Thor:-The-Dark-World-Poster-LokiAs Joss Whedon’s The Avengers proved last year, Loki has a bit of a knack for breaking loose from custody, and the latest poster for Marvel’s upcoming Thor: The Dark World suggests he’s going to be pulling a similar escape artist trick in just a few weeks’ time.

Alan Taylor’s blockbuster sequel will pick up both where Whedon left off last year and where Kenneth Branagh did the year before, and the anticipation is naturally buzzing ahead of the second instalment in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel launched the first full-length trailer at the start of last month. And with the countdown ticking before its arrival, the studio has released two new character posters for Loki and Odin, King of Asgard.

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.

Chris Hemsworth is of course front and centre once more as the eponymous Thor, with Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston reprising their leading roles as Jane Foster and Loki, seen in the new poster below. And starring alongside will be an impressive cast of new and familiar faces, led by Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Tadanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Chris O’Dowd, and Rene Russo.

Taylor (Game of Thrones) is directing from a script penned by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) alongside Christopher Yost (The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes).

Thor: The Dark World will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on 30th October here in the UK, with its US release date falling just over a week later on November 8th. In the meantime, take a look at Thor busting out in the new poster. The question is, did he want to get caught, like he did last year? Or has whoever tried to lock him up just made him more angry?