Leicester Square was in an unholy uproar last night as those mighty gods of the Marvel film universe, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston), joined up to do battle with the infernal forces of fandom. Shrieking, weeping and wildly brandishing their autograph books, the young crowd went completely wild at the sight of these two intergalactic stars, there to promote the global release of comic-book sequel ‘Thor: The Dark World’. Hiddleston in particular has become a firm favourite, and the scream that greeted his arrival could’ve deafened an elephant. Also on hand – though slightly less mania-inducing – were the film’s co-stars Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Christopher Eccleston and Swedish star Stellan Skarsgaard, who delivered the quote of night when interviewer Alex Zane asked him how he felt about seeing his traditional mythology up on the big screen: ‘There aren’t Norse myths. They’re American myths’. Well whatever their provenance, these are hugely popular and highly entertaining myths. The film itself was exactly the kind of witty, action-stuffed big-budget bonanza we were expecting.
You can read our review of ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and keep an eye on the Time Out website for all the Marvel news – including early word on ‘The Avengers 2’ – as soon as it comes in.