By Megan Bianco
Thor saves the day once again. It’s only been six months since the release of Iron Man 3, and Marvel already has the newest Avengers-themed feature out in theaters. After a mixed reaction the first time around with Thor in 2011, the demi-god fared better opposite his fellow superheroes in The Avengers last year. Solo again, television director Alan Taylor makes his blockbuster debut with Thor: the Dark World.
On his home world of Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) discover a group of creatures called Dark Elves set on destroying their world. In London, Thor’s love Jane (Natalie Portman) is sucked into a wormhole and infected by the powerful weapon, Aether. Thor reluctantly aligns with his villainous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to save Jane and put a stop to the Elves.
Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgård return as Jane’s colleagues Darcy and Erik, while Jaimie Alexander and Rene Russo reappear as Sif and Frigga, Thor’s mother, respectively. Comedy made the first Thor entertaining, as is the case in Dark World as well—particularly from Dennings and Hiddleston. The back-and-forth between Asgard and earth is again a little cluttered, but the cast, action sequences and witty dialogue manage to make the film a fun, entertaining ride for fans. For viewers looking for a return to the less gritty and more adventurous superhero movies, Thor: the Dark World is one to watch.