While directors Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) have kept fans abreast of their superhero movies through almost-daily Twitter updates, Alan Taylor's Thor: The Dark World has remained largely under the radar for the past several months (except, of course, for the first poster released last week).
However, USA Today not only scored two new images from the sequel but also some comments from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. As you can see in the above still, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) makes good on his promise to reconnect with Natalie Portman's Jane Foster. The hero, who returned to Earth in The Avengers but didn't make contact with his lady love, might not exactly be welcomed with open arms. "Thor still has lot of explaining to do, and a lot of making up," Hemsworth said. "Even demigods end up in the doghouse, mate. So none of us is safe."
Thor and Jane won't have too long to bicker casually, though, because he's taking her back home to meet the folks ... and also save her life. "So while Thor was a fish out of water on Earth in the first two films, this time Jane is very much a fish out of water in Asgard," Feige said.
"We were worried about coming across as hokey or whatever," Hemsworth said. "If there is anyone who can pull off a fantastical world like Asgard with a great amount of integrity, it is Alan Taylor, as we've seen in Game of Thrones."
To continue the non-campiness of the film, Feige also talked a bit about some of the very relatable themes found in the movie packed with alien gods and goddesses. "It's superhero action, but it's the familiar territory of a love triangle where the parents think your girlfriend is wrong for you," Feige said. "That's how the best of these movies work."
After talking about ramping up his character's fighting style, Hemsworth then commented on the status of his on-screen brother Loki, as played by Tom Hiddleston. "Needing Loki's help turns everything on its head," Hemsworth said. "And it allows us to explore the underlying complexities of their relationship. It really ends up being a kind of chess match."
"Tom has built and shaped one of the best movie villains in years with many, many layers," Feige added. "It will be very difficult for Loki to lose the villain status. He has that firmly in hand."
Thor: The Dark World, which also stars Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Christopher Eccleston and Stellan Skarsgård, opens on Nov. 8.