand off…well wtf….kinda wished the didn’t reveal that. Maybe it’s just a trick Loki plays…holy shit lol.

  • Random Bystander

    Its probable that no-one else could make it to the panel, the film is deep into filming and Hiddleston may have been the only one who wanted to come that also had a gap in their shooting schedule.

    • jolein

      Filming for Thor,the dark world is already finished filming back in januari.
      Chris Hemsworth is currently filming another movie but both Tom Hiddleston and Zachery Levi are in San diego at the Comic Con.

    • huh

      Deep into filming??? I hope not, that would a really bad sign

      • Random Bystander

        Sorry, I meant their films are, not the film is. Most of them are filming other movies. Hemsworth has Cyber, Portman has Jane Got a Gun, Skarsgard has something, Stevenson just finished Divergent, I’m pretty sure Asano is about to start filming something, Hopkins is probably filming 13 000 things, Dennings has 2 Broke Girls and Alan Taylor would be busy in post.

  • Mandy

    He is the most beautiful man in the world.

    • Strong Enough

      when you grow up you’ll cringe at that comment

  • Riez

    I wish Marvel was giving Thor 2 more attention and respect. It’s their next movie, compared to IM3, what we are getting is ridiculous. What happened with Tom was nice, but I don’t want to see him alone. Where is my Q&A/Panel with both Hiddleston and Hemsworth? And the director, too. I really have a bad feeling about this. Don’t screw up, Marvel, this is the movie I’m looking forward to the most, not just because of the story or characters but also because it has my favourite cast. We want to see more of them.

  • ReadingComicsAtWork

    I’m almost willing to put money on the ‘Loki’ at the end of the footage actually being Malekith shape-shifted into Loki. He did it in the comics… Impersonated Loki to cover his tracks.

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  • J

    I love what seems to be happening in the footage, but the lack of a panel is disconcerting. I understand Hemsworth was apparently busy, but to not make up a panel with the rest of the cast and the director? Have Hemsworth pre-record a message, then continue on. It’s disappointing that this was the best they could muster up after plastering San Diego with Thor posters.

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