(Edit: According to Tom Hiddleston's publicist Luke, this cover is subscriber-only. The other Loki cover I posted below is the one that's hitting the newsstands.)
The new issue of Empire hits newsstands next Thursday, and just to give you a taste of what to expect, here's a new batch of stills from Thor: The Dark World, offering a good look at Christopher Eccleston's Malekith and his armada, as well as the returning Asgardians. Yes, the new issue, along with much other goodness, holds these new stills and lots from the cast and crew of the film.
"You know, we are killing Asgardians in this movie," says director Alan Taylor inside. "It turns out immortality isn't all that it was cracked up to be."
Explains producer Craig Kyle, "Asgard at the beginning of the first film was at a time of peace. Now our guys have been fighting for over a year, constantly. It's a time of war.
"When the Bifrost was broken at the end of the first film, Odin had to conjure a lot of dark energy and go through a lot of personal sacrifice to try and get his son back to Earth. And it was a one-shot deal. If Thor didn't succeed, without the Tesseract he couldn't have got back again. And in our film, finally the Bifrost has been rebuilt, but during that time, when the cops were largely cut off from the rest of the universe, you had miscreants that came in from outside the Nine Realms, pillaging and destroying and causing havoc. So that's what our guys have been doing now - trying to put all these fires out across the Nine Realms."
Returning cast include Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as the treacherous Loki, Natalie Portman as scientist Jane Foster, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Rene Russo as Frigga, Stellan Skarsgard as Dr Selvig, Kat Dennings as Darcy, Jaimie Alexander as Sif and Ray Stevenson as Volstagg. Among the newcomers are Christopher Eccleston as big bad Malekith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algrim and Zachary Levi as Fandral.
Thor: The Dark World hits cinemas in the UK on October 30 and in the US on November 8. The new issue of Empire, with much much more on the film, hits newsstands next Thursday.
Edit: ANOTHER Loki cover!
The Thor covers
We already unveiled exclusive new stills from Thor: The Dark World this morning, but now it's the time for our covers to match. The God Of Thunder and his errant brother Loki, God Of Mischief, both get their time to shine on Empire this month. Cue brooding, scheming and some flying through the air on two collectable newsstand and two subscribers' covers.
The covers are but the tip of the iceberg for the October issue, with an extensive set report and cast interviews on the Thor sequel inside. Says Hiddleston of the relationship between the two adoptive brothers, "It's fun to play these opposites. Even down to the fighting styles: Chris was talking about boxing, all right-hooks and upper cuts. I was talking about capoeira; there's this sort of balletic elegance to the way Loki fights because he's the trickster, he's the deceiver, he's the shapeshifter. Thor is a block of granite, or rather uru [the material from which Mjolnir is made] and Loki is like the wind."
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— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) August 23, 2013
This month's covers demonstrate the two sides of this relationship, and will debut in all reputable newsagents across the Nine Realms next Thursday, August 29. Thor: The Dark World hits UK cinemas on October 30 and US cinemas on November 8.
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