Thor: The Dark World – What You Need To Know
The second instalment of the Asgardian adventure comes to DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (February 24), here's what you need to know about it…
Who’s in it?
Chris Hemsworth returns as the behammered hero with Tom Hiddleston once again donning a cape and wig as his treacherous brother Loki. Natalie Portman is back as Thor's love interest Jane Foster with Kat Dennings also back as her bored-looking assistant Darcy. Anthony Hopkins and Rene Russo return as Odin and Frigga, with Idris Elba once again taking the mantle of Heimdall, Asgard's gatekeeper. The only real new addition is Christopher Eccleston, who plays Malekith, the ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim and the man who is hell bent on destroying Asgard.
What’s the plot?
We pick up after Avengers: Assemble, with Thor back in Asgard, Odin on the throne once again and Loki imprisoned in the dungeons. Jane Foster is down on earth trying to forget all about Thor and getting on with her work. Called to look into a mysterious anomaly in London, which seems to act like a wormhole, she investigates and is sucked into it, becoming possessed with a mysterious weapon known as the Aether which a race of Dark Elves have harnessed to help them send the universe into darkness. After being made aware of this, Thor and his particular band of adventurers are dispatched to deal with the situation and stop Earth falling into darkness. And off we go again…
Does it deliver?
It does and it doesn't. It looks stunning and Hemsworth has really grown into the character of Thor, strutting with that much more confidence this time out. However, the real star of the first instalment and the man who lit up Avengers: Assemble is Tom Hiddleston as the wonderfully dastardly and incredibly charismatic Loki, and he spends two thirds of the film locked up in a prison cell, which definitely detracts from the film somewhat.
There's also the ending, which is spectacular and tremendously enjoyable to watch, doesn't make a whole lot of sense. But if you're looking for a thrilling action adventure, then they don't come much bigger than this…
Thor: The Dark World is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (February 24).