Marvel Studios are on a roll, having already cast not one, but three different villains for Iron Man 3 – and now they’ve announced Casino Royale baddie Mads Mikkelsen will be playing an as-yet unknown villain in Thor 2. However, fans will be happy to know Tom Hiddleston will also be back as Loki, and is said to still have a big part as the sequel’s antagonist – and there willll be plenty of tension to look forward to back at Asgard.

Mikkelsen starred as the blood-crying villain Le Chiffre alongside Daniel Craig as James Bond in the film Casino Royale, and his solid acting skills should make him a challenging adversary to the mighty Thor. Fans will also be excited to hear that Idris Elba has already confirmed that he will return as Asgard’s gatekeeper Heimdall – maybe he’ll get more involved with the action in the sequel?

As of yet, it’s not been announced which villain Mikkelsen will be playing, but fans could already be guessing at some of the possible clues… such as Mikkelsen’s Danish background, or the fact that Loki is still involved.

It seems 2013/14 is shaping up well for Marvel Studios, after struggling to keep up with their plan of two theatrical releases per year. Delays with Thor and The Avengers saw Iron Man 2 released by itself in 2010, and this year The Avengers is without a partner since Runaways was indefinitely postponed. Now it seems they’re back to two films in a year, or perhaps even more

Thor 2 is set to star Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie PortmanStellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Mads Mikkelsen, Josh Dallas and Anthony Hopkins. Production starts this summer with a November 15th, 2013 release planned.

Are you already excited about Thor 2?

Source: FirstShowing