Avengers: 2012 was a spectacle to watch. For the first time, all of the Marvel heroes we had seen before came together to fight against the ever charismatic Loki. Thor: The Dark World would explore what happened to Tom Hiddleston’s Loki after the events of New York. As well as continue the mythos of Thor. There’s no way that it would be lacking in entertainment. This was Marvel, after all. Every film is a good time. Well…not Thor: The Dark World. In fact, out of the handful of “meh” films in the MCU (there’s not a lot, maybe three), is The Dark World the worst one?
Let’s Get Into This
Out of all of those excited for the Thor sequel, I was ready to get more Loki. Yes, I am shameless. Hiddleston’s Loki continues to be one of the best characters in the MCU for me. From Thor 1 to Avengers: Endgame, I’ve loved Loki. I can’t wait for the Disney+ series. Even I, though; found The Dark World unbearable to watch. Even now, as I have the film on in the background to refresh my memory for this article, I find it difficult to concentrate on the movie. Let me start by saying, thank God Taika Waititi worked with Chris Hemsworth to revamp Thor and the series as a whole. The Dark World possibly made me dislike Thor. Now, he’s one of my favorites.
Thor: The Dark World felt sloppy, tonally confusing, and boring. All this sequel did was introduce the Aether, an infinity “stone” that would come into play later in the MCU. The Dark Elves are the main villains in Thor 2, led by Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith. Malekith was actually named during a recent Top 10 podcast where we explored the Worst Comic Book Villains in TV and Film.
All of the Negatives
The entire movie was plagued with a green hue, which makes it aesthetically unappealing. The Dark World tried to say that Thor, Loki, and Odin weren’t gods, but Thor: Ragnarok redacted that. Thankfully. I think Thor: Ragnarok benefitted from not only the colors, but the exclusion of Jane and Darcy. I apologize, but neither fit into a Thor movie, nor were their storylines appealing. Rather, they were annoying pauses in between the film. I know Darcy will return in either the WandaVision show or the Loki show. I know Jane will return in Thor: Love and Thunder. I only hope new directors mean better versions of the characters. Waititi helped Thor, hopefully he can help Jane.
What Thor: The Dark World did was continue the idea that a hero doesn’t wish to be a king or anything of the sort, rather a “good man”. It’s something Steve Rogers was told, something he told Sam Wilson, and something Thor proclaimed to Odin. The movie also foreshadowed Thor’s reluctance to take the throne. It’s why it makes so much sense when he gave New Asgard to Valkyrie. I did like Heimdall’s act of “treason” to help Thor. As well as the Loki scenes, for I am a shameless fan. Lastly, I enjoyed knowing more about Frigga. This made her scene in Endgame all the more impactful. I would have loved to see more of her.
What’s the Verdict?
The three MCU movies which are considered the low ones on the totem pole are Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. I recently defended Iron Man 3 and even though I’m not the biggest fan of Age of Ultron, there were good moments. It’s always good seeing everyone together. That would mean Thor: The Dark World is the worst movie in the MCU. In my opinion. If you like The Dark World, I do not fault you! Hey, anything with Loki is good, right? It’s certainly better than…you know what? I won’t say.
What did you think of Thor: The Dark World?
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