Thor: The Dark World

Marvel Entertainment Released 2013



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Alan Taylor
Thor must save Earth and the Nine Realms from an ancient enemy that predates the universe itself.


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Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Empire Chris Hewitt

    For a movie that has dark in its title, and which is — yes! — darker (people die, Asgard is grimier, as befitting Alan Taylor's Game Of Thrones heritage), Thor 2.0 is consisten...

  • 50

    The Hollywood Reporter Leslie Felperin

    Although director Alan Taylor manages to get things going properly for the final battle in London, the long stretches before that on Asgard and the other branches of Yggdrasil are ...

  • 40

    The Telegraph Robbie Collin

    It feels entirely made by committee – the definition of house style, without a personal stamp in sight.

  • The best.

    The best film based on the superhero Thor
  • The Ultimate Movie Review! -- @tss5078

    It's no secret that I've always hated superhero movies. I find them to be cliche, over the top, and so far from reality, that often time the stories are just the lowest form of Science Fiction. The only movies of the superhero genre that I've ever truly enjoyed are the recent Batman trilogy and some of the recent Marvel films. That being said, I hated the first Thor film, because it came directly from a comic book and lacked any kind of background story whatsoever. Thanks in part to the Avengers and the development of the Loki character, that all changes with the second film. The story isn't directly from a comic book, but rather based on one. In this film, the characters are more established and there is a lengthy background story that only enhances the film, and the series. In the second film, Thor is tasked with stopping a deadly weapon, possessed by an all but extinct species. This weapon has the power to destroy the entire universe and as always, the focal point is on Earth. Unable to stop the weapon and save his girlfriend at the same time, Thor turns to an unlikely source for help, his now imprisoned brother, Loki. Given the magnitude of the story and the power of the enemy, I'm a bit surprised that they didn't keep this film to be used as an Avengers sequel, as it has all the makings of an epic sequel. Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as Thor and this time he is beyond terrific. His role in the Avengers really enhanced the popularity of a character that most people were unfamiliar with, and the tremendous start to the film really set the framework for Hemsworth to take Thor to the next level. Even the supporting cast steps it up a notch as Natalie Portman is more used to the idea of a boyfriend from another world and being involved in things she couldn't possibly understand. Finally, Tom Hiddleston tops of the story, with his portrayal of Loki. I may be going out on a limb here, but I thought Hiddleston was even better in The Dark World than he was in The Avengers. Going into the Avengers, next to The Hulk, Thor was the weakest of the introduction films, and the least known and appreciated character. That all changed with the Avengers and in his second film, the Thor character steps up to a level that rivals even Iron Man. If you're not that into the series and have only selectively seen a few of the films, make sure you include the Dark World, as it is essential to fully understanding Thor and his impact in the future of the series.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Thor: Are you mad?
      Loki: Possibly.

    • Sif: (during battle) I've got this completely under control.
      Thor: Is that why everything's on fire?

    • Odin: Your Birthright was to die as a child, cast out onto a frozen rock. If I had not taken you in you would not be here now to hate me.
      Loki: If I'm for the axe then for mercy's sake just swing it. It's not that I don't love our little talks, it's just... I don't love them.

    • Thor: (Thor cradles Loki in his arms, after Loki has been fatally wounded by Algrim) You fool, you didn't listen!
      Loki: I know. I'm a fool... I'm a fool...
      Thor: Stay with me, okay?
      Loki: I'm sorry... I'm sorry, I'm sorry.
      Thor: It's alright. I'll tell father what you did here today.
      Loki: ...I didn't do it for him. (Loki dies)
      Thor: NOOO!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Production budget - $170,000,000
      Domestic gross - $206,362,140 (12th)
      Worldwide gross - $644,783,140 (11th)

    • Filming locations:
      Skógarfoss Waterfall, Iceland
      Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England
      Bourne Woods, Farnham, Surrey, England
      Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, England
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios, Manhattan Beach, California
      Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England
      Blythe House, West Kensington, London, England

    • Music:
      We Cakin' Up

      Written by Xzibit
      The Lobby Lounge
      Written and Performed by Robert G. Cressey
      Golden Song
      Written and Performed by Sarah Jane Cion
      Captain America March
      Composed by Alan Silvestri
      Written and Performed by Eric Speier


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