‘Thor: The Dark World’ Official Character Descriptions – Meet Malekith, Kurse, & More!

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A large part of the charm of the original Thor was its faithfulness to the incredibly out-there, just-slightly goofy universe of the original Stan Lee/Jack Kirby-created comic books. That fidelity meant the film made room for much of the comics’ wonderful supporting cast – something that may have made Thor a little overstuffed, but increased its fun and vitality in the same equation.

It looks as if the same track is being taken by the upcoming sequel, Thor: The Dark World. Packed to the rafters with new and returning characters straight from the comics, moviegoers may end up wanting a primer before going into the viewing experience. Fortunately for them, Disney has recently released a handy list of characters – including their current statuses – to get you up to speed.

Stitch Kingdom has shared an official list of short biographies of Thor: The Dark World’s principal characters – along with a few fan-favorite supporting roles. The full descriptions are thus:

Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

Thor Odinson is the Prince and future King of Asgard, an advanced alien civilization. Once arrogant and impulsive, Thor was banished to Earth by his father, Odin. The experience taught him humility, but put him into conflict with his adopted brother Loki. After saving the Earth from Loki’s schemes alongside the Avengers, Thor now faces a new enemy — one that threatens to destroy everything he cares for.

Jane Foster (Natalie Portman)

Jane Foster is an astrophysicist who met Thor when he was exiled to Earth by his father. The two had an intense attraction in the short time they were together, and through Jane, Thor learned the value of humility and the heroic nature of humanity. After being separated since Thor’s first visit to Earth, Jane has moved on with her life… but now finds herself pulled into Thor’s world once again by an ancient evil.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston)

Loki Laufeyson is the adopted brother of Thor, raised alongside him from birth by Odin. Upon learning his true lineage, Loki sought to conquer both Asgard and Earth but was stopped by Thor and the Avengers. Still arrogant and unrepentant, Loki sits in the dungeons of Asgard, with only his mother Frigga seeing any hope for him. But when an ancient enemy seeks the destruction of Asgard, Loki finds his loyalties tested.

Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård)

Dr. Erik Selvig is a fellow astrophysicist and mentor to Jane Foster and was with her when Thor arrived on Earth. Selvig’s mind was possessed by Loki, who forced him to aid in his invasion of Earth. Loki’s mind control was lifted after Thor and the Avengers defeated him, but Selvig’s mental state has deteriorated due to Loki’s influence. Selvig now finds himself at the center of cosmic events once again as two worlds collide.

Heimdall (Idris Elba)

Heimdall is the sentinel of Asgard with the ability to see and hear events galaxies away. He stands at his post in Asgard’s Observatory, watching over the cosmos and protecting Asgard from any and all intruders. As one of Odin’s most trusted warriors, Heimdall is beyond reproach…but now Asgard faces an enemy that even Heimdall cannot see.

Malekith (Christopher Eccleston)

Malekith is the cruel leader of the Dark Elves, a race of beings said to be older than the universe itself. Born into darkness, Malekith led his people in a war against the Asgardians, but they were thought to have been destroyed thousands of years ago. Malekith survived, however, and now seeks to transform our universe, plunging it back into eternal darkness.

Algrim/Kurse (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje)

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.

Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings)

Darcy Lewis is Jane Foster’s intern, a quirky but quick-thinking poli-sci major who found herself in the middle of Earth’s first contact with an alien civilization. And while she doesn’t always understand everything that’s happening around her, she doesn’t hesitate to speak up about it. When Jane discovers an ancient cosmological event affecting the Earth, it’s Darcy who has to pick up the slack when Jane disappears.

Volstagg (Ray Stevenson)

Volstagg makes up one third of the Warriors Three, Asgard’s greatest and most loyal warriors. Large and imposing, Volstagg’s skill with an axe is matched only by his appetite. With Fandral and Hogun, Volstagg has fought alongside Thor on many adventures across the cosmos. And while the stories of his exploits are often elaborated, he’s a hero to the Asgardian people.

Fandral (Zachary Levi)

Fandral is Asgard’s finest swordsman, which serves him well as a member of the Warriors Three. Alongside Volstagg and Hogun, Fandral fights to protect Asgard from any and all foes. When not using his sword to smite his enemies, Fandral uses his charm and good looks to woo the ladies.

Hogun (Tadanobu Asano)

Hogun, often known as Hogun The Grim, is the deadliest of the Warriors Three. With both spiked mace and blade, Hogun defends Asgard as well as his own home, the peaceful planet of Vanaheim. Though he rarely speaks, his loyalty to Thor is legendary… as is his disapproval of Fandral and Volstagg’s frivolous natures.

Sif (Jaimie Alexander)

Sif is one of Asgard’s most formidable warriors. Skilled and fearless, she’s a trusted and faithful ally to Thor. During his banishment, Sif saw Loki’s treachery and risked all to return Thor to Asgard…but on Earth, she saw that she had lost Thor’s heart to another—the human Jane Foster. Now at the end of a long campaign to free the Nine Realms from strife, Sif seeks to rekindle her relationship with Thor.

Frigga (Rene Russo)

Frigga is wife of Odin and mother of Thor and Loki. The glue that holds the royal family together, Frigga knew that there was more to Odin’s banishment of Thor than met the eye, just as she now sees that there’s more within the villainous Loki than the others see. But when Asgard is attacked, Frigga will fight to defend those that she loves at any cost.

Odin (Anthony Hopkins)

Odin is King of Asgard, Protector of the Nine Realms, and father to Thor and Loki. Odin’s long reign is coming to an end, however, and while disappointed with Thor’s arrogance at first, he now sees that Thor is ready for the throne. But when an ancient enemy returns, Odin questions Thor’s allegiances…for if Thor is to be king, he must choose duty over his heart’s desires.

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In truth, this list doesn’t reveal much that hasn’t already been shared via the Thor: The Dark World trailer or nuggets of official information that have slipped out in previous months. Most interesting are the hints at Malekith and the Dark Elves’ motivations for coming out of the shadows to once again wage war on Asgard. Why exactly is “time running out” for the race of Svartalfheim?

Poor Dr. Selvig seems to have a more interesting character arc building for him than simply reprising his role as a convenient Nordic physicist. We may see him taking a stab at redemption after his (admittedly brainwashed) role in the Battle of New York in The Avengers.

Also of note is the tone of Odin’s character entry, which seems to imply that the character may soon step away from the Asgardian kingship. This would make sense if Thor: The Dark World is drawing heavily from the Thor tales of Walt Simonson, which initially introduced Malekith and saw the departure of Odin from his throne during wartime. Could this also mean the departure of Anthony Hopkins from the franchise?

At the very least, Disney/Marvel’s release of this comprehensive list serves as a handy way for fans to reacquaint themselves with the franchise before the movie’s release. Doubtless there are plenty of surprises left up Thor: The Dark World’s figurative sleeves.


Thor: The Dark World will strike theaters on November 8th, 2013.

Source: Stitch Kingdom

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  1. I only care for Loki. ;)

    Interesting though that it says only Frigga sees hope any in him. o.O

    • I didn’t realize ZLoki had a name (“Loki Lookie??”).
      And with a name like “Frigga”, well that gal has got to be good!!!

    • ONLY a mother could see that Loki still has more to him! A father, would have had him thrown in prison… or Killed!

  2. Could Marvel be surprising us and having Thor killed off when Ragnarok takes place on screen in the coming years?

    • I don’t see Marvel killing off thor.

    • Maybe Dazz! I’m also not sure if he is signed on for Avengers 2, so maybe this is their way of NOT getting involved in ANOTHER big contract!!

      I would be disappointed but it makes sense, Marvel cannot keep these rising stars on their Payroll forever! It would just be un-economical! or bad business on Marvels part because their movies would be more and more costly…and as we all know Marvel is very, frugal **cough/cheap/cough**!

      • I’d take Bruce Banner’s word for it. They don’t even have another film for him XD

        • And they won’t give you one either Janet…

    • Why would Marvel kill off one of their big four so soon, especially considering Hemsworth is signed for two more ‘Avengers’ films and one more ‘Thor’ film after this one. Marvel wants to keep making money, not start losing it lol.

  3. Thor will be awesome. Hopefully it will make up for Iron Man 3 as the official kickoff of Phase 2. Hopefully they’ll kick out Jane Foster in this movie and replace her with Sif.

    • Totally agree, Sif deserves more screen time, Jane is a boring character in my opinion.

      • In the case of Jaime Alexander, it would probably be the only time I would not mind catching the “Sif” (“Syph”)!

        • you claim to be in your 50′s, but your constant stream of silly nonsense indicates otherwise.

          • Age doesn’t necessarily equal maturity.

          • @ Jeffro

            The bloke like smutty humour, no harm, no foul…

            Enjoy the nonsense, not every post has to be a treaty on the philosophical consideration of the comic book movie phenomenon.

            At least he’s not random trolling, not saying that you are (best get that in you seem “touchy”), some of those guys are truly moronic.

            In a twist of irony there’s a fellow who is/used to be on the UK comedy circuit also called Jeffro, he would appreciate Goldilocks’s esoteric brand of humour.

  4. My bet is dark elves are fleeing from Thanos moving closer towards earth doing his apocalypse thing on his way

    • By the looks of those Elves, you could summon the Power Rangers to save the day

      • Quick, we must sing THE song!!

      • Or the teletubbies….

    • “Dark Elves”…Santa’s gone for “racial equality”???

      • How childish.

  5. I wouldnt mind seeing jane being killed off. if its done well and it allows sif to have an even bigger role in future films.

  6. I think someone is gonna die in this one, I just can’t figure out who.

    • Frigga will defiantly die (Frigga will fight to defend those that she loves at any cost) most likely it will happen early in the film while she is protecting Loki.

    • Sure you don’t imagine who’s going to die? Frigga, maybe. I think it’s time to forget some villians to focus on Ultron and Thanos.

    • Sure you don’t imagine who’s going to die? Frigga, maybe. I think it’s time to forget some villians ;)

  7. Was anybody else completely unaware of Adewale being cast in this movie? A pleasant surprise! :)

    • I would love to see him as Black Panther but Kurse, he’ll be a great physical match for Thor.

    • “Add a whale”? Might as well…everyone else is in this film!!

    • UMMM, NO!!!

      • Okay.

  8. Im only going to see this because of KURSE!!

  9. You have the “Kurse”? No silly boy, only women get that, once a month, and it’s natural….

    • you’re scaring away the normal people

    • Go home Goldilocks, you’re drunk.

    • 50 million comedians out of work and your trying to be funny, don’t quit your day job.

    • Okay, even I can’t defend that one….

  10. Can’t wait to see this one , i love how they stay loyal to the kirbyverse !

  11. Is it just me… or is Loki standing in the pic with Kurse and Maliketh? Is this a sign that Loki is behind this plot as well?

    • It’s pretty obvious that’s Loki. He could be involved or had a change of plan along the way.

      • rhetorical question.I knew it was Loki. Just pointing it out to those who would like to start ranting about it

  12. I picture Malekith arriving on Asgard with the TARDIS!! Oh, the 9th Doctor!! :))

  13. Why? all the hate on Jane foster? just b/c she is not a warrior like sif. she can help in other ways. that story about her not coming back is not true. Thor will always love Jane. Above all the other woman.

    • Lady Sif was Thor’s greatest love, Jane did not last long.

  14. Do you think they will ever include Baldur?

  15. This movie does look awesome and I get the strong impression the writers are setting up Loki to get his redemption in this movie. I think having the one person who still believed in you die might give Loki at least a temporary change of heart for this film to be heroic.

  16. Here’s a possible plot turn. Lady Sif loses her shi@ from not being chosen by Thor because he loves Jane Foster (That’s a nice decision to have by the way) and later becomes the Enchantress in future Thor enstallments. It goes off canon, but Marvel seems to be moving in that direction. Put it on the prediction board. End of Line.

  17. Thor left Sif for Jane. Thor settled for Sif b/c he could not have Jane . Thor would have been with Jane even if she failed that test. Thor was so heartbroken over Jane is left earth. Odin had erased Thor mind of her. B/c he knew Thor would not let her go.