Thor’s Dark World is more than cross-dimensional chaos

 

Thor and his allies have all but brought peace to the Nine Realms, but the God of Thunder still yearns for Jane Foster. As a Convergence of the realms approaches, Foster, discovering its Earthly manifestation, is infused with the entropic power of the Aether, one of the Infinity Stones. This cross-dimensional chaos awakens Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), a malevolent Dark Elf thought destroyed by Thor’s grandfather and whose desire for revenge knows no bounds. Loki, imprisoned for his role in the Battle of New York, is freed by Thor to help him escape a locked-down Asgard for the Dark World using the Aether-infused Foster as bait. Director Alan Taylor, a veteran of television, reaches for the cosmic end of the spectrum with this multidimensional narrative.

Film still from Thor: The Dark World 2013
Film still from Thor: The Dark World 2013 / © 2017 MARVEL

During the exhibition ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, the Gallery of Modern Art’s Australian Cinémathèque screens all the films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including Thor: The Dark World 2013. This is a great opportunity to see the films then the never-before-seen set pieces which have inspired the exhibition.

‘There’s nothing more reassuring than realising the world is crazier than you are.’

Dr Erik Selvig

Installation view of the majestic Asgardian throne room from the upcoming Marvel film Thor: Ragnarok 2017, 'Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe', GOMA 2017
Installation view of the majestic Asgardian throne room from the upcoming Marvel film Thor: Ragnarok 2017, ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA

DELVE DEEPER INTO THOR AND THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

Go behind the scenes to experience more than 500 unique objects from your favourite films. See Thor’s hammer, set costumes and set pieces from the highly anticipated Thor: Ragnarok 2017. View iconic objects which offer a glimpse into the work of production designers, storyboarding and pre‑visualisation artists, costume and prop designers, and visual effects artists alongside the original comic books which introduced the characters and influenced the films.

TICKETS: CINEMAEXHIBITION | UP LATE / BUY THE PUBLICATION

Purchase tickets for ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe‘ in advance online or at the GOMA exhibition ticket desk during the exhibition period. Tickets available onsite between 10.00am and 4.00pm daily, and until 8.00pm Wednesday. ‘Marvel’ film screenings and ‘Marvel’ Up Late are separate ticketed events.

Film notes by Dan Cameron
Feature image: Installation view of the ‘Asgard: Protector of the Nine Realms’ room and costumes from the upcoming Marvel film Thor: Ragnarok 2017, ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA

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