EW has posted a deleted/alternative ending to Thor which shows Erik Selvig (Skarsgard) speaking to S.H.I.E.L.D. agents/scientists to put together an experiment. He references the S.W.O.R.D. database which refers to the extraterrestrial arm of S.H.I.E.L.D. An organization created by Joss Whedon during his run of the X-Men comics. The group was oddly never mentioned during the events of Avengers so it could mean they are being saved for Phase Two films.
The two films that make the most sense is Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of The Galaxy. I assume (since Selvig mentions it) the group might be apart of The Dark World as S.H.I.E.L.D. which is obviously unable to handle aliens. Stellan Skarsgard role in the Thor sequel hasn’t been named but having him apart of S.W.O.R.D. is an easy leap to make. Guardians of The Galaxy is another strong candidate considering Peter Quill’s (Star Lord) origin very well could link him as a S.W.O.R.D. pilot. Abigail Brand could show up as well if the group does make it’s cinematic presence.
DigitalSpy was able to ask actor Tom Hiddleston if he’d be interested in a role in the new Star Wars film. While he doesn’t come out and say yes, Tom would take any offer “very seriously”. It would depend on the story and the character he would be playing. Hiddleston also praises LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy who had been a producer on War Horse which he co-starred.
“Absolutely, yeah. It would depend on the story and the character and things…But I don’t know, maybe people would associate me too closely with Loki – I hope not.”
“[She’s] a filmmaker of such extraordinary experience and wisdom – she’s one of the best producers I’ve ever worked for,” he explained. “She just knows her way around the medium and the art form and the industry, so I think I’d take it very seriously if they asked me.”
Tom is among a group of actors who I’d love to see enter the franchise. The other names include Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Richard Artimage, Michael Fassbender and Joel Kinnaman. Here’s hoping that LucasFilm seriously considers approaching names like these.
During the speculation of who will be the villains of Thor: The Dark World classic names such as Malekith, Sutur and Ulik The Rock Troll. Dark elves Malekith and Kurse/Algrim being the confirmed villains of the film, it had been originally assumed they would be it. Recent rumors point that the all the realms will be explored including the addition of Surtur and Hela. However, the title The Dark World seemingly gives the impression could feature more villainous creatures from other realms.
Over the summer/fall set photos of the film had been rolling out with images of Thor, Sif and Fandral fighting a group of marauders and creatures. Everyone had assumed these were dark elves. However, with the new look at Malekith’s (Eccelson) face we have an idea of what the elves will look like. They look slightly more human than the creatures from set photos along with different costumes. So who are these creatures, Surtur’s army, rock trolls or possibly the undead?
My belief is that they may end up being apart of Surtur’s army. A report from a Russian site stated that all nine realms were going to be used in Dark World. Disney apparently showed a bunch of concept artwork for the film at Cinema Expo 2012. They had the eternal flame (a relic of Surtur’s) in Odin’s Vault which could be the next cosmic object of interest. ScreenRant also picked up on a casting-call that had Marvel looking for extras to fill the roles of “men of fire”. The creatures look sort of orc-ish so it’s not hard to imagine that this is Surtur’s army that invades Asgard. Seeing an invasion on three fronts Asgard (Surtur), Midgard (Malekith) and Valhalla (Hela).
Another possibility could be villainess Hela. Actress Alison Krige best known as Star Trek’s Borg Queen had confirmed an unnamed role in the sequel. Many had assumed it would be the dark elf Queen but another option could be Hela. The villain wants to rule more than just the realm of Hel and invades Valhalla the realm of fallen heroes. She’s originally the daughter of Loki but she might be changed to mother to fit the films better. If you look closely at Hela’s army from recent comics they sort of look like the group of baddies facing off with Thor. There had been rumors that Fandral will be killed off and this aspect would give reason for the group to travel to Valhalla to perhaps bring him back. During this resurrection rescue Hela could be pushing for a full scale invasion of the realm.