Photo Credit: ironman.wikia.com
Photo Credit: ironman.wikia.com

For those who love the Marvel universe, “Thor: The Dark World” will not disappoint. Headed up by Chris Hemsworth, who was inarguably born to play the thunder god, the film picks up where “The Avengers” ended. Loki, who had been taken back to Asgard by his brother at the end of “The Avengers,” is imprisoned by his father Odin, while Thor prepares for his position as Asgardian king. Jane Foster, Thor’s mortal love interest, has been sent to London to conduct research, accompanied by Kat Dennings’ Darcy and Stellan Skarsgard’s Dr. Eric Selvig.

After Jane becomes infected with a mysterious power source called Aether, Thor travels once again to the earthly realm to save her. He brings her back to Asgard, where they discover that Malekith, leader of the dark elves and thought long-dead, has reawakened and seeks to remove the light from all of the nine realms. His mission spells certain disaster for the universe. When an unexpected death takes Asgard by surprise, the fight becomes personal and Thor must conspire with his brother Loki to defeat this dark enemy.

Loki is played Tom Hiddleston, who possesses an incredible acting range that brings depth to a seemingly “evil” character, easily making him the most compelling and interesting character in the film. Being the god of mischief and following Loki’s actions in “The Avengers” and the first Thor movie, it is unclear what his intentions are and where his allegiance lies, and that question will keep you at the edge of your seat. Hiddleston simultaneously brings humor, tenderness, and malice to his character, inspiring both sympathy and anger throughout the film. Twists abound as the plot unfolds, and this movie will leave you guessing until the very end.

Thor and Loki convincingly bicker like brothers, adding an element of comic relief to the film. In fact, the comedic aspects of the film are very strong, and audiences are sure to find themselves laughing out loud.  A surprise ending acts as a cliffhanger and a potential preview for another sequel, and in typical Marvel movie fashion, the credits are followed by a short hidden epilogue scene.

“Doctor Who” fans get a special treat as none other than the ninth doctor, Christopher Eccleston, plays the evil Malekith. Anthony Hopkins and Rene Russo reprise their roles as Odin and Frigga, and Natalie Portman returns as Jane Foster. Stan Lee also makes his characteristic appearance, and one of the other Avengers makes a surprise cameo.

Overall, “Thor: The Dark World” picks up perfectly where “The Avengers” ended, and combines comedy, romance, action and fantasy into a film that truly everyone is able to enjoy.