Marvel Studios has released the first synopsis for Thor: The Dark World which confirms the villain will be Malekith (to be played by Christopher Eccleston) who is the leader of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. It also suggest that not only will we see Asgard, Earth, and Svartalheim, but some of the other realms from Norse Mythology too.
Here’s the synopsis, which also confirms casting we’ve been hearing about:
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor: The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book Journey into Mystery“ #83 in August, 1962.
Thor: The Dark World is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
In the comics Malekith was after the Casket of Ancient Winters (seen in Thor) to freeze the nine worlds. Eventually Malekith gets it and his first stop is Earth (and Jane Foster), which doesn’t go down well with the God of Thunder. Loki also plays an important role in the story, but it’s best not to spoil it. Lets just say there may be some redemption involved.
Thor: The Dark World is being directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) and will be released November 8, 2013.