In a recent interview, Ray Stevenson talked about his return as the great, jolly, beer guzzling Volstagg in THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and after discussing various bits and pieces of interesting info, the thespian remarked that…

“Now is the time [for Thor] to rise up and assume of the mantle of king.”

Whoa, whoa, whoa…

What the hell does that mean? Is the royal throne of Asgard vacant at some point in the movie? Does Malekith or Kurse murder Odin in a hellacious battle?

Or… is this simply a continuation of the prologue in Kenneth Branagh’s THOR flick, which featured the Odinson’s unfinished coronation ceremony, having been interrupted by a few meddling, Jotun invaders. That would actually be a fitting answer to this riddle, but I don’t think that Marvel would want to introduce King Thor so early in their Avengers process. Ol’ Goldilocks has always been more fun as a swashbuckling, space faring prince… which is an aspect movie goers enjoy (I like this drink. Another!)

As much as I adore Anthony Hopkins’s performance as Odin, his onscreen death would provide much needed development for Hemsworth’s Thor, whose still stuck in dumb blond territory (despite his progression in previous movies).  And I honestly think the darker themes of this sequel lend themselves to the death of a significant character… and we all know that means the patriarch is always first to go.

What do you think? Was Stevenson’s statement as ominous as I thought?  Or am I a paranoid loon?

Marvel Studios’ “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo & Anthony Hopkins as Odin, “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery” #83 in August, 1962. “Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios.

SOURCE: Speakeasy