Thor: The Dark World

Canvassing the Dark World: Thor's Craig Kyle

Executive Producer Craig Kyle digs deeper into the story & characters of Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World'!

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By Zack Zeigler

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” Executive Producer Craig Kyle had a figurative tightrope to walk during the making of the film. He had to find a way to keep the folks who have less familiarity with the original stories from the Marvel comics interested in the movie while making sure enough was included for diehard Marvel fans.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in chains in "Thor: The Dark World"

“It’s really important for us as we move further out in the stars [and] we move deeper into the worlds that we’re visiting and the characters themselves so that people…who don’t read comics…[are told a] great story [in terms of] character, depth, and detail,” Kyle said.

“Thor: The Dark World” opens in theaters nationwide on November 8, with the story picking up after the catastrophic events that brought Thor back to Earth in search of his step brother Loki in “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

“It’s been about a year and a half, two years since the first movie, and promises were made: ‘I’ll come back for you, Jane Foster.’ [Thor] did come back, [but] not for her,” Kyle recalled.  “That’ll be awkward when they [meet] again, I’m guessing.”

That awkwardness won’t be regulated to those two characters or situations.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) & Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) reunite in "Thor: The Dark World"

“Now all those threats continue to send a ripple effects throughout our model cinematic universe,” he said. “You have Thor, who had to take the prisoner, Loki, back Asgard to be dealt with, and this time he's going to be locked up in a cell where he's not going to have control. You have Erik Selvig who had a god in his head messing around for an entire movie, which probably isn't good for your psyche. Lots of these threats continue to just spread outwards in ways that only deepen the stories we're about to tell in these individual sagas.”

And when the Dark Elves resurface, it adds another level of complexity.

“They haven’t been seen in 5,000 years,” he revealed. “So as far as anyone knows, Odin [Anthony Hopkins] was a child the last time they were dealt with, and [the Dark Elves were] believed to be wiped out. So when they return it is not good news.”

Idris Elba returns as Heimdall in "Thor: The Dark World"

The glitzy side of Asgard served mainly as background in the previous Thor film; this time it will be explored and given more depth.

“The first time around we got to see Asgard and all of this beauty during the ascension ceremony,” Kyle remarked. “Everyone had their costumes buffed and polished, but we didn’t really get to see the other shades of it where the normal folks live, the darker under belly.”

Courtesy of Loki, we’ll also get a peek at what life is like behind bars for Asgardian criminals.

“The prisons of Asgard are…a fitting home for a character like Loki,” Kyle said. “[There’s] this horns characters, and marauders, and various demons, and then in [Loki’s] cell there’s a bed and a couple books that Frigga [Rene Russo] brought down there just so he could be as comfortable as possible. But as far as Odin’s concerned, [Loki’s] staying.”

Another tidbit Kyle dropped was to expect Heimdall (Idris Elba) to play a larger role.

“Heimdall also has some extraordinary scenes in this film. He really plays a much larger role, and he turned out to be a real fan favorite in the last film, so we were lucky to have him come back and do some more for us.”

Get your tickets now for Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," only in theaters November 8, and for the latest on the Mighty Avenger's new big screen adventure keep your eyes on Marvel.com, like the official Thor Facebook page and follow @ThorMovies on Twitter!

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