Thor 3 – Sequel Plans12.11.13 # Sequel # 21 Comments
Thor: The Dark World has swung big in its opening weekend, but there’s already plenty of talk about what’s next for the crown prince of Asgard. So what can we expect to see in Thor 3 and when might it arrive?
The Dark World raked in an impressive $85 million opening weekend in the U.S. and while that’s not as thunderous as The Avengers‘ $200m, it’s up 30% on the first Thor and evidence there’s life in the franchise yet.
If your movie makes 30% more than its predecessor, and your star is already signed for at least one more standalone film, then you make another movie – it’s simple. Marvel supremo Kevin Feige says that certain elements at the end of The Dark World hint at a direction for the third film, adding, “We definitely have a story we’d like to tell”.
So things are looking good, but when might we see it? Feige has said there won’t be a full Thor outing until after May 2015′s Avengers: Age of Ultron, in which Thor reunites with Iron Man and co. In fact, Marvel’s slate is already laid out until the end of 2015, so 2016 is the earliest, and most likely time.
** THOR: THE DARK WORLD SPOILERS AHEAD **
The Dark World has the traditional mid-credits sequence, this time featuring The Collector, played by Benicio Del Toro, previewing the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. That means there’s no clear sign which new villain we will see in Thor 3, however Chris Hemsworth has hinted that the series may be heading toward the Ragnarok storyline.
“I think in the comic book, the end of days, Armageddon aspect is probably the direction in which it will all head,” he said. “Where it’s sort of the end of all things. When I was reading the comic books I thought it was an interesting way to go.” This destruction of Asgard storyline would probably see the introduction of the fire demon Surtur (below).
Whether that happens or not, Thor 3 will certainly see him face down his half-brother Loki, who faked his death before replacing Odin at the end of The Dark World. Played by Tom Hiddleston, Loki has proved a very popular character in the Marvel movie franchise – their most popular villain in fact – so after resting him for Avengers 2, be in doubt he will return in a major way.
Meanwhile it looks like Anthony Hopkins may not be back again. While the whereabouts of Odin at the end of The Dark World was left somewhat ambiguous, Hopkins has suggested that his character may have met his end. “Maybe Odin dies,” he said. “I don’t know… I’ve done two – that’s enough.” He doesn’t sound keen. Then again he might be angling for a higher fee – a common tactic.
What would you like to see happen in Thor 3? When should it be released? Who should the villain be? Are you interested in seeing the apocalypse storyline, or a more personal Loki showdown? Let us know in the comments.