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While it's disappointing that Kenneth Branagh has decided to move on to other things, we're big enough fans of HBO's "Game of Thrones" to know that Alan Taylor should be able to handle the big epic locations of Asgard as well as the very human drama that comes with it. Since Thor moved into the top slot for our favorite solo Marvel movie recently, this is the sequel we have the most expectations and hopes for and Branagh has left some mighty big boots to fill.
Here are our suggestions…
1. How did Thor get back to earth in The Avengers? – This is something pretty major and we think this means that the Thor sequel or at least part of it will have to take place during the first act of The Avengers (or earlier) to explain how Thor, who was trapped on Asgard with the destruction of the Bifrost at the end of Thor, somehow appears on earth to save his brother Loki from
2. Keep Loki in a smaller role – Yeah, we all love Tom Hiddleston's Loki from Thor and The Avengers, but you can't really top the level of evil he brought to those movies, so maybe for this second movie, Loki needs to recharge his batteries, and take a smaller supporting role, maybe plotting from the background and sending others to fight his brother. Thor has lots of decent villains including many in the realm of Asgard so that shouldn't be a problem.
3. Trolls! -- We like those ice giants from Thor just fine but one thing we learned from seeing the Norwegian movie Trollhunter is that trolls are a lot of fun to watch fighting against tiny humans. Thor and the Asgardians are larger than normal humans but we still think seeing Thor fighting Ulik (one of hte great bosses from SEGA's Thor game) or some of the bigger trolls could make for an exciting movie.
4. More Thor on Earth – We already know that a lot of the sequel will take place on Asgard and the other Nine Realms, which are all very cool, but what we love about the concept of Thor is that he's a God on earth and how he deals with things he's not accustomed to. We really liked his short-lived romance with Natalie Portman's Jane Foster, and we can't imagine that not playing a large part in the sequel, and of course, who could forget the great laughs that came from Kat Dennings' Darcy? And if you're going to have him on earth, maybe one could briefly introduce some of his Earth villains like The Wrecking Crew… but we might be asking for too much there.
5. Bring Thor to the city and give him an alter-ego--Now we're probably asking a little too much here, but part of showing Thor on earth is to allow him to have new experiences, and there's not really that much to do in the area of New Mexico where he spent the first movie. You also can't really have a God walking around big cities without getting odd looks, so even if he puts on normal clothes and gets a regular job (like construction worker), he can fit in better. Since Thor spent a bit of time in New York in The Avengers it might make some sense for him to stay there, but he may also want to visit Jane Foster where she was sent for her own safety in Avengers.