News, Thor: The Dark World

Just imagine, Thor, Loki and Jane on a GREAT JOURNEY through Svartelfheim!

Does anyone remember this ‘massive spoiler’ that a Marvel employee, , leaked out a year or so back? The finished movie was not as he described after all, but damn… I can’t help but think ‘if only’..

Thor becomes reunited with Jane who becomes possessed by a Dark Spirit, which is connected with the Dark Elves; a race the Asgardians have fallen out with many years beforehand […] The Dark Elves attack Asgard, and they take a huge hit. So Thor has to rebuild Asgard by putting together an army to go and take the battle to the Dark Elves and defeat them. But the only way he can do this is — he needs to cross over to the Dark World, and the only person who has access to the dark side of Asgard is his old brother Loki, who at the beginning of the film is locked up in prison.

So what happens is Thor basically has to negotiate this truce with Loki, and he goes on this great trek with Jane, all three of them. They go to this far side of Asgard, which is being shot in Iceland, where they train and assemble an army to go and attack the Dark Elves’ world.

So as it turns out, Andrew Lawden was either mistaken about the whole ‘ they go on a great trek and train and assemble an army to attack the Dark Elves’ thing, or it was one of the many story-lines TPTB changed/discarded from this movie along the way.


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Thor, Jane and Loki on a dark, perilous trek through Svartelfheim

Although Thor, Loki and Jane did journey to Svartelfheim, the ‘great trek’ was actually incredibly short. It started off promising – a fun Star Wars-like chase scene, a convenient hole in a cliff, an even more Convenient Sleep for Jane; allowing Thor and Loki opportunity to confront each other over their weighty emotional issues (one of my favourite parts of the movie for that matter) and then BAM! They’re there.

For all that I did enjoy , I was most disappointed about how short the journey to Svartelfheim was. The interactions between Thor and Loki provided some of the best parts of the movie (am I right here?). From the confrontation, to the sense that Loki was wanting to repair his relationship with his brother, to the hope that they could eventually have some real moments of camaraderie.

I mean, just imagine if this ‘great journey’ had played out to its full potential? Imagine if there’d been more action sequences together where they could at last be fighting on the same side?

What do you think?  Would have liked to have seen Andrew Lawden’s original ‘spoilers’ play out? Would have liked to have seen more of the journey to/through Svartelfhiem? Are you happy with just the way it is?

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  • redrascal1

    Personally i would have liked the whole movie to have taken place on Asgard/Svartalfheim. The scenes on Earth could have been used to ‘bookend’ the film. It was called The Dark World’ yet they were only there for about 20 minutes! The final battle could have taken place on Svartalfheim, not Earth again – we saw enough of that in the Avengers.
    I suspect Marvel wanted more comic relief hence more Earth scenes and more Darcy/Ian, but for me the humour by then was a bit irritating. And why oh why didn’t Jane have more scenes with Loki? There was more sexual chemistry in that one scene they shared than in the entire Jane/Thor love saga.

  • Yes I would have been happy to see the whole movie set in Asgard and Svartelfheim with a nod to the other realms. That’s why I’d hoped Lawden’s so called spoilers about them training an army to lead against the Dark Elves would be correct. *sigh*

    And yes I also agree to some extend about the comic relief – I did enjoy the humour, particularly Loki’s shapeshifting (though I did feel this scene was out of place, being set immediately after his anguish over his mother. I think there should have been another scene involving the two of them in between this… Something that would give better closure from the previous scene.) But I could actually do away with SO MUCH HUMOUR. I’d rather have seen more of Jane wowing over Asgard, and more of the conflict between Thor and Loki.

    I wonder if Marvel may have also cut some of the Asgard and Svartelfheim scenes because they were reluctant to spend too much time away from Earth – out of concern their audiences aren’t quite ready for a movie set too far away from our own planet? I don’t know…

    I hope that Thor 3 will be based away from Midgard. I’m done with Midgard – I want to see more of Asgard and the other realms.