Thor Sequel Exploring The Nine Worlds?

With “Monster” director Patty Jenkins now looking likely to helm “Thor 2” for Marvel Studios, some new details have emerged on what the actual content of the Don Payne-scripted film will be via Marvel president Kevin Feige.

Feige tells EW that the upcoming sequel will “take Thor literally to other worlds. [It will] primarily be the journey of that character, of he and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and how the new dynamic with his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) is working out, as well as what are the broader stakes for The Nine Worlds.”

The first film showed us three of the Nine Worlds: Asgard, home of Thor. Midgard, our modern Earth. Jotunheim, the frozen wasteland of the Frost Giants.

Vanaheim, home of the Asgardian sister race the Vanir; Alfheim, home of the light elves; and Nidavellir, the dark fields of the dwarves, all reside on the same planetoid as Asgard along with the hall of Valhalla where the honored dead go (but it is not considered a separate world).

Other worlds that seem more ripe for exploration in the sequel include Hel, the realm of the dead ruled over by an Asgardian goddess named Hela; Muspelheim, the fiery realm of demons ruled by Surtur; and Svartalfheim, the home of the dark elves. There’s also Niffleheim, the frozen realm of the dishonored dead, but it’s not considered a separate world – rather a part of Hel.

Neither Natalie Portman or Anthony Hopkins are yet confirmed to be reprising their roles.