Thor: The Dark World features 'deep challenges'

Chris Hemsworth's titular Norse god will face "deep challenges" in the upcoming 'Thor' sequel, 'Thor: The Dark World', according to his co-star Ray Stevenson

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Ray Stevenson at 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' premiere

Ray Stevenson at 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' premiere

Thor will face "deep challenges" in 'Thor: The Dark World', according to Ray Stevenson.

The actor - who is set to reprise his role as the titular character's trusty sidekick Volstagg in Marvel's mythical superhero movie - has revealed that the latest installment of the franchise will see Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, face hardship as his home planet of Asgard comes under attack.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the London premiere of his new movie 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' on Monday (18.03.13), he said: "Basically, in 'Thor', Asgard's under attack. All the happy, shiny days are soon to be behind us.

"There's some deep, deep challenges to the universe and the nine realms."

Following the betrayal of his brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, in the first 'Thor' movie, the hunky Norse god will face a new foe in the shape of Christopher Eccleston's Malekith the Accursed in the hotly anticipated sequel.

Hemsworth will once again play the titular character while Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman will reprise her role as his human love interest.

Although Volstagg didn't appear in last year's epic superhero team-up movie, 'The Avengers', Stevenson is open to playing the character in the film's sequel, which is due for release in 2015.

He added: "If they want me, I'll come in. If they don't, they don't."

'Thor: The Dark World' is due for release in October.

Thor: The Dark World

  • 2 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 112 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Alan Taylor
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman
  • UK release: 30 October 2013

Thor (Hemsworth) returns to Asgard to find the peace threatened by the re-emergence of old enemies the Dark Elves, led by Malekith (Eccleston). Despite experienced director Taylor, it's less satisfying than Branagh's original; Thor has become one-dimensional and the greater emphasis on humour makes for a more uneven style.

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