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"Thor: The Dark World" Premiere Lights Up Hollywood

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The stars of Thor: The Dark World took to the red carpet Monday night at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood, Calif., for the premiere of the Marvel movie sequel.

While shooting commitments on another project kept Oscar winner Natalie Portman from the event, much of the rest of the cast was on hand, including Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston -- whose portrayal of the villain Loki has made him an international star -- Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins, who plays Thor's dad Odin, Kat Dennings, and Jamie Alexander, who plays Thor's warrior sidekick Sif.

Alexander, rumored to be in the running to someday play Wonder Woman for Warner Bros., stunned onlookers in a floor-length black dress that featured a revealing, undulating cut-out panel.

Others who took in the sequel -- which has already earned over a hundred million dollars overseas -- were Clark Gregg, Ming Na, and others from the Marvel TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as director James Gunn and actor Michael Rooker, who worked with Gunn on another Marvel film, the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy.

Hemsworth's brother Liam -- co-star of the Hunger Games franchise -- was there to lend his older brother some support; it was Liam's first film premiere since his split from ex-fiancee Miley Cyrus.

After the red carpet, Chris Hemsworth hustled across the street to Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he took part in a carnival-style hammer-smash "Test of Strength" game against Hollywood Boulevard costumed actors.  Hemsworth used a real prop, Thor's hammer, and even one-handed due to a finger injury, the hulking Aussie managed to ring the bell.

The actor also spoke about recently disappointing a young Thor fan.

"I was at the airport, actually, a couple of weeks ago, and this little kid was dressed up in the full Thor outfit, and was running around, and breaking things, and...his mother grabs him and says, 'It's Thor: the real Thor!' and the kid goes, 'Phew!  No it's not.'"  Without Thor's wig and armor, the actor laughed, he was less than superheroic to the fan.

Thor: The Dark World opens nationwide Friday. And make sure to stay past the credits: There are not one, but two "secret" endings.

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