‘Thor: The Dark World’ Trailer Debuts Online [Video]

The first trailer for Thor: The Dark World has arrived online.

The upcoming sequel finds star Chris Hemsworth once again reprising his role as the hammer-wielding hero from Asgard. The story picks up shortly after the events chronicled in director Joss Whedon’s 2012 epic The Avengers.

Thor: The Dark World begins with the long-haired hero returning to Earth once again. Once he reunites with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), the pair are soon whisked away to Thor’s home world to help out with a brand new enemy that threatens to destroy every living thing in existence.

Director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, The Sopranos) steps behind the camera for the sequel. Judging from the trailer, his experience staging epic battles is being put to good use. The first installment of the franchise was directed by Kenneth Branagh.

The studio describes the film as follows:

“Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s ‘Thor’ and ‘Marvel’s The Avengers,’ Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.”

Thor: The Dark World is a part of Marvel’s “Phase Two,” a series of films which kicks off with director and co-writer Shane Black’s upcoming flick Iron Man 3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Avengers 2 also fall under this banner.

Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, and a slew of other actors. The film is expected to arrive in theaters across North America on November 8.