As soon as the title for Thor: The Dark World was revealed, most comic book folks immediately assumed that the story would have something to do with the Dark Elves. Well, it looks like they assumed right, as the film’s main bad guy has been revealed as none other than leader of the Dark Elves, Malekith the Accursed.
But as to who will be playing this villainous role, well for that they called for a Doctor. “Who?”, you might ask. Well, none other than Christopher Eccleston.
Ecclestone has already had a couple of villainous turns on the screen, most notably as Destro in G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, but he would of course be most well known as the ninth Doctor on the BBC’s long running (and the greatest ever) science fiction series, Doctor Who. With his manic eyes and every emotive face, he’s an almost perfect casting as the cackling Malekith.
And as I’m sure that there are a couple of you right now who have no idea who Malekith is, it’s time to hit Ye Olde Wikipedia
Malekith the Accursed is a supervillain in the Marvel Universe. He is ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, and has come into conflict with Thor. He once wielded the Casket of Ancient Winters.
Malekith has all the normal attributes of a member of the race of dark elves, although his abilities are as a result of above-average development. He possesses superhuman intellect, strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes.
As a dark elf, Malekith also has the ability to manipulate the forces of magic for a variety of effects, including teleportation, energy projection, physical malleability, flight (by transforming into mist) illusion casting, and the ability to change the shape and appearance of other beings or objects.
Malekith has a vulnerability to iron, which disrupts or cancels his magical spells.
If that second sentence has an air of familiarity to it, it’s because we’ve already seen Loki (Tom Hiddlestone) wield the Casket of Ancient Winters against Heimdall (Ibris Elba) and Luafey, the Frost Giant king (Colm Feore), in the the first film. In Malekith’s first major comic book storyline, as a means of getting to Thor who is helping the human protector of the Casket, he kidnaps Lorelei, an Asgardian who disguised herself as a human and using a magic potion made Thor fall in love with her. This bait lures Thor to Svartalfheim, where Malekith very nearly kills him and also manages to acquire the Casket, plunging Earth into a supernatural winter.
Lorelei is none other the younger sister of Amora the Enchantress, a character we’ve been hearing for ages will make an appearance in this sequel. The other person involved in that story was of course Loki, who manipulated everybody to his own ends. And since we know that Loki will have a part to play in this movie, it looks like our story pieces are falling into place. I’m guessing though that instead of Lorelei, (as that whole magic love potion angle was pretty dumb) it will be Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) that gets used as bait for Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and since the Casket of Winters is already in Asgard, they will probably ditch the whole human protector of the Casket part as well.
But all of that is just pure educated guesswork on my part, what we do know for certain though, is that the film begins shooting in just 5 days over in England, and the production office for a film titled Thursday Mourning (very clever Marvel, but you ain’t fooling us) has posted a notification to the residents of Bourne Wood:
We are writing to let you know about some filming about to be undertaken in Bourne Wood in the coming months. Please find a brief overview and introduction to this project.
“Thursday Mourning” is the working title of a major feature film. It is comic book adaptation set in another “fictional realm”.
We will be establishing a fictional village set in another realm, with yurts and village like dressing in the bowl. The sequence involves a battle between two kingdoms, ending in our comic book hero arriving to save the day. The sequence will involve a substantial amount of Stunts and controlled special effects all within the hours 0700 – 1900hrs.
We plan to use most of the areas that are usually occupied by film units for all our support vehicles. The sequence will involve approximately 300 extras who will arrive in the early hours prior to call time to go through costume and makeup.
The “Battle between two kingdoms” sounds very much like Asgard vs Svartelfheim, which lends even further credence to my theory.
Last Updated: August 2, 2012