Nov. 11, 2013 | 11:13 a.m.
Playing a Dark Elf of Svartalfheim isn’t as glamorous as it might seem — at least according to Christopher Eccleston, the English actor who stars as the evil Malekith in “Thor: The Dark World.” “The cloak is a pain in the ass,” Eccleston said. The actor was speaking candidly between takes on the London set of the latest Marvel superhero sequel, which took in an impressive $86 million in its North American debut over the weekend. The movie sees Eccleston portray the malevolent Malekith, an ancient enemy of Asgard who longs to plunge the Nine Realms into eternal night using a weapon known as the Aether. To stop him, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor must team with his treacherous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), a tenuous alliance that has some surprising results. Eccleston has a lengthy resume filled with respected projects including “Jude,” “Elizabeth,” Danny Boyle’s “Shallow Grave” […]
Nov. 01, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
LONDON — A bone-chilling wind and a fine sheet of mist cascaded off the River Thames, but it wasn’t the bitter blasts of air that sent Chris Hemsworth tumbling to the ground. Late on a November afternoon, the brawny Australian actor threw himself down onto the courtyard of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich over and over, filming scenes for what would eventually become the epic final battle in Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.” The film, due out Nov. 8, sees the God of Thunder facing off against a nemesis called Malekith, part of a race known as the Dark Elves, but actor Christopher Eccleston already had called it quits for the day. That left Thor, dressed in full armor, long red cape billowing out majestically behind him, to press on alone, with Hemsworth gamely absorbing imaginary blows for […]
Oct. 23, 2013 | 11:57 a.m.
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman arrived in grand style Tuesday to celebrate the world premiere of Marvel’s newest superhero sequel, “Thor: The Dark World.” The film, directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”), arrives in U.S. theaters Nov. 8, but is set to open a week earlier in the U.K. The cast was all smiles as they walked the red carpet. The movie sees Hemsworth’s brawny superhero form an uneasy alliance with his untrustworthy brother Loki (Hiddleston) in order to save the Nine Realms from a devious plan hatched by the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) that poses great danger to the universe, and especially to Thor’s lady love, Jane Foster (Portman). On the set of the film last year, Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige said the new film took a more practical approach with the fight scenes […]
Aug. 02, 2012 | 4:59 p.m.
“Thor: The Dark World” has cast its villain. Christopher Eccleston, known for his work in “Doctor Who,” will play Malekith in next year’s sequel to the 2011 Marvel blockbuster that starred Christopher Hemsworth in the title role. In the comics, Malekith is the ruler of the dark elves of Svartalfheim, one of the nine worlds of Asgard. The dark elves possess superhuman strength, stamina, speed and smarts. Malekith can also teleport, fly by transforming into mist and cast illusions. He is served by minions Bitterhand, Wormwood and Grendell. At one point in the comics, Malekith wields the Casket of Ancient Winters — a powerful weapon with the ability to summon primordial winter — which, as fans will remember, was wielded by Loki and much-coveted by the frost giants of Jotunheim in the first film. Malekith also strikes an alliance with Loki, but […]