Trivia / Thor: The Dark World

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Billing Displacement:
    • Despite being the main villain (and even being on the poster), Christopher Eccleston's name doesn't appear in most of the promotional material, including said poster.
    • The end credits sequence includes individual credits with headshots of most of the cast, including Alice Krige (who only shows up in one scene) and Chris O'Dowd (who appears in two) — but not Jonathan Howard, who played the much bigger and more plot-significant role of Ian.
  • Casting Gag: Malekith's goal is basically THE DESTRUCTION! OF REALITY! ITSELF! Something Christopher Eccleston's successor put a stop to before.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Hilariously, a theater in Shanghai mistakenly picked up a fan-edited version of the film's poster, featuring Loki photoshopped into Jane's place in Thor's arms, and used it to promote the movie instead of the official poster.
  • Creator Backlash
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Chris Hemsworth grew out his hair for over a year to have more authentic long hair rather than use a wig. (a particularly funny part of the Hilarious Outtakes is his hair entering Hemsworth and Natalie Portman's mouth during a kiss)
  • Executive Meddling: Malekith had more of a backstory to tell but because of Tom Hiddleson's popularity, Loki received an expanded role in the plot, which resulted in this backstory being removed to save time.
  • Fake Brit:
    • Hemsworth, Alexander and Hopkins from the last movie.
    • Zachary Levi (Fandral) is American.
  • Genius Bonus: Loki's Bond One-Liner to Kurse ("See you in Hel, monster."): it might not really be a reference to the more common Stock Phrase "see you in hell," but to the similar-sounding Hel (place for the dead in Norse mythology), ruled also by a person named Hel, who of all people is Loki's daughter in the original mythos.
    • Svartalfheim literally means "home of the black elves" in old Norse.
  • Fan Nickname
    • "Game of Thors", in reference to Director Alan Taylor's work on Game of Thrones.
    • "Black Hole Grenades" for the Dark Elf bombs that open vortexes to suck people in.
  • Fake Shemp: Natalie Portman was unavailable for reshoots of the ending kissing scene. The director had Chris Hemsworth's wife, actress Elsa Pataky, stand in as Jane instead, wearing Jane's costume and a wig.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Christopher Eccleston openly admits he did this one for the paycheck, aside from being able to collaborate with Alan Taylor.
  • The Other Darrin: Zachary Levi replaces Joshua Dallas as Fandral due to Dallas' commitment to Once Upon a Time. Ironically, Levi was supposed to play Fandral in the first Thor but had to back out because he was committed to Chuck at the time.
  • Throw It In: The gag of Thor hanging his hammer on a coat hook in Jane's apartment was an improvised bit by Chris Hemsworth who obviously thought that a warrior prince/god like Thor would be mindful of the proper etiquette of checking one's weapons when you enter another's home.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Patty Jenkins was originally hired to direct the film, but creative differences with Marvel saw her leave and be replaced by Alan Taylor.
    • Tom Hiddleston "half-jokingly" offered to direct after Jenkins stepped down, but was turned down because of a lack of previous experience.
    • Mads Mikkelsen was originally cast as Malekith the Accursed, but left due to commitments to the TV series Hannibal.
    • Carter Burwell was originally signed to score the movie but, at the last minute, it ended up in the hands of Brian Tyler (not the first time he's done an MCU movie), who had to put together the score in a matter of weeks.
    • Valkyrie of The Defenders was set to appear at one point, and concept art of her costume was even drawn up.
  • Word of God/Shrug of God: Odin's fate has been given different answers by some of the crew. Kevin Feige doesn't outright answer the question but says that there are plans for him, Alan Taylor thinks he's dead but wants to know how he'll end up in the sequel, and Anthony Hopkins doesn't have an idea and believes that he's dead.

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