DIRECTOR: Alan Taylor
Thor: The Dark World is a satisfying sequel that perhaps surpasses the original. Alan Taylor, having directed several episodes of Game of Thrones, brings some of the vibe from that show to the world of Thor.
They delivered pretty much everything you could want from a Thor movie. There’s some striking visuals, lots of Loki, and a cool, albeit underdeveloped villain.
Said villain is Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston, who is mostly known as the ninth incarnation of The Doctor on Doctor Who. Created by Walt Simonson, Malekith has been a Thor villain in the comics since 1984. Eccelston does a good job, but there isn’t much to his character besides being evil.
Most of the cast from the first film is back. Chris Hemsworth continues to do a solid job as the title character and Natalie Portman isn’t bad either as Jane Foster. Tom Hiddleston continues to be a standout as the devious Loki. Jaimie Alexander is back as Sif, who clearly has romantic feelings for Thor in this film and even gives Jane Foster a jealous look.
Idris Elba continues to be awesome as Heimdall, who is given more to do this time around. He even has his own epic heroic moment. Almost as cool is the newcomer bad guy Kurse, played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who played Mr. Eko on Lost.
The Dark World seems to be doing well with critics. As of 11/8 it has a 66% on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a score of 7.7 on IMDB.
As is usual for Marvel Studios, there are two scenes after the credits. One of them features Benicio del Toro as The Collector, a role that will be fleshed out in the upcoming MCU flick Guardians of the Galaxy. That film will be released in August of 2014. Del Toro’s part seems pretty interesting and the scene definitely gets me hyped for Guardians.
Thor will appear next in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s currently scheduled to come out on May 1, 2015. The next film in Marvel Cinematic Universe will be Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with a release date of April 4, 2014.
Hemsworth is contracted for a third Thor film, and that seems likely to happen. Many have speculated that the third installment with focus on Ragnarok, the apocalypse from Norse legends. A likely villain would be Surtur.