Thor and his comrades have been fighting to restore peace to the Nine Realms after the Bifrost was destroyed two years earlier. While it has been rebuilt, the lack of the Asgardian leaders has been felt throughout the Nine Realms. Loki is being imprisoned for his war crimes as they try to bring peace again.
In London, Dr. Jane Foster and Darcy Lewis travel to the location of new portals that have appeared. These strange phenomena have been disrupting the laws of physics around them. While studying one of the portals, Jane is transported to another world where a strange power is absorbed by her. The Aether.
Heimdall alerts Thor when Jane disappears from his all-seeing view which causes Thor to travel back to Earth in search of her. When he arrives, she is in trouble, releasing a force unlike any seen on Earth. As he takes her back to Asgard the truth about what she has uncovered is revealed…as are the dire consequences of the Aether being unleashed in the world.
-Creator: created by MARVEL Cinematic Studios, based on characters by Stan Lee
-Length: 112 minutes
-Rating: PG-13 (mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild frightening and intense scenes)
-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library
-Main Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Christoperh Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo
-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book
Review (contains spoilers):
Hmmm…personally I find this to be one of the more mediocre films in the series. And honestly, I think that is why they went in a very different direction for Thor: Ragnarök.
While the storyline in this movie is essential to the continuation of the infinity stones (as we see much later with Thanos and the end of Phase 3 of the MCU), it doesn’t feel like it fits in amongst the other Thor movies as seamlessly as other parts of the films do. If you watch all of Iron Man separately, they have a flow to them and can be watched independently of the greater MCU. This isn’t the case for Thor: the Dark World in my opinion.
And although there are parts of the movie that I do really love. Getting to see more of Asgard is lovely. Everything that Loki goes through during the course of the film in really well done. The costumes are beautiful.
But if it wasn’t for the whole idea of the Aether and the fact that it eventually becomes the Reality Stone for the Infinity Stones I would honestly skip this movie when rewatching the series. Its fine. Its just doesn’t feel as important (and kind of drags) in comparison to other movies in the greater universe.
Though Darcy is still a gem…and any chance to get to see her more is perfection.