September 27 2012

Thor: The Dark World May Explore the Nine Realms

Marvel map of the Nine Realms - 640

You may want to sit back and get ready for the Marvel cinematic universe to get a whole lot bigger in Thor: The Dark World.

A Russian site is reporting that it has learned that all Nine Realms of the Marvel universe will be covered in the next Thor film.

The film promises to cover not just the Earth and Asgard, but the entire Nine Realms. The studio hopes that ‘Game of Thrones’ director Alan Taylor has the experience to build upon the fantasy of the series.

Seeing as Thor explained the Nine Realms to Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) in the first film, it isn’t too surprising that this will come into play. Seeing as it has already been revealed that the Dark Elves – which dwell in the seventh realm of Svartalfheim – will be playing a major role in the story, it makes sense we will see all of this playing a part.

You can check out the all of the realms in the map above (click for a larger image) and get ready to sit in the theater and go, “Huh?” because most comic readers do. While it’s fun to see the Marvel cinematic universe going deeper, there is some stuff that even long time readers of the books sometimes scratch their heads at, and the Nine Realms is one of those things.

Seeing as this is part of The Avengers Phase Two story, which is all building towards a fight with Thanos, it’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out.

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  • Jack

    Five years ago I would have said–I *did* say–that there’s no way in hell an Avengers movie would work. Iron Man, sure. Hulk, well, yeah, it can be done. But Captain America and Thor are just too hard to pull off. WWII hero frozen in ice and revived to fight evil in the modern day? With wings on his head? Cheesy. And Thor, geez, all that flaky magic cosmic Kirby stuff.

    But it *did* work, and it worked because they didn’t try to make it all happen all at once. They gave us nibbles here and there and led up to things and got phenomenally good talent to direct and act and write. When I walked out of Thor wanting to see it again as soon as possible, I knew that they had figured out how to do it–to sell the movie-going public the whole Marvel universe. The formula is:

    1) A little at a time–and if you have to give people a big bite, set them up with a little bite first. (Warhammer in the middle of a 50′ impact crater? How’d THAT dang deal get there?)
    2) Make sure it’s actually good. If you can manage it, make it great.

    Which is actually how they managed to get people to read the comics, as I recall. I started with Micronauts and Rom, because I had the toys. They crossed with X-Men, who crossed with the FF, who crossed with everybody. Within a couple of years I was familiar with the whole Marvel universe, but I got there by following compelling stories and picking up the new stuff a little at a time.

    So yeah, Thanos. Who implies Eternals and Inhumans and Celestials and the whole whacked Marvel cosmology, and I’ll be damned if they’re not playing it absolutely straight. We’re gonna have Rocket Raccoon, and he’s going to be awesome.

    I now have no trouble, none, believing that these guys can make the Nine Worlds work, and in the process introduce America at large to the landscape of Norse mythology, which is pretty cool.

  • Jack

    Sorry about the double post. It told me there was some kind of internal server error, so I hit “post” a second time.

    • Not a problem, it happens :)

      It totally depends on how they try to make the Nine Worlds work into the story. I’m wondering if maybe we’ll have some sort of chasing the MacGuffin across them or the like.

      I have to agree with you, Marvel has played this whole thing beautifully, and I look forward to each film … but I reserve judgement on how in the heck Rocket Raccoon is going to work. At the end of the day it is a raccoon … with guns. I’m going to be shocked if the audience doesn’t bust out laughing in the theater.

      Either way, the Nine Worlds is going to be interesting, but this actually may be the biggest roll of the dice yet for the Marvel cinematic universe. (Until Rocket Raccoon happens, that is)

  • Jack

    If James Gunn (or whoever winds up directing Guardians of the Galaxy) is smart, the audience will ABSOLUTELY bust out laughing about the raccoon with the rayguns. And then he’ll be played absolutely straight, not as comic relief, and the contrast between the silly exterior and the awesome character in the awesome script will be a pleasure.

    See also Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    One of the reasons the Marvel movies are working is that they’re giving us plenty of permission to laugh. That helps the sillier bits go down easier. (And that’s why I will always prefer movie-Iron Man to comics-Iron Man.)