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The Mighty Thor, portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in Marvel Comics' Journey Into Mystery issue #83. Stan's brother, writer Larry Lieber is also given credit by the film The villain Malekith, created by Walter Simonson in The Mighty Thor issue #344, was just as good as any Lee/Kirby bad guy. Just my fanboy opinion. That being said...
IN SHORT: An OK, stand alone sequel. [Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content . 120 minutes]
There are Nine Realms according to Asgard belief; we inhabit Midgard, which will take a bruising in Thor: The Dark World. Said Dark World of the title is Svartalfheim (aka the Land of the Dark Elves). It is a place of black sands and rocks and organic wreckage. There the Dark Elves rose in rebellion and were eliminated by Odin's father Bor. Now, 5000 earth years later, the Nine Realms are coming into alignment and an ancient force, an embodiment of destruction from an earlier universe, a being called Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) has risen, determined to destroy the New Universe.
First, a weapon called the Aether (pronounced "ether") must be released into Midgard. Lucky for us fanboys, said force comes to inhabit the form of archeologist Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) may she rest in peace . . .
Yeah, like that is going to happen. Not as long as Foster is entrusted to the care of Thor's mother, the Queen Frigga (Rene Russo) and the protection of the Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander). OK, fanboys, take a deep breath. Sif and Jane on the same screen at the same time. Try not to squeal. try really hard <vbg>
Let us not forget the destruction of the world and of Asgard and all that good stuff. What side will Thor's evil brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) take? Just guess. Ignore what you've already seen in the television commercials and the movie trailers. You know it's all a lie. Right? Add to this two surprise endings so, yeah, you have to wait until the very, very end.
We've killed enough space for a film that will bring in no one who cares what critic's think. As for what we think? Malekith isn't much of a villain but everything else in the film fires on all cylinders. The romance between Thor and Jane Foster blooms nicely; Asgard has all the grandeur of the best of Jack Kirby's original conceptions; and everything we expect of a Marvel movie (meaning grand battle scenes and super superheroes) is presented and tucked away very nicely. Thor The Dark World also gives you a better sense of how Asgard is different from Earth, which is a great reason to buy the biggest popcorn you can afford and munch to your heart's delight.
On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Thor: The Dark World, he would have paid . . .
Thor: The Dark World is a popcorn flick and a dateflick and a fanboy fest all wrapped up in one. Somewhere along the line Malekith becomes less important as the villain, which is why this fanboy critic isn't rolling around on the floor, whooping like an idiot.
For future reference these are the Seven Worlds comprising the Thor mythology::
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