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.
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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
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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