Chris Hemsworth is hunkier than ever as the protagonist in the new official trailer for Thor: The Dark World, which was released on Wednesday.
The sequel is set one year after the events of The Avengers and will see the hero-with-a-hammer take on an enemy older than the universe itself.
Sealed with a kiss: Chris Hemsworth locks lips with Natalie Portman in a new trailer for Thor: The Dark World
Malekith, portrayed by Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston, is attempting to lead the Dark Elves to plunge the universe into darkness.
Stealing a kiss from Jane, played by Natalie Portman, Thor tells his love interest: ‘I gave you my word I would return for you.’
Tender moment: Thor makes good on his word to return to Earth for his love interest Jane Forester
There's a universe to save: The caped crusader takes on a new villain in the sequel film
Thor blimey: Chris looks hunkier than ever in the action-packed new trailer
But it seems that way is to join forces with his disgraced and evil brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston.
‘I need your help. But I wish I could trust you,’ Thor tells Loki, who replies: ‘If you did you’d be the fool I always took you for.’
A treat for the fans: Those who followed the comic book series will be excited to see Malekith the Accursed
Fetch me my hammer: Thor is trying to save the universe from being plunged into darkness
Joining forces: Thor must team up with his disgraced and evil brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston
It seems the movie will take a darker tone than its predecessor, and follow Loki as he struggles with his own conscience – and whether or not he has one.
An unknown voice explains the struggles that caped crusader Thor will face and require all his resources to combat.
Proceed with caution: Thor doesn't trust his brother, who seems to be struggling with his own conscience
Feisty: Jane punches Loki and tells him it's 'for New York'. He then turns to Thor and muses: 'I like her'
Threat or warning?: Loki tells his brother that his world and family will be destroyed
In between action shots of Earth and Asgard, which are suitably drenched in special effects, Loki issues a warning.
It won't disappoint: There are plenty of scenes on Asgard and Earth with lots of special effects
Not long now: Thor: The Dark World is scheduled to hit cinemas on July 8
Confident about his chances: Thor assures Jane that he will find a way to save them all
While the original movie was helmed by Kenneth Brannagh, Alan Taylor will take the director’s chair for the sequel.
Thor: The Dark World is scheduled for release on November 8.
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