Although the film has only been in American theaters for a few days, it’s already proven itself to be a winner with fans and audiences. With a $66 million opening weekend, it outpaced the openings for X-Men, Fantastic Four and both Hulk movies and is paving the way for the upcoming Captain America: First Avenger, 2012’s The Avengers, and a sequel of his own. Although Marvel Studios haven’t officially announced a Thor 2, if you factor in the box office receipts so far, critical buzz and informal talk in interviews by the movie’s cast, work is already underway on a second trip to Asgard. But what would a second Thor film look like?
The end-credits scene between Nick Fury and Dr. Selvig talking over a Cosmic Cube hint at a future, but most of the speculation in this regards points to it being a factor in Captain America and/or 2012’s The Avengers rather than setting up a 2nd Thor film. Other open-ended questions presented in Thor such as the broken Rainbow Bridge should also be answered in Joss Whedons’ Avengers flick in 2012, at least when it comes to Thor sharing the screen with Iron Man and Captain America.
Given the interconnective-ness of Marvel’s properties from comics to movies to games and animation, looking to other recent titles provides some potential clues. The tie-in video game Thor: God of Thunder, incidentally written by Matt Fraction, hoists comic book foes Surtur and Ulik as key adversaries for Thor and the Warriors Three.
Putting Surtur in as a future foe in Thor 2 would be interesting – the fire demon of Muspelheim has a long history with both Odin and Thor, with Surtur constantly going after the Earth realm. Imagine Surtur in a live-action movie – it’s like Balrog from Lord of the Rings mixed with Tim Curry’s devil from Legend.
In comics, both Brian Michael Bendis and Matt Fraction have utilized the Asgardian Goddess of Death Hela recently in both Thor and Avengers and could be an interesting factor to keep in mind. Hela has killed Thor in comics on two occasions Although we know how comic book deaths go, Hela has killed Thor on two separate occasions – making her more than a match for Thor himself.
If they wanted to go with a more street-level Thor movie, they could show Thor taking to the streets of New York with Jane Foster and put at odds with the Absorbing Man and possibly the Wrecking Crew.
With all these possibilities, I still don’t see a place in Thor movie continuity for the biggest foe Thor’s ever faced – Ego the Living Planet. I don’t think even the Shakespearean-trained Kenneth Brannagh could figure that one out for the big screen.