Thor: The Dark World star Ray Stevenson, who plays Volstagg, revealed in a recent interview that the stakes are much greater this time around. Here's what he had to say, hinting that Asgard may be completely destroyed in this Marvel Phase Two sequel.

"In the first Thor Asgard had this tremendous peace among the Nine Realms. They were riding at the heights. Everything is working and looking as it should be. In this one, the realms are being whipped up into various rebellions. There is a darker malignant force out there and we are in the process of engaging in long protracted skirmishes and battles. The luster and shine of the city has been taken off and it all leads to a huge assault, an attack at the heart of Asgard. It could be completely wiped out, the stakes are a lot higher."
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The actor also revealed that Volstagg is somewhat conflicted in this follow-up, because of the danger that this new enemy, Christopher Eccleston's Malekith the Accursed, presents to Asgard.

"He's great on a battlefield. He is one of the warriors three and doing what they do, their time is spent fighting on many different fronts. They're not always fighting together. Volstagg is struggling, he has a brood, they are fighting for hearth and home as much as for the idea of Asgard itself. That's where he has trouble. He's all too aware of how potentially threatening this new enemy is on both the home front and the battlefield."