Location shooting for Marvel Studio’s upcoming Thor: The Dark World should be a bit of a homecoming as the film will be traveling to Iceland, one of the homes of the Norse myths that helped inspire the comic book superhero.
Icelandic film site Svarthofdi (via filmophilia) is reporting that the country will be a location for the movie scheduled to go into production in just a few weeks in London.
The country is familiar to director Alan Taylor who shot portions of his contributions to the second season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones there. Additionally, the country has recent seen productions like Prometheus and the upcoming Tom Cruise actioner Oblivion, Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah and Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty remake all film there.
We know that the film will explore more of the mystical “Nine Realms” first mentioned in Thor. Christopher Eccelston has recently been cast as Thor comics villain Malekith the Accursed, so it is possible that the country may be standing in for the character’s home world of Svartalfheim.
Between this and the news that Iron Man 3 will do some location filming in China, I am really exciting that Marvel seems to be looking to spend a little of that Avengers money they earned this summer and are expanding the scope of their films. While they did do a decent job of making a Cleavland street look like midtown Manhattan for a portion of The Avengers, there is nothing like journeying to the actual location for shooting and the results should be readily apparent when Thor: The Dark World hits theaters on November 8, 2013.