Chris Hemsworth Talks 'Thor: The Dark World'

Thor: The Dark World

With a new trailer for Thor: The Dark World just around the corner -- and just a few mere Earth months standing between us and the Asgardian legend's next big-screen adventure -- now seems like the perfect time to check in with hammer-wielding star Chris Hemsworth and see what he can tell us about what to expect from the Thor sequel.

Actually, Hemsworth's just-published set interview with Screen Rant was conducted last fall, but it still contains a few nuggets of information about the new film -- such as where viewers can expect to find Thor in terms of his emotional maturity, which seemed like it still had some room for growth at the end of the first film.

"Thor’s journey I think picks more so up from where we left the first one – About to take on the throne, about to earn him the right to the king, and now coming to the realization of what responsibility comes with that," Hemsworth mused, adding that The Dark World will also address "the ongoing sort of question from Thor about what it is that Loki wants, and why, and how did we come to this?"

One of the main sources of Thor's appeal was the surprising amount of humor involved, something Hemsworth cautioned might not be as abundant in The Dark World. "There’s a few nice kind of fish-out-of-water moments with Thor, but not quite as naive and obvious as the first one," he offered, adding, "I think the earthbound stuff sort of really grounds the story in both films, and keeps a lightness to it that trickles to Asgard as well."

More than anything, it looks like Thor: The Dark World will follow the "bigger is better" aesthetic applied to many sequels. As Hemsworth put it, "We cover more ground than we did in the first one. We’re not locked just in Asgard, we certainly venture out into the big universe. But the scope of this just feels massive, you know. I mean there’s…we just were in Iceland for a week, and there’s volcanic lava, rock, mountains and snowcapped mountains and we didn’t see that in the first one. So it already feels like there’s a bigger expanse to it."

Thor: The Dark World is due on traditional and IMAX screens on November 8, 2013.

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