In the post-Avengers world we live in, there’s a heightened anticipation for Marvel’s next wave of films, which include Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. Both are in production, while Captain America 2 is about to enter production. We know quite a bit about Iron Man 3, but what’s Thor 2 about? Now there’s a synopsis.

And here it is:

Marvel’s 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 and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor: The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) 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 Motion Pictures.

This sounds busy. Malekith is apparently played by Christopher Eccleston, and it sounds like the film is going to have a hard time bringing its fantasy worlds and Earth together. It looks like most everyone is back from the last film (save a switch-out with Zachary Levi replacing Josh Dallas as Frandal), and it sounds like this will be more of a sequel to the first film than to The Avengers.

Though the first film was saddled with a lot of set-up and world-building, there’s no denying that Thor got the cast right, and had great leads in Hemsworth and Hiddleston, and now that all the set up is out of the way, we can’t wait to have fun in this universe. Though director Alan Taylor may have a lot of television behind him, hiring someone from Game of Thrones is smart, and we have high hopes that he gets this one right.

What do you want most out of Thor 2?