Fear of a Dark Elf Planet

Thor: The Dark World – I’ve been trying to read comics a little more as of late, and I think the Marvel movies manage to capture the feel of being epic, fun, and kind of cheesy all at the same time. I mean, the plot of this film seemed a little silly. “Let’s make everything dark, because we’re Dark Elves, and we like darkness. Go, darkness!” Like other films of the sort, though, it draws you into its world so that it becomes engaging despite the absurdity (or maybe partially because of it). There were a lot of clever moments in it: Thor hanging his hammer on a coathook, Loki calmly reading a book in his prison cell while the elves were attacking around him, the trickster’s impersonation of Captain America, Darcy’s snarky commentary on everything going on, Jane Foster trying to return to a normal life after a romantic relationship with a thunder god. Dark Elves are a genuine part of Norse mythology, but the majority of their role has been lost to time. Sometimes they appear to be pretty much indistinguishable from dwarves. The movie combines the J.R.R. Tolkien concept of Elves as a very proud people with the science fiction elements of having them control black holes and dark matter. I’m not sure why they use laser guns if they hate light so much, though. I understand that Loki originally wasn’t going to be in the film, but was so popular in his previous two appearances that they gave him a significant role. It’s interesting to see him and Thor working together (as they often did in the original myths) after he attempted to violently conquer both Asgard and Midgard, but the thunderer was obviously pretty desperate at this point. I have to say that I prefer Loki as someone who causes chaos because it’s fun for him over his being yet another villain who attempts world domination. The comics and movies try to combine the two, which doesn’t always work that well, but people love the character anyway. I have to wonder how he managed to survive the battle against Malekith. I mean, he always has tricks up his sleeve so it’s not surprising that he did. I just want to know if we’ll get an actual explanation. And is Frigga being dead now officially part of the cinematic canon? I noticed how, after Loki told Frigga she wasn’t his real mother, Thor introduced her to Jane as his mother, even though I believe Marvel sticks with mythology in making his mother an earth goddess instead. Is this not the case in the films, or was the point that Thor called her his mother and Loki didn’t even though neither are her biological children? The ending tells us that Thor will return, but doesn’t provide a title. I guess, as things are going now, his next appearance will be in the second Avengers movie?

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