Super Hero Students Live the Dream at World Premiere of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World

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Kaplan International Colleges partnered with Marvel to promote the UK release of Thor: The Dark World. Hundreds of Kaplan students entered a Thor photo competition and dressed up as the god of thunder to win tickets to the film’s red carpet premiere.

The winning photo. Starring Ernano Molino as Thor.

I’m a huge fan of Marvel films so I was totally speechless when I found out that I won! It was so much fun dressing up as Thor with my friends but I never expected to actually win.

Four international students enjoyed the experience of a lifetime at the world premiere of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World after dressing up as the god of thunder to win a photo competition.

The winning quartet from Italy, Brazil and Venezuela were chosen out of thousands of English language students to walk the red carpet with Natalie Portman at Odeon Leicester Square in London and watch Marvel Studio’s latest blockbuster with the film’s cast, crew and celebrities.

Ernano Molino, 23, from Italy; Rafael Fraga, 23, and Dalila Simila, 25, from Brazil; and Maria Fernanda Rivera, 18, from Venezuela won the photo contest, which challenged Kaplan students to dress up and recreate scenes from the film’s trailer.

Hundreds of students, from Kaplan’s 11 schools in the UK and Ireland, wore Thor costumes and wielded their replica Mjolnirs in locations ranging from Tower Bridge in London to Calton Hill in Edinburgh and Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin.

A panel of judges including representatives from Marvel and Kaplan had hundreds of entries to choose from but decided on the action shot in front of the University of Cambridge due to photo’s energy and vibrancy.

The triumphant foursome became the envy of their fellow students by being chauffeur-driven from Kaplan’s school in Cambridge to the red carpet in central London for an exciting evening of glitz and glamour that they will never forget.

Ernano, who dressed as Thor in the winning photo, said: “I’m a huge fan of Marvel films so I was totally speechless when I found out that I won! It was so much fun dressing up as Thor with my friends but I never expected to actually win. Traveling from Cambridge to London in a limousine, walking on the red carpet and seeing the stars of the film was the experience of a lifetime.”

Four students from Kaplan’s school in Bournemouth were chosen as runners-up and won tickets to watch a special preview screening at Odeon Leicester Square in London to see Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World before its UK release date of October 30th.

Martin Hofschroer, Content Strategist at Kaplan International Colleges, said: “Kaplan students are a talented bunch so it was no surprise to see so many great photos. This was a really fun competition to run and we’re so happy to give the winning students an evening they’ll treasure forever.”

More photos and details of the student’s world premiere experience and the photo competition are available on this page.

About Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World":

Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves…but our universe itself.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat and screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery “ #83 in August, 1962.

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle, Alan Fine, Nigel Gostelow and Stan Lee. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com.

About Kaplan International Colleges

Kaplan International Colleges is part of Kaplan, Inc., an international education services provider offering higher education, professional training, and test preparation. Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO). http://www.kaplaninternational.com

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