It wasn't just incidental that Thor didn't call Jane Foster during The Avengers. It wasn't just the outcome of him being somewhat busy with an alien invasion. It was a key plot seed for his own new movie, The Dark World.
Thor's antipodean alter-ego, Chris Hemsworth has been speaking with USA Today, setting up the somewhat fraught status of his romance with Foster at the top end of the new movie.
Thor still has lot of explaining to do, and a lot of making up. Even demigods end up in the doghouse, mate. So none of us is safe.
And even when he does reconnect with Jane, their troubles are multiplying. She's apparently right in harm's way danger on Earth, so he transplants her to Agard… where she meets his Mum and Dad. It had to happen sometime.
Marvel Studio's bossman Kevin Feige promises:
the familiar territory of a love triangle where the parents think your girlfriend is wrong for you.
A love triangle with your parents? Not what he really meant. Unless they do things very differently in Asgard.
Anyway, that's one of the big emotional ideas at the heart of the movie, alongside the other things we've already reported on. Like how Thor ends up making a truce with Loki, for example, and the two team-up for a while. That and… other, spoilery things.
But what about the slam-bam action stuff? There's going to be loads of that too, of course, so will it be just like the last go-around? Of course not. These things always escalate in someway.
Malekith the Dark Elf will stage attacks on both Asgard and Earth, and Hemsworth has explained how Thor will fight back:
I really wanted to ramp up his skill set in battle, He's not just this Viking throwing the hammer. Here he's more demigod with dynamic moves we haven't seen before.
Did anybody else just picture a moonwalk? Or backwards handsprings?
If they can get us half way to The Avengers' blend of genre fun and witty character work, Thor 2 could be one of the Year's best pictures. Just half way. Surely that's only half of not too much to ask?