After the events of The Avengers (2012), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is brought back to Asgard in chains, but Thor (Chris Hemsworth) soon faces another formidable enemy – a dark elf looking for revenge. Helmed by a new director, this sequel to Thor (2011) nevertheless maintains the same tone, successfully blending comedy and action in imaginative, colorful 3D landscapes. The story has Loki manipulating our minds, while also throwing us from one realm to the next (including Earth, sorry, Midgard), sometimes even in the middle of a battle. Very familiar, but deftly handled.
2013-U.S. 111 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Alan Taylor. Cast: Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston… Ray Stevenson, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins. Cameos: Benicio Del Toro, Stan Lee, Chris Evans.
Trivia: Followed by Thor: Ragnarok (2017).