Thor 2: Alan Taylor Compares Malekith to ‘Star Trek’ Villain

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 3rd, 2013 at 3:57 pm,

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Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, served as the primary antagonist of Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First introduced in Thor and later returning to unify The Avengers in a failed attempt at invading Earth. While Loki returns for Thor: The Dark World, a new character in Malekith takes the spotlight as the foil for people of Asgard.

For the Thor sequel, director Alan Taylor, the writing team and Marvel Studios developed a timeline to detail Malekith’s history and relevance to Asgard and the other realms from Norse mythology. We don’t know quite how or why but after 5,000 years, Malekith and his vast army of Dark Elves are back to wreak havoc on the universe.

We spoke with Alan Taylor on the set of Thor 2 last fall and I asked him about the motivations and goals of Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), and his people, since that was one of the earliest confirmed story elements for the sequel

“It was clear early on that we were going to be dealing with the Dark Elves and that Malekith was going to be our guy. And let’s see. I’m trying to remember the process by which it evolved. He’s very much on a mission of vengeance and reclaiming what is rightfully his. That’s not an unfamiliar device. [LAUGHS]

You know, early on, I started thinking, like he’s got something in common with Roy Batty (Blade Runner) who had a righteous mission that you sort of sympathized with. Had a kind of humanity, even though he was an evil bastard. And obviously, his name’s escaping me, but the bad guy in J.J. Abrams’ wonderful Star Trek.”


“Very similar thing. Out to avenge something. So that sort of came along with him. It started getting more personal. I, being an American, I found myself bringing some Osama Bin Laden in it [LAUGHS], but we always knew he was on a task to… I think  two things happened. His mission became grander and grander, and we sort of invented a time scale for where he’s been. And what his backstory is, that make it big enough for Thor. I think other superheroes can fight bad guys in Gotham City or can fight bad guys in Metropolis or whatever, but Thor is part of this epic thing he’s also got going on. Our villains haven’t been around for 5,000 years. They’ve been pissed off since the Big Bang so there’s a kind of scale. Odin’s father had to fight them.

Again, it’s a history lesson. It’s a scale to what his mission is, but also, on the other hand, trying to make it intimate. It’s important that you have a – you saw him with Adewale, who’s playing Algrim, who later becomes Kurse. It’s important for me to give an intimate relationship, so you felt kind of brotherly – you know, you’ve got Thor and Loki, and you’ve got Algrim and Malekith so you have some chance for a kind of an intimate connection. So it’s not just mustachioed villains blowing things up. [LAUGHS]

With any Marvel movie, there’s always seeds being planted for the future, and more often than not, a bigger or more complex explanation for the events taking place. In the books, Malekith the Accursed, has a deal with Surtur – the leader of the fire demons of Muspelheim. Whether or not that factors into the film franchise – a la Thanos reveal in The Avengers - or is a part of a potential Thor 3 down the line we’ll have to see. I asked executive producer Craig Kyle about the fire demons and whether or not Malekith could be working for someone and to both questions he said “who knows” and “we’ll have to wait and see.”

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Malekith (Christopher Eccleston)

Are you hoping to see Thor get a full trilogy and more of that part of Marvel Comics explored on screen”?

Alan Taylor directs Thor 2 off of Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s screenplay. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.


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: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. Niro wasnt exactly a highlight for me. He was severely underused much like cumberbatch

    • The comparison to NERO is only that he was on a quest of vengeance for a wrong done unto him. Nero saw his home world destroyed by Spock I think wasn’t it? The CHARACTER himself is not being compared to Nero, the MOTIVATION of the character is what is being compared here. REVENGE!!!!

  2. Sounds cool and this will be a good way to allude to the fact that just because everything Odin did was right for his kingdom, it doesn’t necessarily mean everything he did (regarding the frost giants and dark elves) was right.

  3. Surttur would be an awsome additional villain to add to the marvel film universe ,BRING IT !

    • Definitely agree. Thor 3 needs Surtur and Beta Ray Bill!

      • totally . there is no other way to have a thor 3

  4. Malekith should be secretly working with Thanos. Malekith unleashes war on Asgard, lays siege to Odin’s vault, releasing all the magical artifacts including the Infinity Gauntlet. And Guardians of the Galaxy would be about the Guardians stopping Thanos from acquiring all the Infinity Gems or something. My rough theory anyways.

    • So the Nova Corps would be overheard wanting to recapture a certain object, the Guardians also chase it thinking it could get them lots of money and pardons while the Eye of Agamotto ends up on Earth?

      • I like your thinking. Works well like the (lovable) rogues gallery thing that they are working on with GotG. However they do it, I’m really looking forward to the easter eggs from shown in Odin’s vault finally making their way into the films. Given that Doctor Strange hasn’t even been given a release date yet, I can’t see the vault being emptied so soon. So I suspect we’ll have to wait until Thor 3. That will give plenty of time to build Thanos up for Avengers 3. =D

        • we shall see. I could see thanos having a hand in making ultron into ultron in avengers two. everything in the movie happens, the avengers defeat ultron, the credits roll and after you see odin on his throne watching the events unfold on earth and thanos sneaking into the throne room, a odin vs thanos fight leaving odin dead and thanos getting the spoils from odins vault , the last sine would be of thor on earth when he recived the odin power and frying a bunch of people . that would be bad ass and a legendary way to end the movie

      • And transforms a certain brilliant neurosurgeon into one of the most powerful sorcerer’s in the Marvel universe.

  5. I’m definitely hoping for a Thor 3 in Phase 3. If this movie is a success (which I really hope and think it will be), then it’s almost 100% we’re getting a third movie.

  6. 5,000 yrs is being pissed off since the big bang??? WOW, that is just plain stupidity!
    More like 5 billion yrs! or is Thor’s word only 5,000 yrs old?
    He can’t really be that stupid, Can he?

    • No, he was comparing it to X-Men and DC because in X-Men, Apocalypse is an Egyptian who was around 5000 years ago and DC have the Black Adam character, who is also Egyptian and 5000 years old.

      Taylor was just saying that Malekith has been around even longer and has had more chance to allow his hatred to grow (but this isn’t mentioning the fact that DC also have a character older than 5000 years in Vandal Savage).

    • Nah, what he’s saying is that the Dark Elves have been away for 5000 years but – it sounds like – they’ve been “pissed” ever since the Big Bang, long before that.

  7. I´d like a a third, if thor 2 good enough.

    • I’ld just like a 3rd movie.

      • thor 3 with thor vs sur would be bad ass then have him join the gog.

  8. I am super stoked about this movie. I loved Thor one and this one looks like it’s gonna be at better. Story wise and visually. Yeah. No doubt in my mind it’s going to be epic. It can’t get here soon enough!!!

  9. Thor. Yes. “Nuff said.

  10. :D <–

    I used to hit these comment sections a year ago all of the time talking about Surtur.



  11. it seems like all these Thor articles could have been condensed into 1, since they all seem to have most of the same info.

  12. It’s the ears.

  13. I don’t see why a Thor 3 won’t get made. It’s more than likely that CA:TWS might be that last one in that franchise for a while until they figure out whether they’re moving forward with Steve or Bucky.

  14. I hope that cap dies in a big way like thanos kills him with the hole world watching him in avengers 3. I don’t see avengers 3 being the last time we see thanos. I think a3 will be the movie where the avengers loose big time