Fans of England's "Doctor Who" love them some David Tennant and current doc Matt Smith, but it was Christopher Eccleston who got the ball rolling again when he revived the dormant character, took out his Sonic Screwdriver and got to work.
He's since passed the baton for others to portray the 900-year-old Time Lord scientist, freeing Chris up to enter a world where science and magic are one and the same: Asgard, which Deadline reports Eccleston will enter as villain Malekith The Accursed in Marvel's sequel "Thor: The Dark World."
For the uninitiated, Malekith is ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, first appearing in the early '80s during the Walt Simonson run in the comics. Malekith's main deal was to capture the Casket of Ancient Winters and use it to cover the Earth in an icy force.
So, in essence, he's Mr. Freeze in Legolas drag, with a little Two-Face thrown in for good measure (his face is half-blue, half-black, just in case you forgot he's evil).
Using powers like teleportation, spell casting, and shape shifting, he presents a formidable foe for Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), but we have a feeling it will take more than an Elf to challenge the God of Thunder. Expect more villain announcements forthwith.
Malekith is presumably the same role Mads Mikkelsen had to bow out of last month, but despite being a sci-fi hero on the other side of the pond, in the U.S. Eccleston is perhaps best known as Destro in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," so his bad guy credentials are above reproach.
The Alan Taylor film returns castmembers of 2011's "Thor" including Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba and Rene Russo, and will enter the dark world of movie screens on November 8, 2013.