'Thor: The Dark World' to Battle The Dark Elves of Svartalfheim?

A stuntman on the film offers new details that elude to the mystery villains at the heart of this upcoming sequel.
Malekith The Accursed as seen in the animated Avengers series. Art by Aeltri.
Malekith The Accursed as seen in the animated Avengers series. Art by Aeltri.
We hope you're not feeling Marvel fatigue just yet. The studio has a whole line-up of movies in the pipeline, most of which tie into this summer's mega-hit Marvel's The Avengers. One of these upcoming adventures is the sequel Thor: The Dark World, which star Chris Hemsworth has confirmed begins shooting this August, even though Iron Man 2 won't quite be done with principle photography until further on in the year. Yup, they are staggering their productions.

That means pre-production on Thor: The Dark World is well underway, and that the story is set in place. This sequel is said to have a stronger Norse influence, and will have a very 'Viking' centric vibe. Mads Mikkelsen was originally set to play the villain, but recently dropped out. While we don't know who is replacing him just yet, we now have an idea about whom he was set to play.

In an interview with I Review Too that dates back to early June (thanks to Comic Book Movie for digging this up), stuntman James Grogan let it slip that Thor will be going up against the The Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. Which makes sense, considering the new title revealed during Comic-Con 2012.

Here is what he had to say.

"The other day for example, this is quite random but I was working on Thor: The Dark World. I had a load of stunt guys in and the director came in and he said 'Look, we want you all to be elves,' and I was like 'What the hell is an elf anyway?' and he said 'I want you all to walk around like these supernatural animals,' honestly it was the most ridiculous thing ever but you just have to not be self aware and get on with it."


The speculation this morning is that Mads Mikkelsen had been cast to play Malekith The Accursed, ruler of the Dark Elves, and a not very friendly guy. This blue, pointed-eared super villain has super human strength and speed, along with the ability to teleport and project energy. And he looks like he would fit right into the overtly Norse universe being hyped up in this sequel. Malekith's biggest storyline in the comics, to date, finds him teaming up with Loki to retrieve the Casket of Ancient Winters, which allows its user to control the icy weather conditions on Niflheim. It also makes its user younger.

Of course, this plotline has not yet been confirmed by the studio. But it is in line with everything we've heard about the project thus far. We'll be sure to update you as the story breaks.

Thor: The Dark World was released November 8th, 2013 and stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson. The film is directed by Alan Taylor.


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Comments (23)

  1. Sean

    @mcleve02 Yes, good point.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. THE JOKER

    @bawnian-dexeus He would definitely be good at this role for sure!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  3. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    If someone like Bill was considered, than so be it. He's got the malevolence covered.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  4. THE JOKER

    @bawnian-dexeus haha I don't think so..

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Can we really put an age number on this villain?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  6. THE JOKER

    @themoviefanatic That's true, but I guess we will have to wait and see who they actual pick!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  7. Sean

    @mcleve02 Yeah, i know what you mean :P . Although, if it were to be a character that was completely computer generated like Bill Nighy's role in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies as Davy Jones, then that might actually work if they don't make him look the age that he already is.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. THE JOKER

    @themoviefanatic Crap.. If only we could make him young again!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  9. Sean

    @mcleve02 Yeah, Bill Nighy might look too old for the part.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  10. THE JOKER

    What about Bill Nighy... unless you're worried he will look too old for the part

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  11. Adriana E. Loera

    Steve Valentine would make a great Malekith.

    2 years agoby @Adriana-E-LoeraFlag

  12. RyanMoran

    looks ok

    2 years agoby @RyanMoranMitaFlag

  13. ROFLitschristian

    Anything to do with Svartalheim and Hel please.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  14. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Luke Goss for Malekith

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  15. Bane5000

    Mads Mikkelsen would be absolutely perfect for the role of Malekith, if not him I say Robert Knepper, he can play a great villian { look him up }.

    Heres a wild idea...It been known Hugo Weaving has said he'd be hesitant to return to the role of Red Skull...if one or neither of them can play Malekith, how bout either Mikkelsen or Knepper to take the over the role of Red Skull??? 8-]

    2 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  16. Rudy

    Iron Man 3, not Iron Man 2.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  17. Brizzy

    Damn I really hope so.. Please, bring Mads back.. He's just such an authentic actor.

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  18. the MovieGhost

    I really hope they can get Mads back. From what I've seen of him in past Films, he would be perfect in that role.

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  19. ZanyZap

    Bring on pubescent Thor! "Ugh dad you don't get me! I'm going to the gym to blow off some steam and hopefully get big biceps so that the girl in my Lighting & Thunder & God Stuff 101 class will love me!"

    2 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  20. THE JOKER

    @dbzfan91 Probably... haha

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  21. Dbzfan91

    don't they mean Iron Man 3? not 2 lol

    2 years agoby @dbzfan91Flag

  22. THE JOKER

    ok. I'm ok with this!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag