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Watch the Thor: The Dark World Teaser That Broke Tumblr

Okay, so this didn’t literally break Tumblr. The site didn’t go down, but… Well, we’ll talk more about that later. I’m prepared to enjoy this teaser with one reservation. Thor is still an affable lunkhead who’ll just zip his girlfriend off to another dimension without much warning; Sif is still a badass; and the opening image of the trailer, which, while minor, I don’t want to spoil, is conceptually fascinating. I do wish this teaser didn’t make such a damsel out of Jane Foster as it appears to. For now, in the absence of more evidence, I’ll trust that her character’s role has been necessarily diminished by the contraints of making a snappy trailer, especially considering Natalie Portman‘s efforts to shake up the behind the scenes gender imbalance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which Marvel has apparently made “concessions” towards.

Also, I may have been distracted by Loki. You’ll understand what I mean when you watch it.

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  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    Yep. Got distracted by Loki too. Is it November yet?

  • Lynda Bowen

    ooh, very Crow…

  • Nyc Hp Meetup

    I was also disturbed by what Portman’s role looks like in this trailer. I am tired of the damsel in distress roles. If this is the case, lets hope its made up with about, i don’t know, 30 minutes or so of Sif kicking ass.

  • Anonymous

    Well, the trailer for the first Thor was a complete disservice to that film’s actual awesomeness so I’m not too worried.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t see the video at the moment, so for now I’ll just speculate.

    …Wow, bold choice for Loki! I’m surprised they went with the Zardoz look, but I’d have to see the costume in action. It’s hard to tell when Tom Hiddleston is just sitting around drinking tea with Anthony Hopkins.

  • Donna Raphael

    ahh…Loki. *sigh*

  • Carrie Sessarego

    I don’t know what this says about me, but the thought of spending two hours watching Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins drink tea in fetish wear makes my heart flutter in the oddest ways…

  • AnnaB

    I was all, “Where’s Loki? Where’s Loki? I want my Loki!” and seeing him in the end, looking the way he was–still worth it.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like the damsel in distress trope either but if they decided to put Foster in Asgaard (and they had to at some point), she’s going to be out of her element and pretty much helpless against those demi-gods, as we would all be.

    Still, Portman is a better actress when she plays smart characters and I hope she’ll be able to make the best out of that situation.

  • Elizabeth Wells

    There’s actually a lot of distracting in this movie. My mind basically went ooh Sif! hey is that Darcy? Sif with sword! Thor’s mom! LOKI!

  • Anonymous

    I cracked up at the first shot of Loki. Dude’s looking like Tomy Wisseau.

  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    That was me too- “Okay, this looks fine..whatever…where the hell is Loki? Seriously, he’s the reason I’m so devoted to this fadom. Where.Is.My.Loki (in Dany’s angry voice)…THERE HE IS! OMG NOVMBER COME FASTER!’

  • Anonymous

    0.51secs – wilt before my gaze! Seriously.. if that’s aimed at Jane Foster I’m amazed she doesn’t combust in the next cut…

  • Anonymous

    Same! O.o

  • Bittersweet Fountain

    Me too! And when I saw the bit at 0:52 I paused it and was like “IS THAT LOKI?” (I”m pretty sure it is: green/black jacket, black hair), and I was like “is that all I get?” And then the end bit came. Magnificent. I am greatly looking forward to this movie.

  • Lucas Picador

    Seeing giant Chris Hemsworth wrapping his massive arms around tiny little Natalie Portman, I can’t help but recall the wonderful limerick by Pierce Evans:

    Said a God (often thought just a myth),
    To the mortal he’d been in bed with,
    “You should know, I am Thor.”,
    She replied,”You are thore?!
    I am tho thore I barely can pith!”

  • Lucas Picador

    And the sequel:

    After Thor said goodbye (even kissed her),
    She told her incredulous sister.
    “Don’t you know Thor’s a myth?”
    “That may be what he ith,
    But thith myth wath a hell of a mithter.”

  • Lucas Picador

    Good guess, but the crotch harness is a slightly brighter shade of orange than Connery’s.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand why there is a floating truck in this? Why would you waste time on a floating truck subplot?
    I’m still disappointed that Malekith’s costume is so muted compared to comic book design.
    I wish Thor would actually wear his helmet into battle. Is he wearing a black shawl in mourning?
    It would be way cooler if Loki was locked up in amber or a tree instead of yet another plexiglass prison.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I think you might be giving the floating truck more credit than it deserves. It’s probably a spot in the universe where another is bleeding through from and that’s how it’s manifesting itself. People notice, aliens pop out, terror ensues.

  • Mina

    When will these people learn the folly of glass prison cells?

  • Kalynn Osburn

    It’s okay. You’re safe here with us.

  • Kalynn Osburn

    *grins* You can totally tell a Geek Girl from a “Normal” girl based on whether they like Thor or Loki more.

  • Eregyrn

    Excuse me? Really? You wanna dance? *wavy finger motions*

    I thought we were done with policing who’s a “real” geek and who’s not.

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  • Anonymous

    Yeah. Team Loki for sure.

  • Anonymous

    I actually screamed when he came on screen. I was at work. At my desk. Where there are no walls. A little awkward.

  • Kalynn Osburn

    That is so not what I meant.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    I think slapping someone as powerful as Loki is pretty badass, if stupid in a ‘let’s-climb-onto-this-jaeger-to-shoot-flares’ kind of way.

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  • Carmen Sandiego

    Por que no las dos? I find them both distractingly appealing. I think Loki is a more interesting character than Thor in the comics (and definitely in the first Thor movie), but you can’t have one without the other. They each add so much to each other’s stories and complexities.