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Kat Dennings

by Brett White

One of the biggest surprises in 2011's "Thor" was just how funny it was, and many of those one-liners came from Darcy, Jane Foster's college intern played by Kat Dennings. Being the sarcastic comic relief, Darcy could have easily been plucked out when the time came for a sequel. Instead, Dennings' fantastic performance made the character essential, and she stole pretty much every scene she was a part of in "Thor." Now the charater and the actress are back on board for "Thor: The Dark World."

While the character has only been briefly glimpsed in the films first few trailers, Dennings recently told the Los Angeles Daily News to expect a lot more from Darcy the second time around.

"She's really bad at real science in this first movie," said Dennings. "In the second movie, she's more interested, but she still doesn't know anything about it... Darcy does many amazing things, the content of which I will probably get snipered if I reveal."


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Kat Dennings

For someone who has a relatively small role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kat Dennings is an expert at playing coy about her character. It has been revealed that she'll be back for "Thor: The Dark World" as Natalie Portman's sidekick Darcy, but beyond that we don't know much -- and she's not talking.

“I can’t tell you a lot,” Dennings told Metro UK. “I don’t know exactly what they’re releasing, so I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say. And if I say the wrong thing, I’m going to probably be assassinated."

It is believed that Darcy will have a boyfriend played by Jonathan Howard in this film, Comic Book Movie reports, but it's still not clear how much time Thor is going to spend on Earth in this movie or if Darcy for whatever reason will join him on his adventures to other realms. Because of that, it makes sense that Dennings would want to keep the details of her role a secret until "Thor: The Dark World" comes out in November. She at least did talk about what it's been like filming the sequel comic book movie.

“The experience has been fantastic. I think the atmosphere of this movie is going to feel a lot more authentic for fans," she said. "I think that will be really cool.”

"Thor: The Dark World" comes out November 8.

Did you like Dennings' character in "Thor"? Do you hope she has a bigger role in "The Dark World"? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!

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It looks like Jane Foster won't be the only human scientist enjoying a firsthand look at the cosmos when "Thor: The Dark World" comes rolling along next year.

Deadline reports that Kat Dennings is back in action for the "Thor" sequel, reprising her role as Darcy Lewis from the original Kenneth Branagh film. While she served purely as comic relief in the first "Thor," it's said that Darcy's role has been expanded for the sequel. What that means exactly remains to be seen, but I'd put money down on Darcy — and perhaps even Professor Selvig — joining Thor and Jane on their journey to Svartalfheim, home of the Dark Elves.


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With new actors flocking to "Thor 2" left and right, we're still waiting to find out which of our old favorites are going to be returning for the upcoming Marvel movie. Chief among them is Kat Dennings, who played the sidekick to Natalie Portman's Jane in "Thor."

Dennings' Darcy Lewis was never a necessary character, but she certainly was a fun one. She grounded "Thor" in a way that might have been lost had anyone but Dennings played the part, and she offered some great comedic relief when it came to discussing how bizarre Thor's story could get. But with "Thor 2" taking place in worlds beyond Asgard and Earth, it's unclear if Marvel will bring back Darcy for another go.

Well, at long last, Dennings knows her Marvel character's fate. Find out what she had to say in an interview with a Blip GoldDerby-conducted web show after the jump.


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Although I haven't seen all of her films, I always enjoy chatting with Kat Dennings because she's funny, charming, and very down-to-earth — especially during interviews. I experienced this second-hand at last year's San Diego Comic-Con, when she and her "Thor" co-star Natalie Portman entertained the MTV News studio with giggles, tons of energy, and a moment of group harmonizing with MTV Splash Page editor Rick Marshall. The singing video has since gone missing, but this is a great example of how fun it was. (Ed. Note: I didn't steal the tape so I can watch it on a daily basis. Nope. -Rick)

This week is all about the god of thunder, so when I caught up with Dennings during the "Thor" press junket, I asked her about providing much of the film's comedic relief and whether she brought anything home from the set.

"I knew [the one-liners I had] were funny, but I didn’t realize the weight of the humor," she said, with a mock haughty toss of her hair. "I got so lucky, I’m so lucky to be in this, and I got some fun stuff." Read More...

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"Thor" opens in the United States on May 6, one of the last in the line of worldwide releases that kick off in Australia on April 21. As if the added wait wasn't enough, it now turns out that the Marvel Studios blockbuster will be premiering in Sydney, Australia as well, on April 17. It's like star Chris Hemsworth is from there or something. Oh... right.

Hemsworth will be joined on the red carpet by director Kenneth Branagh and stars Kat Dennings, who plays Darcy, Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki, and Jaimie Alexander, who plays Sif.

The premiere will mark the kickoff of a two-day promotion tour through the country, with stops in Sydney and Hemsworth's home town of Melbourne. Fellow star Natalie Portman isn't mentioned and likely won't be participating since she is expecting her first child this summer. Read More...

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When "Thor" storms into theaters next summer, all eyes are going to be on Chris Hemsworth, the Australian actor starring as the humbled God of Thunder in the Marvel Studios films. But don't neglect Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings, two of the film's leading ladies — just because they're playing the considerably more grounded Jane Foster and Darcy doesn't mean they're not having fun.

"It was a fun opportunity to get to do this character, because I think she's an unusual female character for one of these movies," Portman told MTV News last month at Comic-Con in San Diego. "I'm in sweatpants for half of the movie, so I'm not in some crazy, sexy garb!" Read More...

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Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings clearly have some chemistry, something that was on full display during their interview with Splash Page editor Rick Marshall at this year's Comic-Con. The two gleefully described their "Thor" characters of Jane Foster and Darcy "the gnome helper" (watch the video and you'll see what we mean), but they also had plenty of thoughts to share on the God of Thunder himself.

Portman and Dennings described their experience working with Chris Hemsworth, the bearded Australian actor starring as Thor in Kenneth Branagh's upcoming Marvel film. According to the actresses, their initial work with Hemsworth had the actor performing entirely in civilian clothes — and when he finally stepped out as Thor, the two of them were thunder-struck, to say the least. Read More...

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A lot of people passed through Splash Page HQ during this year's Comic-Con, but one of the most fun interviews I conducted during the show was with "Thor" actresses Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings.

We talked, we sang (that video's coming later, I promise), they complimented my shoes... and early on in our conversation, Dennings offered up some thoughts on Darcy, her character in the film. While Portman's character, Jane Foster, is a known commodity to comic fans, Darcy is a new creation for the movie universe. Here's how Dennings described her character:

"Darcy is kind of Jane Foster's gnome helper," laughed Dennings.

"... Except in the form of a beautiful woman," interrupted Portman. "If a gnome was a beautiful woman." Read More...

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"Defendor" hits shelves this week on DVD, and as we've mentioned here before, it's not your regular superhero flick. Starring Woody Harrelson ("Zombieland"), Kat Dennings ("Thor"), Sandra Oh ("Sideways") and Elias Koteas ("Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"), the film chronicles the secret life of Arthur Poppington, who directs traffic by day and fights crime at night as Defendor — a modern-day superhero with a questionable grip on reality.

MTV News caught up with Dennings to chat about the film, and received an exclusive peek at one of the bonus features on the DVD. Check out the video below, and read on for my interview with Dennings about her role in the gritty film.

"Defendor" hits shelves today on DVD.

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