Next up in the EYG MCU Rewatch is the movie that most place at the bottom of the list when compiling the MCU films. The sequel is called Thor: The Dark World.
Although the movie is not that terrible compared to many other comic book movies, there are more weaknesses om this one than other MCU films. Still, it still can entertain if you allow it to.
The biggest problem with the film is the reliance on Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). This character is vastly underwritten and no where near as engaging as the movie wants her to be. And she is at the center of the film’s biggest storyline, the discovery of the Aether, a powerful element that can cause mass destruction.
The second problem is the use of the villain Malekith (Christopher Eccleston). Malekith is a great villain in the comics, one of the main forces behind the current War of the Realms series in Marvel Comics. However, the film completely undervalues him and wastes the character by turning him into a one note villain just after power. In the MCU, Malekith is, arguably, the worst of the major villains used in the entire franchise.
Easily, the best part of this movie is the relationship between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Loki and Frigga (Rene Russo). These two relationships are everything the the film has going for it. The constant struggle between Loki and Thor, between brothers who love one another and gods who want to see the other gone. is the core component for each character. We see deeper into Loki here than we have yet. Always before, we saw how important Loki was to Thor, but Loki always betrayed him. Yet, here, we see the tender side of Loki and how important his Asgardian family truly was to him, despite his efforts to ignore them or push them away or let his anger over what he perceived to be his birthright get in the way.
Most of the film’s side characters are wastes of time and bring little to the table.
However, the end credit scene does introduce The Collector (Benicio del Toro) to the MCU and we learn that the Aether is, in reality, one of the Infinity Stones.
Thor: The Dark World is one of the weakest installments of the MCU, but it is still a decent time.