Marvel‘s latest, Thor: The Dark World, and directed by Alan Taylor, continues the big-screen adventures of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Mighty Avenger, in the aftermath of 2012’s Avengers Assemble. As a shadowy enemy predates the universe itself, Thor must fight to save Earth and all the Nine Realms in order to restore order across the cosmos, as an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Set a year after the events in The Avengers and the latest Marvel superhero film since Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World shows that it’s just getting better and better, posing us to question: Is Thor the most consistently entertaining superhero there is? I’m starting to think he is. I also think that Thor is the most surprisingly entertaining of the group, as well, as I never expected to love his films as much as I do.
For me, it was all about the relationship between Thor and Loki, here. Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth play out their brotherly relationship incredibly well, and it was this focus that gave the film more depth compared to the other Marvel films. Loki is my favourite Marvel character and this film had my emotions going all over the place. But I still don’t know where to stand on the matter, so this only makes me more excited for future releases.
Another reason that the Thor films are some of my favourites in the Marvel Universe is because of the many worlds we get to see. The cinematography is fantastic, the effects are superb, and the world of Asgard has always been phenomenally beautiful. It’s a great film to watch just for these immaculate visuals, but the supporting cast also play a big part in this experience, with excellent performances from the likes of Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, and Kat Dennings.
The quality that shines through most with this Thor sequel is how well the humour is played in. Much like Iron Man 3, the film had me laughing throughout, and I have to say that this latest instalment is the funniest in the whole Marvel franchise. Some may see that as its downfall, with many thinking that this is one of the weakest instalments in the MCU, but I stand by it as it entertains me with every watch.