If anyone ever asks you what
The Marvel Cinematic Universe, as "Thor's" particular franchise is known, encompasses the new adventures of Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America and so on, worth billions around the world. (Rumor has it the next all-star "Avengers" movie will be two hours of actors in costume, counting their money.)
So how's this
This is the second outing for Thor and his mighty hammer, though honestly, what chance do they have against
Now for some very important plot points. In "Thor 2," Malekith, the leader of the dark elves of Svartalfheim, comes out of a long hibernation ready to rumble. Their secret weapon is the aether, pronounced "ee-ther," an "ancient force of infinite destruction," as
When some of the aether enters the bloodstream of astrophysicist Jane Foster (
Other scenes take place on Vanaheim, which is like Anaheim without Disneyland.
Taylor handles the battle sequences dutifully and without much visual dynamism. (If you go to "Thor 2," don't bother with the 3-D edition. Two's enough.) By now, in this Marvel world, we've seen everything twice, and it's hard to impress audiences with something new. But we don't go to "Thor 2" or any of these films, really, for something new.
We go because we saw the other ones. The most satisfying films of the eight so far — the first
The occasional charms of "Thor 2" are all about the way
'Thor: The Dark World'
MPAA rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence; some suggestive content
Running time: 2 hours
Playing: In general release