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It’s no secret. Joss Whedon’s The Avengers raised the bar on Marvel’s visual spectacle, meaning Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World strive to blow audiences’ minds with eye-popping action sequences spanning cities (and, in Thor’s case, galaxies).
Alan Taylor’s new sequel doesn’t disappoint. Set in the weeks following The Avengers, The Dark World follows Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) back to Asgard, where the latter pays for his war crimes and the former has to deal with a new threat to the Nine Realms. And it’s in that danger that we find this week’s One Big Scene!
Thor and Loki are at odds. Obviously, Loki’s attack on New York City (and the entire planet of Earth) means Thor can’t trust his brother with anything. But the emergence of Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston) means that the half-brothers now have to work together to vanquish a common enemy… and that means escaping from Asgard before Odin realizes what his feuding sons are up to.
The Dark World increases the amount of sci-fi fantasy in the Marvel universe, taking the fight to various realms and introducing new toys that come to life via modern filmmaking technologies. We’ve seen Thor soar through the sky using his trusty hammer, Mjolnir. But in the One Big Scene, Thor and Loki borrow a spaceship left behind by the Dark Elves, and must evade Asgard’s security forces so they can eventually take on Malekith.
It was an unexpected nod to Star Wars, sandwiched into the middle of a Marvel movie. We have a snippet of the scene. It’s a must-see on the big screen:
What Critics are Saying about Thor: The Dark World
“Thor: The Dark World may not be thunder from the movie gods, but it is -- shock! -- an entertaining journey into mystery, action and fun.”
- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
“All normal physics is suspended and gods, objects and people go careening from one universe to another, which is fun to watch but extremely confusing.”
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
“This robust, impersonal visual-effects showpiece proves buoyant and unpretentious enough to offset its stew of otherwise derivative fantasy/action elements.”
- Justin Chang, Variety
Thor: The Dark World opens everywhere on November 8.
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