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Christopher Eccleston To Play Villian in “Thor: The Dark World”

Submitted by on August 2, 2012 – 10:31 pm Comments

thor and lockiThe Doctor is going Viking! Actor Christopher Eccleston has been announced as the villain of “Thor: The Dark World.” Eccleston will be playing Malekith the Accursed in the “Thor” sequel. The actor is best known for his brief role as the Time Lord on “Doctor Who.” Actor Mads Mikkelsen was once thinking about pursuing this role. But Eccleston would be a better fit. Mikkelsen will still be plenty busy playing the Hannibal Lecter in the new NBC series about the cannibal titled “Hannibal.”

In addition to this role, Eccleston has also played on the hit show “Heroes”, “28 Days Later”, “Gone in 60 Seconds”, “The Others ” and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” So far this projects has plenty of name on board, including Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, Anthony Hopkins, and Zachary Levi.

The “Thor” sequel is the eighth movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So far, it is scheduled to be released on November 8th, 2013. This movie will reprise many of the roles from the first movie including Loki. However, this time Loki will have to take responsibility for all that he has done (including not only “Thor” but also “The Avengers.”) Hemsworth has stated that “Thor: The Dark World” will have more of a Viking feel, coming from the Norse mythology a bit more. In this sequel, they will take a look at Loki and Thor’s relationship and also tell more of Jane and Thor’s story. We will also learn how the nine realms have been without the Asgardians being able to use the Bifrost.

chris on setAs far as the comics go, Malekith is leader of the dark elves. He was created by the “Thor” writer and artist Walt Simonson during the ’80s. He rules the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, one of the nine realms previously mentioned in “Thor.” The inhabitants of Svartalfheim are very gifted, possessing superhuman intellect, enhanced strength, speed, stamina, and agility. Malekith is also a sorcerer who teleports, shape-shift, cast illusions, and shoot energy blasts. His only vulnerability just happens to be iron metal. Some believe Svartalfheim is the ‘Dark World’ referred to in the title of the movie, while others believe it is the Asgardian underworld.

In the comic books, Malekith joins forces with Loki and ends up with the Casket of Ancient Winters, an insanely powerful object that can cause the end of infinite cold in a different Realm, Niflheim. Though we’re not quite sure how much of the original comic book story will appear in the movie, Malekith lead Thor to one of the worst villans in the comics history, Surtur the fire demon.

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There is speculation that Surtur would make a great third movie villan. But before we get to a third “Thor” we are anxiously waiting the second. I’m sure the screenwriters Don Payne (Thor) and Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) will create an awesome story, sure to thrill us and leave us wanting more. “Thor: The Dark World” is supposed to be coming to theaters sometime in November, 2013.

Keaven Neely

Keaven is a stay at home mother of two little girls. She writes her blog This Mama Is Crazy and also sells her arts and crafts on her Etsy site. Writer of “The No BS Zone”

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