Marvel Studios, UL (Underwriters Laboratories),Dolby Laboratories, National Academy of Science,Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation,Discovery Science Center and El Capitan Theatre ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS of MARVEL’S THOR: THE DARK WORLD ULTIMATE MENTOR ADVENTURE

BURBANK, CA – October 31, 2013 – SEEKING THE NEXT JANE FOSTER! In Marvel’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Academy Award® winner Natalie Portman portrays astrophysicist Jane Foster, an independent spirit who follows her heart and journeys to a new world.

Disney announced the 10 winners in Marvel’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD ULTIMATE MENTOR ADVENTURE, a nationwide STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics contest in conjunction with the November 8th release of the film starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman.

Marvel’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD ULTIMATE MENTOR ADVENTURE aimed to empower girls 14 years and up, in grades 9 – 12, to embark on a journey to discover their potential and future in the world of STEM. Through the collaborative efforts of Marvel, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Dolby Laboratories, National Academy of Science, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Discovery Science Center, girls had the chance to go out into the real world and ask successful women in STEM fields about what they do, how they got where they are, and how others can follow in their footsteps. The process was designed to help students to understand who they are, and why learning from mentors can impact their futures.

A panel of judges from UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and National Academy of Science had the difficult task of selecting 10 winners out of hundreds of entries from all over the country.

Following are the 10 winners and where they are from, age, grade and school:

  • Abigail Clark, Cincinnati, Ohio, age 15 in 10th grade at The Seven Hills School

  • Andrea Polis, Plymouth, Minn., age18 in 12th grade at Wayzata High School

  • Anoushka Bose, San Diego, Calif., age 15 in 10th grade, home schooled

  • Ashley Smith, Flemington, N.J., age 15 in 10th grade at Hunterdon Central Regional High School

  • Aurora Hake, Lakewood, Wash., age 14 in 9th grade at Annie Wright School

  • Dina Benayad-Cherif, Lexington, Mass., age 17 in 12th grade at Lexington High School

  • Jerrica Li, Longmeadow, Mass., age 15 in 10th grade at Longmeadow High School

  • Jordan Taylor, Fairview, Tenn., age 16 in 11th grade, home schooled

  • Rachel Whitman, Canton, Ga., age 17 in 12th grade at Cherokee High School

  • Sydney Guillory, Chicago, Ill., age 17 in 12th grade at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

The winners of Marvel’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD ULTIMATE MENTOR ADVENTURE will be coming to Southern California for a week provided by UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Dolby Laboratories, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Discovery Science Center. The Ultimate Mentor Adventure will allow the girls to meet some of the most incredible women in science, conduct interviews, participate in experiments, take part in interactive events and go behind-the-scenes where the general public is not normally invited – all while having their adventure filmed. On Friday, November 8th, the winners will conclude their excursion and be recognized at the Premiere Screening of their Ultimate Mentor Adventure documentary short. The video short will be shown at the El Capitan Theatre prior to a screening of Marvel’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD in Dolby® Atmos™ on opening day.

To see these extraordinary winners please visit: http://dep.disney.go.com/ultimatementoradventure/videos.php

About the Movie

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.

“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 over 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 UL (Underwriters Laboratories):

UL (Underwriters Laboratories), is a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions from the public adoption of electricity to new breakthroughs in sustainability, renewable energy and nanotechnology. Dedicated to promoting safe living safe living and working environments, UL (Underwriters Laboratories) helps safeguard people, products and places in important ways, facilitating trade and providing peace of mind.

About Dolby Atmos:

Dolby Laboratories is equipping the cinema world with its new Dolby Atmos technology. Dolby Atmos unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by making it easy for filmmakers to place or move specific sounds anywhere in the movie theatre. The result is what moviegoers have described as a virtual reality of sound and the most engaging and lifelike cinema experience ever.

Introduced in April 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all major Hollywood studios, six Academy Award®-winning directors, and 10 Academy Award-winning sound mixers, among others. More than 250 Dolby Atmos screens have been installed or committed to in 30 countries with more than 85 exhibitor partners. More than 70 films from 10 different countries—representing a broad range of genres—have been or are scheduled to be released with Dolby Amos sound since the first film debuted in June 2012. Dolby Atmos has received technical achievement awards from both the Hollywood Post Alliance and the Cinema Audio Society.

For the latest list of Dolby Atmos titles, visit dolby.com/atmosmovies. To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos.

About Dolby Laboratories:

Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and meaningful in Dolby. For more information please visit dolby.com.

About National Academy of Science:

The National Academy of Science (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research. The NAS is committed to furthering science in America, and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community. Nearly 500 members of the NAS have won Nobel Prizes.

About Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation:

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation believes in bold ideas that create enduring impact in the areas of science, environmental conservation and patient care. Intel co-founder Gordon and his wife Betty established the foundation to create positive change around the world and at home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Science looks for opportunities to transform-or even create-entire fields by investing in early-stage research, emerging fields and top research scientists. Our environmental conservation efforts promote sustainability, protect critical ecological systems and align conservation needs with human development. Patient care focuses on eliminating preventable harms and unnecessary healthcare costs through meaningful engagement of patients and their families in a supportive, redesigned healthcare system.

About Discovery Science Center: Imaginations run wild with over 120 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Science Center (DSC), Orange County’s leading destination for hands-on science entertainment. Take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero, feel the power of a real rocket engine launch and explore the inner workings of a two-story tall dinosaur! Plus, the Science Center’s signature events don’t just foster science education, but also provide entertainment for the whole family. From our annual Bubblefest and Rocket Launch, there is always something new to experience. DSC is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. It is a community-wide resource where families come together to learn and have fun and school districts can use as an educational resource.

About El Capitan Theatre:

Step into Hollywood’s glittering past at the legendary El Capitan Theatre, which made its debut on May 3, 1926 as Hollywood’s first home of Spoken Drama. This grand theatre has been restored to its original elegance of Spanish Colonial exterior and boasts a colorful and lavish East Indian interior designed by renowned San Francisco architect G. Albert Lansburgh. In 1941, Orsen Welles’ Academy Award® winning CITIZEN KANE made its World Premiere at the El Capitan. As an exclusive first run theatre for Walt Disney Studios, today the El Capitan Theatre sets a new standard for World Premieres, live stage shows, Disney attractions, and other special events that have helped restore showmanship to Hollywood Boulevard. For more information, visit www.elcapitantickets.com or call 1-800-DISNEY6.