by Dru Hunsaker
The next in the series of Marvel Comics adaptions made by Disney Studios, Thor: The Dark World, is the thrilling sequel to the popular comic about a mythical Norse god and his mighty hammer. The movie begins after the events of the superhero ensemble hit The Avengers. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has returned to his home planet, Asgard, and travels across the different realms seeking to restore them. Meanwhile, his heart remains on earth with the beautiful astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) who pines for him as well.
As fate would have it, the nine realms of the universe are beginning what is called the Convergence, and as they all start to align the fabric of the different worlds also starts to meld together at certain points, disrupting the laws of the universe and piquing the interest of Jane Foster and her fellow scientists. After a point of convergence transports her to another world where she is infected by a deadly being of darkness, Thor must race to save her and the nine worlds that the Dark Elves are trying to conquer, with some help from an unexpected ally.
The film is well paced and has intriguing plot and dynamic characters. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman’s on-screen romance is both sweet and humorous and, as always, Tom Hiddleston offers his biting wit as Thor’s brother, Loki. Overall, the film deserves the success that it opened to with a smashing box office success.
*As with most Marvel movies, those who stay tuned after the credits will see some additional scenes.