'Thor' Sequel's New Villain: Who Is Kurse?


by Ryan Rigley

Big news for Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje today as the former "Lost" actor has been cast as one of the major antagonists of the highly anticipated "Thor" sequel. Taking place on the "Dark World" of Svartalfheim, Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be playing the dual role of both Algrim the Strong, the strongest Dark Elf in Svartalfheim, and Kurse, a mystical being fueled by vengeance.

As fans of the "Thor" comic book well know, Kurse's role in "Thor: The Dark World" poses a serious threat to the God of Thunder. After Algrim the Strong is dropped into a pit of magma by Malekith the Accursed (who will be played by Christopher Eccleston in the film), he transforms into a mighty warrior with enchanted armor and twice as much strength as Thor. Click past the jump for more on Kurse!

When Malekith kidnaps an Asgardian woman named Lorelei, Thor travels to Svartalfheim to rescue her. This is where Algrim the Strong comes in, pouncing onto the God of Thunder when he least expects it. As the two battle quite vigorously, Malekith orders that a pitfall beneath them be opened sending both Algrim and Thor to their assured doom.

However, Thor manages to fly out of the magma pit at the last second with the help of his trusty hammer, Mjolnir. Algrim is not so lucky. Saved only by his enchanted armor and his lust for revenge, Algrim is healed by the cosmic entity known as the Beyonder. Intrigued by his vengeful nature, the Beyonder greatly enhances Algrim's strength and armor transforming him into the being known as Kurse.

As Kurse, Algrim has a number of superhuman attributes and mystical abilities. His main thing, however, is strength, being exponentially more powerful than the God of Thunder himself. Kurse can also see through any illusions or disguises that are based in magic as a result of his enchanted armor, which the Beyonder took the liberty of fusing to his body. It now has the ability to heal and grow all on its own. With this "living armor," Kurse is practically indestructible; his only weakness being iron, just like all Dark Elves.

Kurse has been quite a nuisance to Thor in the past. In the comics, he pretty much tears up all of Manhattan just looking for the God of Thunder. Then, when Thor finally shows up wearing his Belt of Strength to even the odds, Kurse is made even more powerful by the Beyonder making the fight one-sided once again.

Now that we know for sure that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be playing both Algrim the Strong and Kurse in "Thor: The Dark World," it seems as though there's only one question remaining: Will the Beyonder be making an appearance in the film as well? Guess we'll just have to wait until next year to find out!

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