As most Marvel films open with a little bit of opening sequence relevant to the film, for Thor: The Dark World, it opens with a battle between the Asgardians and the Dark Elves that happened eons ago. The Dark Elves, led by Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) plan to cast the universe into darkness using a weapon called Aether, but met with Odin’s father and an army of Asgardians, they are stopped. However, Malekith, his right-hand man Algrim and a handful of Dark Elves escape and survive, lying in wait for the Aether to reappear, as the Asgardians took it from the dark elves.
Back in the present, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), after the havoc caused on Earth during Avengers Assemble, is being summoned to answer for his war crimes, where he is placed in the dungeons below the throne room in Asgard. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) armed with his henchman (and woman) are currently bringing order to the nine realms after the reconstruction to the bi-frost.
Meanwhile, Jane Forster (Natalie Portman) is in London on a scientific expedition with her assistant Darcy Lewis, are taken to an abandoned factory where means of gravity have been altered and kids are managing to flip over cement-trucks. This is down to an event called The Convergence being imminent, where the nine realms align, forcing the parameters between the realms become blurred. Investigating this anomaly, Jane is transported to where the Aether is being kept, and of course, she is infected with the Aether. This also causes Malekith to awaken from his suspended animation along with the other Dark Elves, to track the Aether.
Jane, now infected with the Aether, when nearly apprehended by the police explodes with the Aether. Thor thinks best to take her back to Asgard, with Odin’s disregard. Malekith, tracking the Aether, learns of it’s presence in Asgard, starts to prep for a battle on Asgard. With his last gem of Kursed, Malekith selects Algrim as his last Kursed to infiltrate Asgard and return the Aether to Malekith in time for The Convergence so they can cast darkness over the nine realms.
“I only ask for one thing in return; a good seat from which to watch Asgard burn!”
Thor realising this plan of Malekith, manages to escape Asgard with the help of Loki (the highly anticipated watching point of this film) to use a secret transportation to go to Dark Elves homeland after they escape Asgard. Much of this sequence is the trust issues between Loki and Thor and whether he is able to trust him, and of course Thor’s henchman keep saying ‘betray him and I’ll kill you myself’. Of course the Aether is taken back by Malekith to set up the final battle that is ever present in superhero flicks. Of course, anything that happens from this point onwards is crucial to the plot, so I won’t spoil it for you. But the ending is one of the better ones from a marvel film. As I’ve found recent ones to being very illogical, or frustratingly similar to other films.
As much as I enjoyed this film, don’t get me wrong, it is possibly one of my favourite recent marvel films, I can’t help but thinking that Malekith’s character was just there for Thor to fight and be a recognised villain. Regardless, I enjoyed the character and thought his right hand man Algrim, or the final Kursed was absolutely badass. Acting like a Minotaur and causing havoc in his path.
As for the storyline, I realised when recounting it, there isn’t much to it. But it works. At just under 2 hours long, the film doesn’t feel long, where I’m stirring in my seat, coupled with the brilliant battles, the intertwining storylines, it all works and being very enjoyable at the same time. Not forgetting about what has now become a regular feature in superhero films, comedy. There are the one-liners, the quips by Loki, which tie the film altogether, making it complete.
It’s been said by a lot of people recently, but I agree with the comments that at the moment directors of these superhero movies are striking the right chord with these movies and making them very enjoyable. Superhero movies although have come in their droves recently are becoming more and more enjoyable and Thor: The Dark World is one of those securing this idea. If you plan to see this movie, stay for the stings after the credits, and of course I am looking forward to the next Thor movie.