The Jotunheim's beast will end up in Arendelle
Loki is still working for Thanos.It was Thanos' plan to make Loki the king of Asgard. He took Loki off the Dark World, brought him back to Asgard, took care of Odin (Either killed him or imprisoned him somewhere.), and Loki took Odin's throne. Now he has the tesseract, and if speculation is right, the Aethir too.
Ian's last name is Turner
Malekith is another pawn/servant of Thanos
Loki learned Ta-DA! and other less Asgardian forms of speech from Hawkeye.
The film will set up for Surtur in the third film
Beta Ray Bill will be in the film
The fact that Loki is a frost giant will prove beneficial during Thor 2Either Malekith is hiding in an obscenely cold place, or Malekith refuses to work with either humans or Asgardians, so Thor and Odin have to send Loki to talk to Malekith. Loki has mixed feelings on the whole thing. On the one hand, he's being used.
Malekithwill visit Loki in his cell Malekith will offer things to Loki for either help or information. Loki turns him down. Expect this and the scene where Loki passes the information onto Thor to be his only two scenes.
The Stinger will have:Loki, whom after doing his Enemy Mine with Thor, will have escaped and taken the Infinity Gauntlet from Odin's throne room and given it to Thanos as compensation for his failure on taking over Earth.
Loki was imprisoned on Asgard with no resistanceHe figured if anyone could protect him from Thanos's wrath, it's Odin.
By the end of the movie, Loki will become the Kid Loki of Journey into Mystery.
Beta Ray Bill will be in the sequel to this film (Thor 3 or whatever).And hopefully, in the stinger for this one.
Thor and Loki's Enemy Mine - The Death of FriggaThese two are well known for teaming up in the comics. This is pretty much only when Asgard is under threat, though; after all, Loki can't rule Asgard if it's destroyed. In the Cinematic universe, though, Loki even said himself in the first film he doesn't want to rule Asgard; he just wanted to be Thor's equal. So how would Thor convince Loki to team up with him in this film? Their mother dies. In this article here there are rumours that this may happen. Frigga is the only one left who Loki still cares about, and with her death (possibly at the hands of the Dark Elves), it gives him a pretty good reason to briefly forget that he hates Thor's guts so they can team up and avenge her.
This film will serve as a reversal of the first.It will spend a little time on Earth, but a majority of the film will be spent on Asgard, with Jane, Darcy and Dr. Selvig as Fishoutof Water and Thor attempting to help his friends navigate this strange new world, as they did for him.
Thor will cut loose.Malekith & Kurse's villainy will finally force Thor to go all out, Jotunheim style, perhaps following a "World of Cardboard" Speech. He'll end up causing a sizeable amount of collateral damage with lightning-amped hammer slams and the like. Maybe it'll be enough to take down Kurse, maybe it won't. This may put some strain on his relationship with Jane.
By the end of the movie Lady Loki will appear.
Loki will die in this movie.Loki's redemption will come at the cost of his life - he'll jump in front of either Thor or Jane to save them from a Malekith-attack (there's a big NO from Thor in the trailer, maybe this is why). He's done a lot of terrible things, things that can't really be atoned for by the administration of a warm hug and a rueful smile. Then again, it might not be on the cards, it's in Marvel's best interests to keep the Loki-arc open because there are hordes of people counting down the days for this just for the chance to see the God of Mischief in action again.
Loki will become Tommy Wiseau after this movie.Look at that hairstyle...
SHIELD will show up with Phase II weapons.An extra-dimensional invasion of Dark Elves? This is exactly what Phase II was designed for. It wasn't ready in the Avengers, but the Chitauri invasion probably made them step up their time table. You just know SHIELD's been monitoring Jane anyway. When Jane travels to Asgard, Selvig and Darcy will probably alert SHIELD as soon as they can. At the very least, the United Kingdom's military/police will show up to fight the Dark Elf invasion.
At some point Loki will explain to Malekith just why invading earth is a bad idea."We have an army!" "They have a Hulk."
Loki vs. Kursewill feature a Call Back to the Hulk Smash scene: By Word of God (Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje) Loki and Kurse come to blows. This would be a perfect opportunity for Loki to avoid his opponent and say something to the effect of "I don't make the same mistakes twice." He'll probably still go down, but at least he'll show that he could have put up a fight if not for his sheer hubris against Jade Jaws.
Loki will become a butt monkey in this movie.Continuing from his humiliating defeat at the hands of the Hulk, Loki's luck will get worse and worse to the point where he's reduced to nothing more than a comic relief character.
Malekith will be scarred by OdinAccording to a few magazine pictures, Malekith isn't scarred during the Dark Elves/Marauder's invasion of Asgard. Perhaps he'll taste the wrath of Gungnir.
Surtur will appear in some fashionPerhaps he's the darkness that predates the universe and the one who gives Malekith his power.
Loki will pull his hologram decoy act again.This time Thor will see it coming and hilariously yet awesomely hit him for it. Alternately, he'll pull it on Kurse, and then snidely comment to Thor that "it's nice to see someone other than you fall for that."
Surtur will not only appear, but he will be a Composite Character.Namely one of himself and Dormammu, setting him up as the Big Bad of the probably-to-be-released-in-2016 Doctor Strange film.
Fandral and Darcy Lewis will start a romance in this film.They have a "blink and you'll miss it" moment of flirtation in the background of the first movie, and Kat Dennings has teased that Darcy may get some romance action in The Dark World. Alterantively, she's together with that guy who's helping her with something in the trailer (he's apparently called Ian).
When Loki slices off Thor's hand, he's being magically amped by Malekith
Malekith is weakening Thor with his (anti-matter based?) power.
Loki pulls a Snape.In which he pretends to be on Malekith's side, but is really fighting for Asgard. The whole 'slicing off Thor's hand' business could be an instant of If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten, and he uses his trickster/magic abilities to only make it look like he'd done it. Certainly the scene in the new trailer where Malekith is levitating Jane with Loki, the Dark Elves and possibly Thor standing by would be a good opportunity to betray either side for Laufeyson.
Thor won't lose his hand to Loki
The Dark Elf invasion has something to do with Odin sending Thor back to Earth in Avengers
OK, The Deaths...Alan Taylor has said there's gonna be a lot of deaths in this one. He said Thor survives, but everyone else isn't safe. So, there's a lot of people who could die:
Jane will be looked down upon by the Asgardians.Due to being a mortal, and will think she's weak to be able to defend herself. But she'll prove them wrong. Though the Warriors Three will be an exception, as they know how much Thor cares for her (plus they met her in the first movie).
Jane and Loki will have a conversation about science and magic.Because they're both experts of those two fields, Jane's interested in them due to her research, and although it's been said that magic and science are the same thing for Asgardians, it's not clear how Loki's powers fit with that statement. As a bonus, they might need to use or combine both at some point to fight against Malekith.
The film will drop a few hints about a certain somebody else having "survived"The trailers talk about things that have survived from before the universe. Plus, he's such an epic character and needs redemption from a certain other film. He'd make a great crossover villain.
Doctor Strange will cameo in the movieThat "something strange" thing they mentioned about the Thor movie just asked for it.
All of the Infinity Gems are playing double dutyThe end seen with Sif, Volstagg and the Collecter reveals the Tesserect (which is also the Cosmic Cube) is one of the Infinity Stones. Therefore, the other 5 Stones are also either well known powerful items, or part of them (such as part of the Ultimate Nullifier, or the Orb of Agamatto)
Richard is (or will be) someone significant in the future.If only because Chris O'Dowd seems an odd casting choice for such a small role.
Loki's status at the end of this movie is his way of protecting himself against Thanos.Loki is now disguising himself as Odin as a means to hide and potentially protect himself in case Thanos comes back for him because of his failure in Avengers. If Thanos or his majordomo show up demanding the Tessaract, he's in a position to just give it to them. It's safe to say his bases are well covered now.
Odin isn't deadLoki isn't powerful enough to kill him. He only disguised himself as the guard in order to trick Odin into believing he was dead, and later disguises himself as Odin in order to see what Thor was going to do (Odin was somewhere else when this happened). As for what his next motives are...we'll have to wait until Thor 3 for that.
Loki is actively working against ThanosThe deal Loki had with Thanos was that he would retrieve the Tesseract in return for being granted Earth. Since Volstagg and Sif are aware the Tesseract is an Infinity Stone, then it is logical that Loki would be as well. So he is aware that Thanos is trying to gather them. When Sif and Volstagg take the Aether to the Collector, they are presumably acting on Odin(Loki)'s orders. Meaning that Loki is trying to separate the Stones.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have to deal with the Ice Troll loose in LondonIt has already been announced that there will be a crossover episode where “In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces–one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.”
Loki died by Kurse's hand and was brought back to life.
Loki was being honest about liking Jane, at least somewhatGranted, he didn't seem to have that high of an opinion on humans in the past, but he did fling her out of the way of the gravity grenade and almost got killed himself in the process. He made the action look far too instinctive to be part of a carefully-constructed plan to manipulate anyone. Basically, that act was most likely a genuine reaction on his part.
Odin gave the throne to Loki.One of the thing we know about Odin is that he believes in results. He knows he needs an heir, and Thor isn't cut out for it, and probably already guessed that Thor no longer wanted it. Now, hate Loki though he may, he realized that Loki would at least have a vested interest in protecting Asgard if he was its king. Overall, Loki has the potential to be a truly great king. So, Odin let Loki take on his form to make the transition of power work. Wouldn't the real twist be if Loki didn't do anything unsavory to Odin, but was allowed by him to literally take his place on the throne?
Odin is dead.Loki killed him immediately after that scene in the throne room, hence the smirk. This article says it could go either way.
Thor knows that Odin is really Loki and is just biding his time to strikeThor was able to see through Loki's illusion while visiting him in his cell.
With the current political situation in Asgard, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's true rise of the supervillains will begin.Since Loki now controls Asgard, he is in a position to either search for the remaining Infinity Stones for Thanos and/or prepare to fight against him. To that end, Loki would need to make sure Thor and the Avengers will not move against him until he is ready to crush them, or call upon them for help when he deems them useful. To that end, a sure way of doing that would be to create various powerful supervillains that would occupy his brother, The Avengers and Shield. For instance, Loki could create Thor's more earthbound villains in his Rogues Gallery like The Absorbing Man, Mr. Hyde and The Wrecker. In addition, Loki could seek out The Red Skull and send him back to Earth with seed money to start his schemes of world domination to keep Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D. busy. Additionally, Loki could spring The Leader to push him to hound the Hulk for any scheme he would have in mind.
This is still a part of Loki's plan.After the Avengers, Loki was sent to Asgard as a prisoner. He managed to use the circumstances (the dark elves attack)to his favor. Now, as king of Asgard he can work freely to obtain the Infinity Gems for Thanos and will be with Thanos during the Avengers 3 (occupying the role Mephisto had during the Infinity Gauntlet series).
The Dark Elves aren't the only ones who lived before the universeThere was also a race of Humanoid Aliens. They were mostly killed when the universe started, but there is one Last of His Kind to survive. Just one.
Someone will see through Loki's illusion as OdinLoki will eventually slip up and his illusion as Odin will fade.This will prompt him to attempt to flee Asgard, possibly causing a manhunt to find him in the next Thor movie.
Odin did die, but Loki didn't kill him.Okay, in the first movie Loki lied and told Thor that the stress of everything that had happened was too much for Odin, and he died. Now at the end of Dark World, Odin has lost his wife, and believes he has lost a son. This proved too much for the Allfather to bear, and he passed away. Loki was simply in the right place to take advantage of this. Add that since we didn't see the soldier/Loki telling Odin who had died and only see him assuming that it was Loki, it's possible that the soldier/Loki told Odin that it was Thor who had died which would have been more devastating to him than if he thought Loki had died.
Collector is collecting the Infinity Stones tostop Galactus. The Council of Elders used Infinity Gems on Galactus in the mainstream universe once. Thanos can be the first arch-villain through Phase One to Phase Three or Four, and by the time they may have got back the rights of FF, so Galactus can be the next.
Other Infinity Gems may already be aroundWe have seen two, there are 4 more to go. Sure, the next movies will likely introduce new ones. But, as those are films, I wouldn't dismiss the chance that some object already seen in the cinematic universe has been an infinity gem all along. My bet is on "Gravitonium".
Loki didn't fake his death, and he didn't kill Odin. Odin sacrificed himself to resurrect Loki.It seems unlikely that Loki has the power, or, ultimately, the will to kill Odin. So how did he come to replace him? This is how: Loki does really die in the battle against Kurse. When Loki's body is brought to Odin, Odin uses his magic to see what happened in Svartalfheim, so he knows that in the end Loki acted honorably. He also finds out there's still a tiny spark of life left in Loki, so if he acts quickly, he could resurrect Loki. However, Odin's power is depleted because of the recent fight against the Dark Elves, and, more importantly, he's still devastated over the death of Frigga. He doesn't want to lose his adopted son on top of his wife. But due to Odin's weakened state, using his power to resurrect Loki would cause Odin himself to die. Since Loki's sacrifice has redeemed him in Odin's eyes, and since he longs to be with Frigga, Odin decides to sacrifice himself to revive Loki. However, even though Loki did indeed act honorably while working with his brother, that doesn't mean he's given up his dreams of becoming king. When Loki wakes up and sees the dead Odin beside him, he realizes what a great opportunity he's been given. He hides Odin's body and assumes his place on the throne of Asgard.
The popularity of Thor will lead to many people converting to Germanic Neo-PaganismOne of the students in the library towards the end of the film recognizes Thor, and other works in the Marvel Cinematic Universe make it clear that the heroes in the Avengers are well known and popular. Thor is a god, even if he doesn't want to be worshiped, there are still works on how people worshiped the Asgardians back in the past, and there are, currently, neo-pagan movements in the 21st century such as Asatru. Thor's actions in New York and London will spark a craze in people converting to these religions (and maybe individual neo-pagan leaders will use Thor's popularity and piggyback off that).
That TV reporter at Stonehenge is also Loki.
Loki suffers from comparable mental issues to Sergeant Bothari.
Loki is a Draco in Leather Pants in-universe.Despite all their wickedness, there will be people who think it is a good guy or agree with him.
Jane's strength was being enhanced by the Aether when she slapped Thor and LokiLots of people joke about how Jane shouldn't have been able to hurt Thor or Loki at all when she slapped them due to her being mere human and they Asgardians, but they forget that on both occasions Jane was being possessed by the Aether. It's possible that the Aether has the ability to empower anything that it occupies; even a normal human's strength and speed may be significantly increased by it.
Odin was killed, but wasn't killed by Loki.Odin was killed by another villain
How Loki faked his death.He impaled Kurse...but the blade didn't go all the way through. Instead Loki created the illusion of it going all the way, thus tricking both Thor and Kurse at the same time. He knew Kurse would try to kill him in retaliation. So the blade that goes through him? Wasn't a blade at all, but an illusion of one.
Loki is impersonating Odin at his request, a la Severus Snape.Odin never got to complete the Odin sleep, and still needs rest, so he asked Loki to take the throne for a while so the people of Asgard would not know he was vulnerable. Whether Loki does this without an ulterior motive is a different story.
Heimdall will end up taking the throne of Asgard.Asgard's in bad shape right now. There's marauders and bandits running around the nine worlds, the Dark Elves have killed Queen Frigga and tore up Asgard something fierce, and now the future of Asgard's government is in question. Thor has grown out of his Jerk Jock phase, but now he's renounced the throne in order to better protect the Nine Realms. Loki has tried to commit genocide on one planet, has tried to enslave another planet, and has pissed off everyone in Asgard. Odin is getting older, and losing his wife has seriously affected his judgement also, he might be dead or imprisoned somewhere. So, what's going to happen to Asgard in Thor 3? It's likely that Heimdall will take command. The Watsonian reason is that Heimdall is a mighty warrior, respected and feared by everyone in Asgard- there's a reason he guards the Bifrost (he did stab a spaceship to death, after all). He's loyal and wise, someone that Thor can trust. Heimdall is incorruptible and loyal, but not to the point of stupidity. In the first movie, when Thor demands that Heimdall open the bridge, Heimdall obeys, since Thor is the crown prince. Then, he immediately notifies Odin, because Thor is being a dumbass. In the second film, he assists Thor in tricking Odin, because Odin's too blinded with grief to properly handle the situation. After doing so, he surrenders, because Odin is still the king. The Doylist reason is that Heimdall is the only high ranking Asgardian we've met who isn't Thor, Odin, or Loki. There doesn't seem to be a Baldur in this universe, and there's only been a cameo or two of Tyr. No one else really carries the authority that Heimdall has, and it's not likely that they would introduce a new character just to fill the empty throne.