Taking place one year following the events of the 2012 blockbuster, The Avengers, Thor’s big screen adventure continues as the Avenger battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from an enemy known as Malekith.
Malekith is pursuing the Aether, a weapon that is powerful enough to bring darkness to the cosmos.
Following last year’s film, Thor has been busy restoring order to the universe. Malekith is introduced during the film’s prologue and he is dead set on bringing the universe into darkness. It’s up to Thor to prevent that from happening.
Back on Earth, Stellan Skarsgård has gone crazy since having Loki in his head and the police lock him up after he runs around naked at Stonehenge trying to warn people of the Convergence.
Thor comes up with a plan but unfortunately for him, it involves teaming up with his adopted brother, Loki. This leads to one of the most notable easter eggs in the film. I won’t spoil it here but it’s awesome.
Alan Taylor takes over in the director’s chair. Taylor is not well known for being a film director with three features under his belt. He’s directed episodes of Game of Thrones so Marvel gave him a chance. It worked.
Unlike the first film, which served as an origin story, most of the action takes place in Asgard rather than on Earth.
Kat Dennings’ Darcy helps bring some of the comic relief to this film and her intern character has an intern to call her own.
The screen story comes from Don Payne and Robert Rodat. Payne is now deceased and the film is dedicated to his memory. Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely penned the screenplay, which blends the humor and action that is expected in a Marvel film adaptation.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Chris O’Dowd, with Rene Russo and Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
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.