'Thor: The Dark World': Who Is Malekith The Accursed?

Malekith the Accursed

by Ryan Rigley

It's official! Thor will be beating up Dark Elves in 2013! The rumors of the "Thor" sequel taking place in Svartalfheim have been widely rumored since the announcement of its subtitle "The Dark World" back at Comic-Con and then again with that strange casting call for weird looking people with face tattoos. With Christopher Eccleston joining the cast as Malekith the Accursed, these rumors have been all but confirmed.

This, of course, comes just weeks after Mads Mikkelsen was forced to bow out of the film due to scheduling conflicts. But we had no idea which Thor villain he'd be playing up until now! Ruler of the Dark Elves, Malekith has come up against Thor on many occasions in the comic books, often times tricking the Thunder God with his advanced magical abilities. Read on to learn all about him.

As a Dark Elf, Malekith possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, and intellect. He is also a master of sorcery which grants him a variety of advanced magical abilities such as teleportation, energy projection, malleability, illusion casting, shape-shifting, and flight by way of transforming into mist. Good luck hammering an intangible foe, Thor!

At one point in the comics, after striking up an alliance with Loki on behalf of Surtur, the fire demon of Muspelheim, Malekith was given a special food of the faerie by Hela, the Asgardian goddess of Death. This magical food gave him control over all of the humans on Earth, or Midgard as referred to by the Asgardians. Malekith then proceeded to murder the Guardian of the Casket of Ancient Winters, Eric Willis, after learning of its whereabouts.

The Casket of Ancient Winters, for those of you who don't remember, is the Asgardian relic utilized by the Frost Giants back in the first "Thor" movie. When opened, it has the ability to reproduce the infinitely icy climate of Niflheim, the realm of death. The Casket also causes whoever wields it to gradually grow younger with time.

Malekith later got a hold of the Casket, after kidnapping an Asgardian woman and forcing Thor to battle Algrim, the strongest Dark Elf in Svartalfheim. The fight ended when Malekith ordered that a pitfall between the two warriors be opened, with the hopes that they would both fall into the magma below them and die. Unfortunately for Malekith, Thor used Mjolnir to fly out of the pit at the last minute.

Thor managed to defeat Malekith the Accursed, but not before he destroyed the Casket of Ancient Winters, unleashing its magical ice storms all over Earth. He was then brought back to Asgard as a captive, managing to escape shortly after by disguising Loki as himself and placing him in the holding cell in his stead. How much of that storyline will we see in the "Thor" sequel? We'll have to wait until November 2013 to find out!

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