Who Is Malekith?
- by Steve Garcia, 8 November 2013
The Marvel movies never sleep, regardless if they have to dig deep into the obscure and unknown! As I’m positive that you’re all eager to watch "Thor: The Dark World", you might ask yourself just who the heck he’ll be fighting? No, we’re not talking Loki and his fabulous hair. We’re talking about that other bad guy in this movie! Who is Malekith?!
In the 1980’s, legendary writer and artist Walt Simonson was taking Marvel by storm by pretty much building upon Thor’s already fantastic world, and truly making the character his own. Among the many, many things he brought into the world of Thor (including that time Thor turned into a frog), he also graced the character with a surplus of new villains, one of them being a dark elf named Malekiththe Accursed. First making his appearance in Thor #344, 1984, there’s a reason why this character’s going to be the big baddie in director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World.
Surtur, who was yet another enemy to the Asgardians and mortal men, ordered Malekith to get the Casket back, as he had big plans to use it on Earth and claim it for his own. Because Odin was not an “OLD MAN AND A FOOL,” (as Thor would put it) he sent his two ravens to spy on the realm of Muspelheim, just to make sure everything was in check.
But fear not, righteous readers, because death is never permanent in the Marvel Universe, and Malekith is alive and well today. He was recently brought back into the pages of Jason Aaron’s monthly Thor title, Thor: God of Thunder. While he was never a particularly huge villain, he was also featured in an episode of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes which was pretty much a watered down version of his claim-to-fame story. He’ll get his time to really shine in Thor: The Dark World, where he’s played by Chris Eccleston of Doctor Who fame. An interesting character and villain choice to bring into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Malekith’s story is a great one, and now that you know who he is, you can be just that much more excited to see Chris Hemsworth kick his sorry butt in a theater near you!
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