- "A while ago" Odin's Father thinks he has killed all the Dark Elves and safely secured the Aether (i.e. this movie's MacGuffin) that would return the Universe to darkness... but he hasn't...
- "In the present day" Thor fights with 3 (well 4 strictly) new characters to bring peace to the Nine Realms (which is why he didn't call Natalie Portman back but typically bloody woman she is still pissed at the guy)
- Foster (Natalie) rather conveniently stumbles upon the "hidden" Aether whilst investigating a temporal anomaly on Earth, and becomes infected by it
- Thor shows and whisks her off to Asgard where they are attacked by the (now re-awakened) Dark Elves trying to get access to the Aether again
- Thor then commits treason (along with several others) by defying Odin's orders and taking Foster to the Dark World (with the help of Loki whom he springs from prison) to lure Malekith there instead
- An epic battle between good and evil erupts with the fate of humanity lying in the balance... etc etc etc
- Very nicely filmed (see Cons for an exception though), and the battles are pretty engaging
- Christopher Eccleston plays Malekith very well
- Loki somewhat steals the scenes he's in... especially when he assumes the form of other characters (e.g. Captain America) after being set free
- Interaction between Thor and Loki evolves nicely (although somewhat obviously) through the course of the movie
- A few nice twists in the plot
- Disappointing lack of any real 3D? Barely noticed anything when watching...
- Starts slooowly... first few acts drag on for fucking ages... really only after
There are two stingers in the credits, one mid and one after. Certainly wouldn't hang around for the one after tbh as it was rather pointless...
- Implies that the Infinity Gauntlet will make an appearance at some point in these movies
- Volstagg and Sif give the Aether Infinity Stone to the Collector for safe keeping since having it and the Tesseract in the same location would be a bad idea... the Collector mutters "1 down 5 to go" in an attempt to be ominous... scene is so poorly shot / acted though it's almost like it was an afterthought...
- Foster is moping around in her apartment... Thor shows up and gives her a kiss... one of the monsters that was still left on Earth... that noone seems to mind is still there... chases some birds away... pretty dumb shit tbh