‘Thor 2′ Set Photos Reveal Malekith & His Dark Elves

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 1st, 2013 at 8:23 am,

 Thor 2 Set Photos Reveal Malekith & His Dark Elves

Thor introduced moviegoers to the otherworldly locales Asgard and Jotunheim, two of the Nine Realms of Yggdrasil (Earth or Midgard as it’s also known as is another), home of Thor’s people and the Frost giants, respectively. In the Alan Taylor-directed sequel, fans are going to journey further and deeper into the Marvel cosmos.

Where the first film pitted Asgard against Frost Giants, Thor: The Dark World aims to introduce another seemingly villainous faction in the Dark Elves, led by Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith the Accursed. Thanks to the production moving into public locations, we have our first look at the Dark Elf costumes and leader.

MTV nabbed a pair of photos from the set, each featuring the Dark Elves geared up in armor and wielding unique weapons. The imagery highlights the intricate elven designs that are rather reminiscent of their traditional aesthetic we’re familiar with from other mediums (see: Lord of the Rings), even for space elves. Click to enlarge:

Head to MTV for another image of the Dark Elf soldiers in costume on set and I’m Not Obsessed for many more photos from the same set. Comparing the above live-action adaptation to the traditional Marvel Comics depiction of Malekith, Eccleston’s version maintains the two-face design, long white hair, elven ears, gold-highlighted armor, and the chest symbol (see below images for better comparison).

The swords are not present, replaced by wrist blades of some sort, and some of the soldiers are wielding a large blunt black weapon. The soldiers do sport face masks like the books, but embrace more of a softer, emotionless look compared to the Marvel Comics designs which look more like the Immortals from 300.

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Malekith (Christopher Eccleston)

Gold does seem to be the color of choice thus far from the cosmic side of the Marvel cinematic universe. The Asgardians, the Chitauri, Thanos, and now the Dark Elves all sport golden armor.

Marvel Studios, since they have all the source material and Marvel Comic artists at hand, are well-suited to adapting designs, characters and environments from the books to live-action, even when it comes to adding originality and fleshing out the lore. The costumes look great and so the bigger question we have is the reason behind Malekith and his Dark Elves being on Earth.

Also note, that the Dark Elf designs here are drastically different than the enemies depicted in set photos taken back in September in Bourne Woods, Surrey, where Thor, Sif and Asgardian soldiers battled unknown foes, who we originally believed were the Dark Elves.

By all accounts (much of which is hearsay or rumored), Thor 2 will introduce showcase all of the nine realms of Norse mythology, potentially spending significant time on Svartalfheim (home of the Dark Elves) and Muspelheim (home of Surtur and his fire demons). How much time will be spent on Asgard, Earth and the other realms remains to be seen.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.


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Source: MTV

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  1. Malekith got a beer belly

    • Reality adds 10 lbs.

  2. Are those black dots on his face some kind of motion capture components? Interesting :)

  3. Im impressed but I dont think thats how the end product will look. It looks like Malekith is missing some CGI for his face.

  4. Even Iron Man now sports more golden armor!

    Invest in gold people. Rates gonna go sky high.

    • Good call!

      Although he’s earthbound – perhaps he was inspired by the Chitauri.

      • That isn’t EARTH

  5. Sweet

  6. I think Malekith looks awesome, and the dots on his face are surely motion capture so he’s gonna get some extra CGI, so while this gives as an overall feel of how he will look, it will probably look slightly different on screen.

    I am very excited for this movie.

    Now I am waiting for Loki BTS photos, I am curious what new armour he will have!

    • He is a prisoner he deserves no armor

  7. I don’t like the costumes. Nevertheless, I’m still very excited to see the movie.

    • The costumes don’t like you either. Let’s call it a draw.

      • Nope.

  8. Where is news of Hercules and Xena being in this or will we have to wait til the third movie?

    • I’d take Gabrielle over them :D

      • I’m partial to Callisto, myself.

        • Aphrodite FTW. :-P

  9. Very cool! I’m not so sure that they are on earth in these photos. Can’t wait to see the movie!

  10. Look! Its the Cybermen!

    • Yes!..

      • Yes! Cybermen. Exactly!
        Based upon the comic pictures I’ve seen posted recently. Isn’t the dark half of Malekith’s face on the wrong side?

  11. It looks like they are on a street. Could Thor have to save earth again.

  12. It would’ve been cooler or more menacing IMO if he would’ve had his hair…

    • I think its just because he’s is wearing a healmet type piece in this picture. You can see some of the white hair above his ears and if its long it could be behind his back where we can’t see it. Then again I havent seen any of the other photos. Just going off of the ones up top.

  13. They are making some scenec (the one from photo) at my University (University of Greenwich) XD

  14. I look at the first picture reveal malekith,dark elves and their look truly amazing and the wearing mask and body costumes and the look like chitauri and it is truly cool and i hope see loki new costumes in thor:the dark world and also to see thor /jane foster back together in thor:the dark world as well other relm many monster as well and i can,t to see in theather in novembre 8,2013.

  15. Nervous about the way they look. I just keep telling myself they will end up looking better in the finished product. But that little voice in the back of my head says, “Captain America didn’t get better in the Avengers.”

    • Captain America was great in both movies. If you didn’t like AVENGERS, you won’t like this either.

      • He never said he didn’t like the avenger.. just said cap wasn’t better and I agree, he was on the back burner during the film.

      • First, there is no way you can know that. About a movie you haven’t seen. Second, I thought the Avengers was great, and Captain America is my absolute favorite super hero. He is the moral center of the entire Marvel Universe. But his costume in the Avengers was awful, unless its goal was to ensure he looked like the weakest member of the team. The ruggedness of the concept art did not translate to film. The first avenger costume employed more creative license, but stay more true to the idea of Captain America.

        • Thanks, Trey.

        • If you do it from helmet to chest to right down to the boots just like the comics of the 60s and 70s, you will do just fine on the costume. The Avengers “Cap-costume” looked kind of femmy.

  16. Looks like Harvey Two Face!

  17. It looks funny on these images cant wait to see the first trailer

  18. Looks like a classic Power Ranger villain with an army of Putties.

    • So they’ll attack one at a time while the others are dancing around in the background? Sounds like a Thor slaughter to me. 8-)

  19. “Mackeral-Kiss” looks like one of my bosses at Wal-Mart!

  20. Looks good. Anyone who is iffy, do you remember how the costumes looked for the earliest Fellowship of the Ring movie? Looked like the actors had put on partially cut pvc pipe layers and wielded something from United Cutlery’s discount website. And how did that movie turn out? Godly amazing.

  21. let see how it turns out at the big screen, that’s a funny looking thing

  22. Costumes don’t look so good.

  23. My biggest problems with whats I’m seeing are:

    1) No long white flowing hair. This has been a signature visual since the beginning and second only to his color bifurcated face. He NEVER wore any sore of headgear and it just looks silly and out of place with the character I know.

    2) The face colors are reversed. The black side has always been on the left.

  24. There is some spy footage of Malekith fighting Thor here: http://goodmoviesbadmovies.com/2013/03/21/thor-2-filming-spy-footage/

  25. My only beef with this ,is they never keep Thor’s helmet on. It’s like Tobey McGuire and Andrew Garfield always taking of their Spiderman masks.