Thor: The Dark World

Origins of Malekith the Accursed

Thor: The Dark World

Directors: Alan Taylor, James Gunn

Writers: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Robert Rodat, Don Payne, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Jaimie Alexander, Christopher Eccleston, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgård, Alice Krige, Clive Russell, Stan Lee, Steve Scott, Benicio Del Toro, Chris Evans

Synopsis: Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content


Better than the Avengers

Although I know I'll get a lot of flak from Marvel fans for saying this, but I have to give credit where credit is due. "Thor: The Dark World" was by far the best Marvel studios film to date. Granted, I know most fans will argue saying "The Avengers" is superior, but we have to be honest with ourselves here.

First of all, I loved "The Avengers" just as much as the next comic book movie fan out there, but if you honestly analyzed the story down to it's simplest context, the script for "The Avengers" was arguably one of the weakest we've ever gotten for a superhero film. Again, I'm not knocking the film for what it is, as I do believe I gave it a three and a half out of four; while praising the damn movie for being a lot of fun. However, that's essentially what "The Avengers" happens to be though. Just a lighthearted fun popcorn film that has a very simplistic narrative.

Granted, I do remember saying that "The Avengers" had arguably one of the best character driven stories for it's genre, when I initially reviewed it, but like "300", it's become one of those kinds of films where it just gets worse through each progressive screening, as you tend to notice flaws in it that you didn't see the first time. Don't get me wrong, it's still a fun movie, with a lot of good characters in it, but even most marvel fans have to admit the script for "The Avengers" was arguably one of the weakest points of that film.

Getting back to "Thor: The Dark World" though, I have to say that surprisingly isn't the case. Unlike the first one that didn't seem to live up to it's potential, this one lives up to it in spades. Not only becoming the perfect mix of science fiction, fantasy, and Norse mythology all rolled into one, but it also manages to deliver arguably one of the deepest superhero films ever made as well.

The story picks up after "The Avengers", where Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is now having to re-stabilize order within the nine realms, and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is sitting away in prison in his homeworld of Asgard. Meanwhile, Thor's human girlfriend, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has moved to the UK, and seems to still be caught up in her research. Oh, and she misses Thor a lot too. Go figure.

After a series of events, an evil dark elf named Malekith emerges, and seeks to shroud the world in darkness. Needless to say, this new threat proves to be too much for Thor and the rest of Asgard to handle, as lives are lost. Casualties happen, and the stakes are higher. And, I wouldn't want it any other way. Perhaps one of the best parts about this film is the deep characterization of it's characters.

Unlike the last Thor film, where Loki's motives were rather vague and unclear throughout most of it, this one seems to be more on point with how the character probably should've been portrayed all along. Although Loki is still portrayed as something of a manipulative and cunning sort of villain, he's also shown to be a tragic figure. One that's not only comes off as both cunning and manipulative, but also one that suffers from a lot of internal torment as well.

Throughout the scenes where it shows Loki interacting with his mother, we can clearly see the internal struggle Loki goes through with his surrogate family. It's through Tom Hiddleston's performance that we're able to sympathize with Loki's character.

However, the story delves even deeper into Loki's character, when we finally see him interacting with Thor later on, when they're both forced to team up. Throughout these moments, we're able to catch a glimpse into the mistrust, hatred, yet unconditional love these two brothers have for each other. It was almost touching in a lot of ways to watch. One could say that it felt like something that was taken right out of Shakespeare; which only made Loki even more of a deeper character.

(Warning: This Paragraph has possible spoilers ) Although to be fair, when Malekith confronts Loki and Thor for the first time, it does seem a bit out of place. Without giving away too much, I'll try to explain it the best I can. Up before that point, Loki and Thor were established at having mixed feelings for each other. Although they both deeply disliked one another, and certainly didn't trust each other either, you could still tell they genuinely cared and loved each other unconditionally as well. As I pointed out before, it was quite endearing to watch. However, when Malekith shows up, it seems one of the brothers tries to throw the other under the bus suddenly without warning; which makes you think that maybe there's foul play afoot. Then a minute later, this same said brother makes a total 180, as it turns out it was all part of their elaborate plan that was clearly devised off screen before Malekith even showed up. Although I can tell the writers of this film probably thought that might've been clever, but instead it comes off as confusing, and out of place.

However, it's not enough to ruin the movie, but it's worth pointing out. Overall, it was still a thrilling climax to watch. The story was engaging, and Thor was actually a very deep character in this film.

Plus, it was great how subtle the love triangle was handled. Unfortunately, Natalie Portman still tends to struggle with romantic archetype roles, as "Thor: The Dark World" seems to be no exception. However, her screen time is drastically reduced, so you hardly ever notice it.

As for the rest of the actors, I thought they played their parts rather well. I especially liked Rene Russo in this film, as she was the heart of this story. Portraying a kindhearted mother, who loves her sons dearly, as we can tell through her performance how it hurts her inside to see her own son locked up in prison; while also trying to support her own husband's decision to banish him in said prison to begin with.

As for the villain, I have to say I was fairly impressed with how he was portrayed. Unlike Loki whose motives were half hazardly changing all the damn time in the last "Thor" film, this one had a villain whose motives were much more precise. I was especially impressed with how dark and sinister they managed to make Malekith, who comes off as arguably one of the best Marvel movie villains we've seen thus far.

Plus, it was really interesting seeing the ships the dark elves possessed, as they seemed more derived from science fiction rather than fantasy; which creates a very ironic visual medium considering how elves are often more associated with fantasy. Therefore, I guess you can say the visuals in this movie are really nothing short of amazing.

Although I should warn readers if you plan on seeing this in 3-D, then I would advise against it. This latest sequel features converted 3-D, so it's barely noticeable throughout most of the film.

The musical score is very nice, and the cinematography is very well shot throughout most of the film. And, I have to say the costume and makeup designs are very well detailed.

Overall, "Thor: The Dark World" is by far the best superhero film of 2013, as it's definitely worth checking out at a rating of four out of four. I should also inform readers that if you do plan to see the film, this one features two after credit scenes (ala "The Avengers"). There's one that's presented halfway through the credits to set up a future Marvel film; while the very last one at the end of the credits is there mainly just for laughs.

Anyway if you're into superhero films in general, then "Thor: The Dark World" is arguably the one of the best ones out there to check out. However, as I said in my "Man of Steel" review, don't take my word for it. Go check out the flick and see for yourself.


The great quotes of: Malekith the Accursed

Loki goes to therapy after "Thor 2" (Warning: Contains Suggestive Dialogue and adult language. Parental Discretion is advised)

© 2013 Steven Escareno

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Comments 29 comments

boobs 2 years ago

better than mos?


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

lol. Yes, it's better than man of steel if that's what your asking. Although i do love both movies.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

I honestly thought Malekith was underdeveloped as they seemed to make it more about Thor and Loki. Alan Taylor even said he was upset Marvel cut out 15-20 minutes of the film tht helped to developed both Malekith and Thor even further. Making me very curious to see that extra time.

I loved the movie though and would rank it right up there with Avengers. It had a pseudo-Star Trek/Wars feel to it.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

Well to be fair, I have heard that when they wrote the film originally that supposedly it was going to be completely different than the version we both saw on the big screen. However, Kevin Feige didn't like it, and had joss whedon come in to rewrite a few scenes in "Thor: The Dark World" for continuity purposes. Maybe that was one of the changes Joss made to the film. I do agree with you that Malekith wasn't really that developed, but from how the story was set up, i thought they still did a great job, and I like how they managed to portray the relationship between thor and loki a bit further.

I agree with you about the vibe though, as that's a very good point as well.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

I wish i could write more reviews lol. I miss us talking about movies too lol. Damn growing up and stuff. Im still slacking on writing my avengers predictions going forward. including who and why i think some big character will die in Avengers 2 (Iron Man)


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

i know what you mean. to be honest, i've been contemplating myself about writing a hub on what i think about the possible star wars films we might see coming out in the next few years, but right now, im waiting until i get caught up on my reviews first before doing that. anyway, it's good to hear from you.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

yeah im trying to at least do a review a week at this point and even that is difficult. it is amazing though how well everything is going for the new webseries. albeit, very time consuming. lol


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

lol. I'll bet. To be honest, I've been contemplating doing video reviews online on youtube, since i know guys like jeremy jahns, chris stuckman and others usually make a lot of money on there doing that from what i've been told. However, the only problem is that I'm very self conscious about my voice and looks, and im still learning how to edit videos, so it might be awhile before i can do that. lol. Besides, i need to figure out how im going to do it though, as I don't want to just be some random dude that stands in front of a cam saying stuff. I need to find a way to make myself stand out from those guys if that makes sense.

Anyway, i've been following your show online for a while now, and you seem to do a lot of great work. Have you ever thought of trying to do like a short movie or something for a film festival?


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

i've tried the video reviews and I've gotten good feedback on them. I just like to write more. Chris Stuckman does an amazing job though with his video reviews. Even his recreations of horror movies, i don't know if you've seen that video, but that was great. He almost recreated Insidious shot for shot.

I have actually. I've given it thought lately and it helps that I got more filming equipment this holiday. I was recently hired to film a few music videos for a band too.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

Yeah, I think you told me about that gig. I hope it goes well for you, and congratulations once again. As for me, it might be a while before i even start doing video reviews, as I want to try to get back into a rythm of writing reviews consistently again first.


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Paradise7 2 years ago from Upstate New York

Steven, I must say, my favourite movie reviewers on tv weren't noted for either their looks or their voices. I mean, Egbert, y'know? They were GREAT! I loved their reviews though some of the films they panned I actually enjoyed quite a bit. So when you do your youtube gigs in front of the video cam, just relax and pretend you're talking with a friend. I bet that's gonna work for you. Or maybe get a friend in there, and do a team thing.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

Yup. I actually blew out my knee on my birthday a few weeks ago so I fully intend to write more reviews in the meantime now.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

@nick

omg, that's horrible. it's not too serious is it? I mean are you going to be able to walk again eventually? however, it'll be good to see you back writing reviews.

@paradise

well sadly i don't know anyone off hand that i could do a team thing with on youtube, but that is an interesting idea. However, I'll definitely consider it. Besides, it's not like i have anything to lose. Anyway, i appreciate the advice and all, as i'll defintively take your advice about just pretending like I'm talking to a friend once i do start doing reviews on youtube.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

It has been tough. Not only did i blow it out completely but it also got severely infected. They said i will most likely go through 1-2 months of physical therapy, which is rough and I am also getting IV antibiotics. Yes, i'll be able to walk again, it'll just be process. I just started writing a review for Amercian Hustle, Hunger Games, 12 Years a Slave, and Captain Philips but the issue now is having the energy to finish it.

I'll also agree with Paradise. Doing video reviews with a friend on camera is 100x times easier and more jokes would be flowing then. Don't worry about looks or anything. Be confident in yourself and your knowledge as we all know you have that in spades based off of your reviews on here


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

Thanks. I'll definitely keep it in mind then. Like I told paradise, i probably won't do anything like that until after the oscars this year. After that, I'll definitely give it some strong consideration. Anyway, i can't wait to read some of your new reviews coming up.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

I'm working on a few now, just like I said...energy is the biggest issue as I recover from the surgery.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

Well just do whatever you can like you told me in one of my other hubs. Just try not to push yourself too hard.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

Using my own advice against me, eh? lol. The first two weeks post surgery were rough. I wouldn't be surprised if I was a little depressed either. I'm starting to feel a little better and I am becoming more independent so I've been getting more energy and i wrote 8 articles in the past 6 days.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

wow that's impressive. I'm still working on churning out more myself, as it's hard to get back into the rythm of things when you haven't done something in so long.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

i completely agree. i've been on a roll, writing almost two articles a day but it is largely due to the fact that I don't have much else to do as I heal from the surgery I had.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

that's cool. well i guess that always helps.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

it is helping for sure. keeps me thinking positive. actually i am healing a little ahead of schedule.

how have you been though man? sorry for talking about myself


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

nah don't worry about it. your fine. lol. I've been doing great actually. Just working on publishing some more reviews; along with some other projects i have in the works at the moment.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

good glad to hear it man! i've hit a snag after writing so many. I thought about doing one on Paul Bettany as Vision and how that may affect the MCU and Avengers 2. I don't know yet though.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

that sounds very interesting. you probably should as i bet it would make an interesting read. Although im hoping they don't cram in too many characters into avengers 2; otherwise it's just going to be overcrowded, but we'll see. i mean for all we know, it might turn out just fine. I would just hate for the introduction of so many characters to interfere with them telling a great story.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

i think Thor might have a lesser role because of it. Cap, Iron Man, and the rest are more important as it directly affects them. thor will just be the muscle, same goes for hulk.

its also part of my frustration as to why they haven't built up these characters in previous films


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

You mean the new ones that are going to be in avengers 2? Well with scarlett witch and quicksilver, idk if you followed the legal rights on what marvel exactly owns about those characters, but i know clevver movies and amc movie talk went over it quite a bit.

Like with quicksilver and scarlett witch, marvel is allowed to use them, but they're not allowed to use their superhero names, make any references to their mutant lineage or even the fact that their father happens to be magneto. Hell, marvel studios isn't even technically allowed to use the word "mutant" to describe how they got their powers; which has prompted rumors that marvel might change their backstory to avoid all that legal issue crap to where they might be related to the inhumans instead to explain their powers.

That's kind of why they can't make an origin story per say about those characters in their own stand alone movie because marvel studios doesn't have the rights to use their proper origins. Whereas fox, they're pretty much allowed full access to those characters, but the only catch is they're not allowed to mention anything about their involvement with the avengers whatsoever. it's the same reason why quicksilver is going to be played by a different actor in x-men day's of future's past.

As far as vision goes, I'm guessing whedon wants him in there because of his connection to scarlett witch and ultron. idk how they'll work him in, but i just hope it doesn't become overkill. i think your right that hulk and thor will probably get less screen time in avengers 2, and i think black widow and nick fury might as well.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

Oh I knew all of that, I'm just curious how their powers will look on screen as well as how they are portrayed. As far as Vision, I agree too. I actually think Fury might take a back seat as I think he is severely hurt after Cap 2. Maybe more Maria Hill then


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

hmm you might be right about the whole Maria Hill thing. I'm starting to think that maybe hawkeye will get less screen time as well. I think i heard some reports say that he was going to play a bigger role in the avengers 2, but after hearing all this other stuff, im starting to doubt he'll have that much screen time. if anything, they'll probably make his scenes more important where he's doing stuff rather than giving him a lot of screen time.

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