A couple of notable casting choices for upcoming Marvel movies hit this afternoon, and let’s start with Mads Mikkelsen, who is in talks to play the bad guy in Thor 2. We don’t know much about the plot for the Alan Taylor-directed film at this point, and we don’t know what role Mikkelsen will play. Tom Hiddleston will still be around as Loki, but we don’t know how he fits into the story, either. Many questions. We do know that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that Thor 2 will have another big villain aside from Loki, and so now we have an actor to pin to the question mark role.

I also know that Mikkelsen is a great presence, and an actor whose work I greatly enjoy. I was sad that he didn’t end up leaving the greatest mark on Casino Royale when playing the antagonist in Daniel Craig’s first Bond outing, but I can always go back to his great work in three films from Nicolas Winding Refn: the first two Pusher films , and Valhalla Rising.

Thor 2, with Chris Hemsworth in his third outing in the title role, is scheduled for November 15, 2013, and should shoot later this summer. [Variety]

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