Disney’s D23 expo is well underway this weekend and already news about Marvel and Star Wars is making the rounds after both topics were discussed by bigwigs Alan Horn and Kevin Feige. But while the chairman of Disney and the president of Marvel both gushed about their upcoming projects, a few familiar faces made a surprise appearance when it was time to unveil new footage of Thor: The Dark World.
Tom Hiddleston went viral after showing up at Comic-Con in costume and in character as the villainous Loki, but when he showed up at D23 he was just regular old Tom. However, he apologized for not forcing the audience to kneel before him by trotting out Natalie Portman and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Per a report from Deadline, Hiddleston not showing up in costume didn’t mean he go low key on the theatrics:
“I should apologize for not turning up in costume. I’m not going to get this crowd to kneel. This is Disneyland. But I did bring some friends of mine.” At which point he introduced Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins. The Oscar winning Hopkins, who plays Thor’s father Odin in the franchise, had the entire crowd on their feet.
Portman talked for a while about the upcoming film and her character’s role in the sequel. The actress stated that her character, Jane Foster, and Thor’s have a sort of role reversal where as in the first film Thor was adjusting to being on Earth, Foster is the “fish out of water” in The Dark World.
It was a nice surprise for those in attendance and hearing more about the film, as well as seeing the new footage that was unveiled, as psyched up Marvel fans even more than they already were for Phase 2 to officially begin.