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Thor 2 Villain Ideas
One of the biggest surprises this summer remains to be Thor. Considering the success it has received thus far the sequel talk has already begun and is slated to release in theaters in July 2013. Sadly, director Kenneth Branagh won't be returning to direct the sequel but will probably be a producer while Chris Hemsworth will return as the god of thunder (shocker, not intended to be a pun). Producer Kevin Feige has stated that writer Don Payne is already at work for ideas on the sequel and some may have been revealed. That being said, the villain rumors have already hit the web. The producers are already discussing possible villains including Amora the Enchantress and Skurge The Executioner. It's also not hard to imagine that Loki would also be back in some sort of capacity but seeing that he is also going to be involved in the upcoming Avengers film it's doubtful he will be a major part.
Amora and Skurge make for obvious picks for the forthcoming sequel as they are two of the oldest and most popular enemies of Thor and they have some great stories of their own that would translate very well to the big screen. Amora was one of the most powerful magic wielders in all of Asgard with her magical arsenal focused on charming and mind-controlling people, her undoubted beauty certainly helps in that regard. Skurge served as a pawn to her but mostly because of his love for her. She gave him just enough amount of affection to ensure his constant loyalty. The two caused quite a few problems with Thor, the Avengers and even Asgard in attempts of gaining control. The two of them also sometimes serve as allies of Thor and Asgard when threatened by greater enemies such as Surtur the most powerful being of Asgard's native enemies.
Amora would provide a good villain seeing as how Thor and Jane are seperated from each other at the end of the the first film. This could all possibly change pending on how Thor gets out of Asgard for the Avengers film, but Amora in the comics also has an off and on romantic link with Thor who she falls for when he inherits the throne of Asgard. Amora however, was slain by Loki to lead a revolt in fulfillment of the Ragnorak prophecies which could set up the third Thor film for a massive war between Thor and Loki.
One rumor of the sequel is that Natalie Portman may not be able to reprise her role as Jane Foster. It's not know if the character will be missing from the movie or just simply recast, so instead what they could do is simply have Skurge kidnap her and exile her to another dimension to get the attention of Thor. He also in the comics becomes an eventual ally of Thor, much like Enchantress, in which he makes a heroic sacrifice to save his people which remains to be one of the best stories told in the Thor comics.
Another villain they could easily bring in for the sequel is Ymir, a frost giant, as he would easily take over as the king of Jotunheim as Laufey had fallen at the end of the first film. Ymir would certainly be a challenge for Thor as his powers rival that of Odin and the fire demon Surtur.
Hopefully with the sequel Heimdall and Sif will have bigger roles. Sif espescially seeing as how in the comics she falls in love with Thor and doesn't understand his feelings for Jane. As I've stated before the problems of bringing back Jane could bring about the start of the love triangle involving Sif, Thor and Jane.
There is alot of different ways writer Don Payne could go with the sequel considering all the material is has to go on, seeing as how well he did writing the first film it's safe to say that he will do a good job. It is sad that Kenneth Branagh won't be back to direct but I feel this franchise is in good hands and the Marvel Comics studios are geniuses for how they are carefully handling all of their films. Hats off to them all.
Fast forward a year and it still seems likely that Amora the Enchantress will be the lead villain. The route they could go may have Loki attempting to put a wedge between Thor's relationship with Jane by sending Amora after him. This ultimately could put a strain on their relationship making him decide to stay in Asgard where he begins to start noticing Sif in a different light. Sif was under utilized in Thor, but expect her to have more screen time in the second. Thor 2 will also be the second movie under "Phase Two" of Marvel Studios Universe of films. With that being said, it is likely that it will advance the story of that phase. As to where they could go in that regard remains to be seen. An educated guess would be to show more of the nine realms and the creatures that live in those realms. Also keep in mind what was shown in Odin's vault at quick glance in Thor 1, if you blinked you probably missed it and it could also play a huge part in Thor 2 but I doubt it considering it will focus more on Thor himself. The item that was shown in Odin's vault was the Infinity Gauntlet, and as phase one of the Avengers focused more on the Tesseract, maybe then the Infinity Gauntlet will be a big part of phase two.
It has recently been confirmed that the actor Mad Mikkelsen will be joining Thor 2 as an unspecified villain. Mikkelsen starred in films such as Casino Royale, Valhalla Rising and Clash of the Titans. In the same light, it has also been confirmed that Tom Hiddleston will once again return as the god of mischief and be one of the main villains in the sequel. In terms of speculation as to who Mikkelsen is playing, I would say it is likely that he is playing Malekith the ruler of the Dark Elves or Skurge the Executioner. The Executioner is the likely one as now with Loki for sure returning in some fashion it isn't hard to see him teaming up with Amora the Enchantress as he becomes her ally in an attempt to take down Thor. More will be known in the coming months as the writing process has not yet started for the film.