At the end of The Avengers our heroes went off into the sunlight (almost literally) letting our brains wonder as to when – and in what condition – we would see them again. A year later, we saw a lost, tortured Tony Stark finally deal with his demons. Our next visit into this ever expanding universe was a bit farther away than Malibu, where we meet up, once again, with The Mighty Avenger.
Since the internet is the way it is, this is the part where I have to completely disrupt any momentum and flow that I have already gained and bring this review to a screeching halt to say something that some deem important:
Spoilers ahead for Thor: The Dark World. If you have not watched and are tetchy about spoilers, then do not read ahead.
Now that we got that out of the way, let us continue. The Dark World picks up very close to when The Avengers ended. We see Loki imprisoned and Thor is restoring peace to the nine realms. I won’t give a John Madden blow by blow of the plot (BOOM! Then he used his hammer!) but I think it is important to note the little pocket of peace between chaos.
This sequel has lots of action, and lots for Thor to do: Rescue his girl, commit treason, and mend (or try to) his relationship with his brother. Loki-Lovers will be happy, Hiddleston has a great part, probably his greatest yet. He will not disappoint even the harshest Loki critics.
With that being said, the others did not have much to do. Lady Sif and the Warriors Three had one important scene. Jane’s friends on Earth seem to me, to be comic relief, but became important near the end. Yet my biggest disappointment was Heimdall. He is my favorite (I am slightly biased towards the glorious Idris Elba – so that might have something to do with it) and I wish he could do more. He certainly did more here than he did in the first film, but for me, it still wasn’t enough.
As mentioned in probably every other review you have read, Christopher Eccleston could have been great – if he was allowed. His role was cut back (for more Loki? For more Jane/Thor? Who knows.) but I enjoyed seeing him on screen again, although as a diehard Doctor Who fan it was quite surreal wanting him to lose.
The film is funny. I know that is not what most people want to hear from a Thor movie or any other super hero movie, but it works. It is funny like Die Hard and Back to the Future are. As someone who has the comedy genre near and dear to his heart, this works and it takes nothing away. It also has the second best cameo of all time. (Yes second best. Nothing, I don’t care who it is or what they do, nothing will beat Hugh Jackman in X-Men: First Class!)
Overall I liked it better than the first Thor film and better than Iron Man 3. Phase 2 is coming in strong; and with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy up next, let’s hope it ends strong.
There are two credit scenes. The one mid-credits, for casual fans, might need someone like me to explain it to them, but it is fanboytastic (is that a thing? If not I just made it one). The post-credit scene is well, stupid. It was not needed, it didn’t work for me, and I’m pretty sure nothing will come of it. The only thing that will redeem itself is if the very last living thing you see shows up on Agents of SHIELD.
Thor will return.
And so will I.