Thor : The Dark World is a sequel to 2011’s Thor and 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers. It is the 8th installment in the Marvels film universe. The film was directed by Alan Taylor, with a screenplay by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander and Rene Russo. In this film Thor must team up with his brother Loki to save Asgard, and later earth as well as the other realms, from an old for who battled their grandfather and was though to be vanquished.
Many years ago Odin’s father King Bor battled and won against the army of the Dark Elf Malekith who sought to vanquish the universe and destroy it using a powerful weapon known as the Aether. As Bor defeated the Dark Elves and their enhanced warriors known as the Kursed, on their home world of Svartalfheim, Malekith and a small group of his men escaped into hiding and went into suspended animation. Bor stored the Aether in a stone column in a secret planet unknown to everyone else as it cannot be destroyed. Cut to present day and Thor, after having defeated marauders on Vanaheim alongside his warrior, returns to Asgard with Loki who is then imprisoned for his crimes. The Asgardians soon learn that the Convergence, a rare alignment of the Nine Realms, is imminent; as the event approaches, portals linking the worlds appear at random. Meanwhile on earth Dr. Jane Foster and her intern Darcy Lewis are in London where they find portals in an abandoned factor leading to other realms, disrupting the laws of physics around them. Thor is alerted by Heimdall that he cannot see Jane on earth; she was teleported to another planet; the same one that houses the Aether and she releases it by accident and it enters her.
With the rainbow bridge between realms being restored, Thor goes to earth and meets Jane and she inadvertently releases an unearthly force, and Thor returns with her to Asgard. Odin disapproves saying that the force could kill her and destroy Asgard as well but has his doctors look at Jane. Malekith awakens with the return of the Aether and with his army descends upon Asgard with a sneak attack and searches for Jane. Thor’s mother Frigga is killed trying to protect Jane and Malekith and his men are forced to leave with the scientist or the Aether. Although Odin warns him not to leave Asgard, as their defense shields are weakened and the city has sustained much damage, Thorn sneaks Loki out of his prison and taking Jane with them they use a secret portal to get to Svartalfheim, where they will use Jane to lure and confront Malekith, away from Asgard. Loki is promised a chance to seek revenge for the death of their mother and agrees, Thor’s warriors helping them to get to the Dark Elf ship that has crashed on Asgard. Once on the planet Loki tricks Malekith into thinking that he has betrayed Thor and Malekith draws out the Aether from Jane but the Dark Elf lord merges with the Aether and in the battle Loki is fatally injured. As the Dark Elves escape in their ship, Thor promises his dying brother that he will tell Odin of his sacrifice. Thor and Jane are able to find a portal in a cave that takes them to earth and they head to London.
The two reunite in London with Darcy, and Jane’s mentor Dr. Erik Selvig — who was briefly institutionalized due to the mental trauma he suffered during Loki’s attack on Earth. Selvig tells them that the convergence of the 9 realms has a central point – Greenwich in the UK. Thor battles Malekith through various portals and across multiple worlds until one portal separates them, leaving Malekith unopposed on Earth. Thor returns in time to help his mortal comrades use their scientific equipment to transport Malekith to Svartalfheim, where he is crushed by his own damaged ship. Thor returns back to Asgard and declines his father Odin’s request for him to take over the throne and tells Odin of Loki’s sacrifice. As he leaves, Odin’s form transforms to that of a grinning Loki. Thor’s warriors take the Aether, contained in an infinity stone to the Collector for safekeeping but the Collector seems to have ulterior plans. Thor reunites with Jane on earth as a frost giant is seen causing havoc in London.
Big, bombastic and a great movie to watch at the theatres. I’m admittedly not the biggest fan of the superhero movies but this one feels more science fiction like to me with a touch of fantasy thrown in. Other have also noticed the Star Trek / Star Wars influences running in the movie and it feels more at home in that genre rather than superhero. 8 outta 10!