Thor is no doubt mighty with his hammer Mjolnir, yet the Thor movies prove he's a pretty emotional sort, as well.
Played by Chris Hemsworth, the Asgardian Avenger has his main squeeze (Natalie Portman) back on Earth that he yearns to protect in the sequel Thor: The Dark World, and also a complicated family life back in his home fantasy realm with his treacherous half-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), stoic father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and loving mother Frigga (Rene Russo).
A deleted scene from the bonus features of The Dark World - out on 3-D and HD digital Feb. 4, and Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 25 - showcases a dialogue between Thor and Frigga where they discuss Loki as he sits in an Asgardian prison cell. (It's his punishment for using the Tesseract, recruiting an alien army and almost annihilating New York City in the movie The Avengers.)
Although Thor admires his mom's compassion, he questions why Frigga would still indulge Loki and visit him in his jail.
"Mother, Loki is not the boy you once knew," Thor says, which causes her to respond, "Nor are you. And I loved you no less when your father banished you to Earth."
Frigga also admits to Thor that she doesn't regret sharing her magic with her black sheep of a son. "You and your father cast large shadows. I had hoped that by sharing my gifts with Loki that he could find some sun for himself."
Director Alan Taylor told USA TODAY in October before The Dark World's theatrical release that directing episodes of HBO shows such as Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos taught him how effective it can be exploring intimate human conflicts amid an epic visual feast.
And in the case of the Thor sequel, that means playing relatable aspects such as Thor and Loki's brotherly bickering writ large against an expansive fantasy landscape.
"Thor has a girlfriend he let down - he promised he would come back and he didn't and a lot of us know what that feels like," Taylor said. "Odin as a father figure is a wonderful source because he's a terrible father. He's done some really crappy parenting, raising two boys and saying, 'Well, one of you is going to be king.' That's a ticket for disaster.
"All those charged relationships make us care."
In addition to deleted and extended scenes, the extras on The Dark World include an exclusive look at the next Marvel Studios production Captain America: The Winter Soldier (out April 4), the Marvel "One-Shot" short film All Hail the King starring Ben Kingsley, a featurette on Thor and Loki's relationship, a behind-the-scenes look at Brian Tyler composing the film's score, and an audio commentary with Taylor, Hiddleston and producer Kevin Feige.
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