See Thor's Hammer Mjölnir & Thor: The Dark World Battle of Greenwich Film Locations – FILM LOCATION


Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thor Dark World GreenwichTo celebrate the home release of Thor: The Dark World, Marvel Studio's have placed a huge replica of  Mjolnir, Thor's Hammer for all to see in Greenwich. But hurry as it will only be there till Friday 28 February.

Last week I received an email alerting me to the location of Thor's hammer, so over the weekend I grabbed my pants, jumped on the tube at Charing Cross station, jumped off in Greenwich 3 stops later. *Whilst exact travel details are further below pants are optional!


Thor: The Dark World 'How do I get to Greenwich?'


If you like Thor and want to know how you get to Greenwich, TFL can help you with that!

While I was there I checked out the location for Thor: The Dark World's climactic Battle of Greenwich, between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Malekith's (Christopher Eccleston) evil elf forces that flattened Greenwich, well the Old Royal Naval College anyway.

Thor: The Dark World Poster
Thor: The Dark World Poster ZOOM
Thor: The Dark World

When Jane Foster is possessed by a great power, Thor must protect her from a new threat of old times: the Dark Elves.

Director:
Alan Taylor


Writers:

Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Don Payne, Robert Rodat, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby

Stars:
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston


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Marvel have put Mjölnir in the gardens of De Vere Devonport House across the road from Old Royal Naval College where the Battle of Greenwich from Thor: The Dark World takes place.

Malekith didn't just visit Greenwich just because of the great tax breaks for film production or because it is a historical and cultural landmark but Greenwich is the exact point on Earth that is the centre of the Nine Realms when they converge, thusly the perfect place, for Malekith's Aether weapon, one of the six Marvel Universe's sought after infinity stones, to be amplified sufficiently - that it will set off a chain reaction across the Nine Realms terraforming the entire galaxy into the Dark World. Man of Steel much?

Thor: The Dark World Malekith's enormous Ark ship attacks Greenwich
Thor: The Dark World Malekith's enormous Ark ship attacks Greenwich ZOOM

We first see the Old Royal Naval College from above as Malekith the Accursed's Eye of Sauron like giant Ark ship descends upon the Thames river before dragging it's way into the Old Royal Naval College grounds prior to the the battle commencing mainly in the grassy Lower Grand Square between the Kings Charles Court & Queen Anne Court close to the river, Upper Grand Square between King William Court & Queen Mary Court (between the ornate columns and underneath Sir Christopher Wren’s twin domes) the cobbled College Way road as well across the Nine Realms accessed through dimension portals. On the day I visited it looked like the sculpture of

The no holds barred battle then commences between Malekith's forces and Thor whilst his comrades; Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård), Jane's intern Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), and her intern, Ian Boothby (Jonathan Howard) support him with the brainier scientific stuff.


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We can also briefly see the interior of The Painted Hall when Jane Foster and Dr. Erik Selvig run through the hall before the windows are seen exploding inwards.

You can read more detail on  how the Battle of Greenwich was created over here: https://www.fxguide.com/featured/the-dark-side-behind-the-vfx-of-thor-the-dark-world/


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Thor is not the only hero to have visited the Old Royal Naval College. Harrison Ford Jack Ryan stopped a terrorist attack in Patriot Games within the exact same battle area. Christian Bale's Batman / Bruce Wayne visited when the college substituted for the Venice Restaurant at the end of The Dark Knight Rises.

James Bond popped in twice once when M visits the coffins of the fallen agents in Skyfall and earlier in Octopussy when it served as the Russian National Fine Art Repository.

Sherlock Holmes must have ORNC Angelship as he loitered around when the streets doubled for Victorian era London for both of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films and it even played host to Angelina Jolie's Lara Croft in Tomb Raider when the Painted Hall became the Venice hall for the council of the Illuminati.













Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow got in the action when it doubled for the streets of London as well as Captain Jacks swinging scene was set in the Painted Hall for Pirates Of The Caribbean, On Stranger Tides. Even The Wolverine's Hugh Jackman came to sing here when he starred in Tom Hooper's Les Miserables and it was transformed into the streets of Paris. Henry Cavill will visit in Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. soon.

/div> The Establishing Shot: THOR: THE DARK WORLD TRAILER - 30 OCTOBER 2013

After hammering both the box office competition and the 2011 performance of ‘Marvel’s Thor’, the unstoppable march of the Marvel cinematic universe continues with the highly anticipated in-home release of ‘Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World’. Releasing on 2D Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, digital download and on demand, the ultimate battle for the cosmos arrives in UK homes on 24th February 2014.

"Marvel's Thor: The Dark World"..Dark Elves (Chris Eccleston)..Ph: Jay Maidment..© 2013 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2013 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.


‘Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World’ sees Thor, the Mighty Avenger battle to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, 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.

Where:
Thor's hammer location: 
De Vere Devonport House, King William Walk, London, SE10 9JW

Map of Devonport House: http://bit.ly/1f8AQJo

Thor: The Dark World final battle location: 
Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9NN

More information: http://www.ornc.org/ and map of The Old Royal Naval College here!

Nearest train station/tube from central London: Greenwich Overground (15 minutes from London Bridge Overground) or Greenwich DLR (20 minutes from Bank DLR)


*Please note - there is no guarantee that you will see the lost Jotunheim Beast at Greenwich.

THE ESTABLISHING SHOT: SEE THOR'S HAMMER MJÖLNIR & THOR: THE DARK WORLD BATTLE OF GREENWICH FILM LOCATIONS – FILM LOCATION

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