The success of Marvel’s The Avengers has allowed the comic book universe to introduce its rogues gallery to theater-going audiences, bringing in such extraterrestrial villains as Thanos, the Mad Titan. Thor was the first of the recent Marvel movies to use other-worldly magic as a power source instead of Tony Stark’s technology in Iron Man or the science behind the genesis of Captain America and the Hulk. In a recent interview, Kevin Feige confirmed that the death-obsessed Eternal would not be making an appearance in Thor 2; another big villain would be stepping in. We know that Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman will reprise the roles of Thor and Jane Foster respectively (not to mention the return of Idris Elba as Heimdall). We also know that Tom Hiddleston will return as Loki, but that’s not a new big villain. And we know Mads Mikkelsen is set to play a villain, so who could it be? Hit the jump to see what Feige had to say.
“I was just hoping it would beat the opening weekend of Iron Man 2, which was the biggest opening weekend for any Marvel Studios movie. We did 80 or 90 million above that. As the numbers started coming in on Friday night, Saturday night, Sunday night, they just kept getting bigger and bigger, into areas I would never in a million years have believed.”
Fans will also be happy to hear that The Avengers was just the beginning for where the Marvel exec plans to take the franchise:
“The Avengers was not the finale for us. It was a giant, giant marker, but it was never the finale. We are already well into the plan for the next phase of our little cinematic universe.”
The next continuation will be, of course, Thor 2. Here’s what Feige had to say about it:
“We’re going to see the other side of Asgard. It’s not all polished and golden in this film. And the events of Avengers will have affected Thor for sure. His relationship with Loki will continue to evolve, and the biggest part is Natalie and Thor returning with Jane Foster.”
And as pretty much everyone on the planet knows by now, Loki was whisked away to Asgard at the end of The Avengers with a very anxious Thanos left floating around on his space throne. But will we see the supervillain again so soon?
“No, future, future. But there will be a major new villain. A major, major new antagonist…”
I’m not as up on Thor lore as some of you, but I do know that the Enchantress has been making the speculative rounds as the Thunder God’s next villain. However, I’m not sure if Mikkelsen has the figure to pull it off. Her addition to the sequel would make sense considering Portman’s Jane Foster should figure heavily into the plot. Is it possible that Mikkelsen would be playing the Executioner, allowing Enchantress to still be relevant to the plot (or vice versa)? Let us know who you think the antagonist will be, or should be, in the comments section below.
Thor 2, filming this summer in London, is directed by Alan Taylor and written by Robert Rodat. The sequel also stars Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Ray Stevenson and Jaimie Alexander and is set to open November 15th, 2013.