Algrim to Kurse Transformation

Algrim the Strong (played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is the loyal lieutenant for Malekith, king of the Dark Elves. In Marvel Comics, Malekith has Algrim battle Thor, and take the opportunity to open a pit beneath them both to hot lava where Algrim falls and burns alive, transforming in the rage-fueled beast known as Kurse. He survived thanks to his unique enchanted armor and his need for revenge against Thor, who escaped by flying away. While we don’t know how exactly these events will play out in Thor: The Dark World, we will see Algrim transform into Kurse (pictured above).

Jake Morrison, visual effects supervisor for Marvel Studios, tells us that they looked at famous movie transformation scenes including American Werewolf in London and the Hulk transformation in The Avengers:

“A lot of it is choosing what you don’t see as opposed to what you do see to sort of build up to it.  So what I’ve been working with is, there’s two pieces and then you try to work out what will be the coolest way to get from here to there.  The thinking that we have right now is that it’s kind of a Carbonizing type process so there’s, it’s a fusing of materials in the transformation. So what I’m trying to do is work out what are the most beautiful and terrifying looking natural events that we can have that would allow the uniform to fuse from here to here, to get us from A to B using as much real-world reference as we possibly can.”

Disney and Marvel’s official description of Kurse:

Algrim/Kurse is Malekith’s trusted and loyal lieutenant. He fought at Malekith’s side during the initial war with Asgard thousands of years ago, but now their time is running out. Algrim is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice and is transformed into the monstrous Kurse. With a new and terrifying power, Kurse seeks to destroy Thor and Asgard in preparation for Malekith’s arrival.

Next: The Power of Cursing Iron

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