While Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost) may have spent the most time before each day of shooting Thor: The Dark World for makeup and prosthetics work to play Algrim the Strong and later, his alter ego Kurse, Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) doesn't have it easy either playing the film's primary antagonist.
The film's subtitle The Dark World refers to the realm of Svartalfheim, home of the Dark Elves - from Marvel Comics' take on Norse mythology. Their leader, Eccleston's Malekith- along with his army - not only wear masks as part of their standard issue armored suits - but underneath he's got another mask, one that eventually becomes half-burnt.
While the history of Malekith and his bitter relationship with Asgard remains unclear, we do know that he - and a seemingly vast armada of ships - are back to "plunge the universe back into darkness." (from the official Thor 2 synopsis). The implications of their attack along with his Malekith's true intentions remain unclear, but we do know from the Thor: The Dark World trailers that they attack both Asgard and Earth.
Marvel released another new one-sheet for the Thor sequel, this one focused entirely on Thor's new-found foe.
The last official poster for The Dark World featured the entire cast together, and while the above - released exclusively on Marvel's official site - the other new poster E! released centers in on the relationship between Thor and Natalie's Portman's Jane Foster, who in the sequel finally gets to see Thor's home of Asgard for the first time... in the midst of an all-out attack it would seem:
[Updated with official high-res poster]
We'll update the post when the full-version becomes available. What's in store for the future of the Jane and Malekith characters remains to be seen, but we're more curious about the cosmic connections between the realms Thor and Asgard protect, Malekith's army and the characters we'll meet in next year's Guardians of the Galaxy.
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, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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Sources: Marvel, E!