The folks at Marvel Studios have been especially tight-lipped about the details of Thor 2, which is set to begin filming later this summer.
However, we do know a few things about the much-anticipated follow-up to last year's blockbuster, which introduced moviegoers to everyone's favorite Asgardian.
As SHA has already discussed, Loki (played expertly by Tom Hiddleston) will return to Asgard to answer for his actions on Earth (if you have yet to see The Avengers, stop reading and go see it already! What's wrong with you?!). However, Loki is likely to hand the lead-villain duties over to a new set of evil-doers, presumably fan boy-favorites The Enchantress and The Executioner.
We also know that the sequel may explore new locales residing in The Nine Realms. It is also likely to depict a darker, more Viking-inspired version of Asgard, which title actor Chris Hemsworth recently described as having "big waterfalls and mountains and a Viking influence, where the Norse mythology kind of grew from."
A more mythological view of Asgard is not the only change fans can expect from the sequel, however, as it has recently been announced actor Josh Dallas will not be reprising his role as Warriors Three member, Fandral.
Dallas won over fans with his charismatic portrayal of the Errol Flynn-inspired swashbuckler, but will be unable to appear in next year's film due to commitments to the ABC television show, "Once Upon A Time."
“I’ll be missing out on wearing all that hair,” Dallas told Entertainment Weekly. “The timing wasn’t right. I’m bummed about it because I had such a great experience and great time making the first film and was really excited about coming back. Marvel and Disney tried to make it work. But because of my commitment to Once Upon a Time, I was not going to be able to do both. So I’ll have to hand the reins over to someone else. I love Marvel. I wish them all the best. I will certainly be first in line to see it."
With Dallas out, early reports indicate that the role will be handed to "Chuck" star, Zachary Levi. Fans may remember that Levi was the front runner to play Fandral in the original film, but had to pull out when NBC granted Chuck an episode extension. Talks with Levi are reportedly in the early stages, but The Holly Reporter indicates that "an offer is immanent."
Thor 2 is now slated for a November 8, 2013 release.