The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 movies were always going to be interesting because they will show how the world is reacting to the events of “The Avengers.” Too frequently big blockbuster movies show a scene of massive destruction but never deal with the consequences. In “Iron Man 3” and the “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” pilot we’ve already seen both our heroes and the people of Earth coming to terms with the Battle of New York and revelations that aliens and gods exist, and that looks like it’s a theme that will continue in “Thor: The Dark World.”

It’s no secret that Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki has a major role in the upcoming “Thor” flick as Thor has to turn to him for help destroying the dark elf Malekith the Accursed. Loki comes front and center in this new trailer for “Thor: The Dark World,” and he steals all of the many scenes he’s in.

The best one comes when Natalie Portman‘s Jane Foster comes face-to-face with Loki for the first time since the events of “The Avengers.” In her own small way to avenge the Battle of New York, she decks him across the face. It’s amazing, and so is Loki’s response.

It’s interesting that this trailer largely downplays Malekith as an enemy (only those looking closely will notice specifics about him and his dark elf army) to instead focus on the threat he poses and the fact it brings Thor and Loki together once again. At least Alan Taylor‘s expertise as a director shines through, as settings of the film look beautiful — and similar to those in “Game of Thrones.”

“Thor: The Dark World” also stars Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Anthony Hopkins and Jaimie Alexander. The flick is due in theaters on Nov. 8.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz