During the speculation of who will be the villains of Thor: The Dark World classic names such as Malekith, Sutur and Ulik The Rock Troll. Dark elves Malekith and Kurse/Algrim being the confirmed villains of the film, it had been originally assumed they would be it. Recent rumors point that the all the realms will be explored including the addition of Surtur and Hela. However, the title The Dark World seemingly gives the impression could feature more villainous creatures from other realms.
Over the summer/fall set photos of the film had been rolling out with images of Thor, Sif and Fandral fighting a group of marauders and creatures. Everyone had assumed these were dark elves. However, with the new look at Malekith’s (Eccelson) face we have an idea of what the elves will look like. They look slightly more human than the creatures from set photos along with different costumes. So who are these creatures, Surtur’s army, rock trolls or possibly the undead?
My belief is that they may end up being apart of Surtur’s army. A report from a Russian site stated that all nine realms were going to be used in Dark World. Disney apparently showed a bunch of concept artwork for the film at Cinema Expo 2012. They had the eternal flame (a relic of Surtur’s) in Odin’s Vault which could be the next cosmic object of interest. ScreenRant also picked up on a casting-call that had Marvel looking for extras to fill the roles of “men of fire”. The creatures look sort of orc-ish so it’s not hard to imagine that this is Surtur’s army that invades Asgard. Seeing an invasion on three fronts Asgard (Surtur), Midgard (Malekith) and Valhalla (Hela).
Another possibility could be villainess Hela. Actress Alison Krige best known as Star Trek’s Borg Queen had confirmed an unnamed role in the sequel. Many had assumed it would be the dark elf Queen but another option could be Hela. The villain wants to rule more than just the realm of Hel and invades Valhalla the realm of fallen heroes. She’s originally the daughter of Loki but she might be changed to mother to fit the films better. If you look closely at Hela’s army from recent comics they sort of look like the group of baddies facing off with Thor. There had been rumors that Fandral will be killed off and this aspect would give reason for the group to travel to Valhalla to perhaps bring him back. During this resurrection rescue Hela could be pushing for a full scale invasion of the realm.
Another tweet from Mr. Wardell reveals that the dark elves might have an ally in Surtur. As the fire demon could be involved in Thor: The Dark World. It’s the first time I’ve heard this type of talk but Surtur’s eternal flame is seen sitting among the other relics in Odin’s vault. This leads me to believe this rumor and should help Thor fans expect a bigger epic the second time around.
Variety has announced that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Oz, Lost, Bourne Identity) has finally landed a Marvel role as he’s joined the cast of Thor: The Dark World. Adewale will play dark elf Algrim The Strong better known as Kurse. The character works with and wants to kill Malekith The Accursed, the villain of the film played by Christopher Eccleston. It’s a solid sounding confirmation that the dark elves will likely be the only villains of the sequel with Loki on the sidelines. Previously, Adewale had been campaigning for the role of Black Panther.
South African actress Alice Krige (Chariots of Fire) best known for her performance as the Borg Queen in the Star Trek franchise has revealed during a Trek panel (via CBM) that she’ll have a small part in Thor: The Dark World. The role is unknown but speculation has moved towards Alflyse the queen of the dark elves. My personal belief is that she could be making an appearance/cameo as Hela. It would be interesting to see Marvel introduce Hela as the real mother of Loki and explore that dynamic.