Thursday, October 31, 2013

Film Review: Thor: The Dark World [2013]

The Dark World begins with the introduction of Malekith the leader of the Dark Elves. Malekith wanted to use a weapon called the Aether to return the universe back to its original state of darkness. (Similar to what Nekron wanted to do in DC Comics’ Blackest Night) However Malekith is ultimately defeated by Odin’s father Bor and the Aether in buried. In the present, Jane Foster accidently discovers the dimension where the Aether is buried and is consumed by it. She returns to the present where Thor is waiting. Thor takes Jane back to Asgard to remove the Aether from her.

Malekith comes to Asgard and lays waste by trying to take the Aether however manages to kill Thor and Loki’s mother before escaping. Thor and Loki unite to take on Malekith who extracts the Aether from Jane and embeds it into himself. Loki is killed however secretly disguises himself as an Asgard soldier and replaces Odin as the Lord of Asgard. Ultimately Thor defeats Malekith over London and returns back to Asgard.

The film has a cameo of Chris Evans as Captain America, a post-credit scene concerning the Collector leading to next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and a final scene where Thor and Jane Foster are reunited. The Dark World will lead into another film where Thor discovers Loki took over Asgard pretending to be his father and what has happened to Odin. The story of Thor: The Dark World was good however it felt like half the story was told as it leads into other Marvel films including the Avengers taking on Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers 3.