Marvel have unleashed a sequel to their 2011 debut of Midgard's favourite dim-witted, arrogant, Mjölnir-wielding superhero, Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Thor: The Dark World is an entertaining story that not only fleshes out the norse-inspired sci-fi mythology of Asgard—and the other difficult-to-pronounce realms—but it is also an opportunity to draw on the consequences of the famous New York incident in The Avengers, which featured an ensemble cast of do-gooders putting aside their differences to fight an epic threat for the sake of life-kind.
From the very beginning we witness Thor and his merry men, and warrior lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), skirmish with riff-raff on an alien realm. When Thor does battle with his Asgardian comrades it always leads to comic relief, but not to the point of being too cheesy. We realise that Sif might have feelings for our buff protagonist however Thor never pursues the woman in front of him; instead his thoughts turn to Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), a scientist from Earth. The obvious love triangle subplot is teased, but never followed up on. Perhaps this 'romance' thread might be picked up in the next sequel?
Meanwhile, in London, Jane Foster and her lackeys stumble upon a bizarre spatial anomaly that, once again, ties with cataclysmic events linked to the fate of Earth, Asgard and so on. One character who was obviously affected by the events of New York is Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) who is arrested by police for doing a nudie run through Stonehenge. Selvig might be a little nutty, and often not wearing any pants, however his role throughout his humorous and very important.
The big bad in Thor: The Dark World is an ambitious ruler of the Dark Elves, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), who is awakened from a long slumber when Jane Foster finds an ancient evil …
When things get really bad, Thor turns to his renegade brother for help. We find Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in a dungeon cell on Asgard. Despite his heinous crimes against humanity and the intergalactic community, Loki is extremely likeable because of his wise cracks and hilarious banter with Thor.
Thor: The Dark World is a fun action flick for the whole family. That moment when Chris Hemsworth looks out onto the metropolis of Asgard, shirtless, had the girls, and maybe a few guys, swooning in the audience. The pace throughout the movie was fairly consistent, never felt too slow or too fast.
Keen-eyed viewers will burst into hysterics with Stan Lee asking for his shoe back and there is also a surprise cameo appearance that features Captain America (Chris Evans). Stay tuned after the end credits roll for a bonus scene.