We’ve finally got our dirty little mitts on the first official trailer for THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and I must admit…. Holy fucking hell, it’s awesome! Director Alan Taylor (yeah, the same guy responsible for those early episodes of Game of Thrones) delivers a darker, grittier, Viking-ier approach to the classic Asgardian superhero. I don’t want to discuss too much of it, for fear of spoiling it, so make sure you check it out below:

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Pretty damn insane, right? Not to compare such a macho, hairy chested franchise like Thor to a children’s novel… but it looks like Marvel’s done a better job of melding magic in the real world than their pervious two flicks have, similar to what the WB achieved in their Harry Potter series.

Although, if I can lament a single fanboy gripe (besides the reappearance of Loki… just let him die!), it would be that Thor still doesn’t seem as powerful as he was in Kenneth Branaugh’s first movie. And even then, Thor was underpowered for the sake of creating a “relateable” superhero, but in the context of Asgardians, none of that really makes sense. By Stan Lee’s own admission, Thor was meant to be Marvel’s stronger equivalent to Superman… something along the lines of “Well if they have a super man, we’ll make a super god!”

So make him mightier! Make Mjolnir faster! Add the cracking of thunder to every movement! Shatter some mountains during one of the fight scenes, and make it nothing more than the inconsequential damage inflicted by a god in combat!

But I shouldn’t complain too much. At least we’re finally getting that heaping handful of grit that the Marvel Universe has desperately needed for the past few years.

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.