Countdown to ‘Endgame’: Our Favorite Moments from ‘Thor: The Dark World’

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We are only a few short weeks away from the premiere of Avengers: Endgame. And as the release date approaches and we reach the end of this journey, we want to look back on everything that brought us here. The heroes we watched struggle, grow, and save humanity over the last ten years and our favorite moments of their stories. We will be going through each phase in order, covering every movie leading up to April 26.

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Released in 2013, Thor: The Dark World was the second installment of the Thor trilogy and brought back the god of thunder (now also one of Earth’s mightiest heroes), his brother Loki, and other favorites as they faced off against the Dark Elves.

Here are some of our favorite moments from The Dark World:

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I know this film has the reputation of being one of the worst movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I actually do not dislike it at all. While there are some questionable storytelling choices (and plot choices), I love this film for a couple of reasons. One, Christopher Eccleston does a brilliant job portraying the villain in this film. I love his poise and subtle acting choices. Adding to that, in my opinion this film does a great job in showing the character development of Loki. After the events of the first Thor film and the battle of New York, this film shows a broken, defeated man who has to deal not only with the fact that he was adopted (or in his interpretation, more or less taken hostage) into a family that—in his opinion—favors their other son, but also with the death of his mother. Moreover, this movie gives Loki room and time to grow when he collaborates with (and then betrays) his brother. Tom Hiddleston does an incredible job showing these different facets of Loki, which becomes especially evident in the scene where Thor confronts him after Frigga’s death and asks him to take down the “illusions”, revealing a thrashed cell and a broken man.

Albeit the title “Dark World”, this film also does not miss the numerous elements, mainly portrayed by Darcy and her “assistant”, but also with Thor himself. This film clearly is a transitional one, but it offers great insight into some of the characters and lays the foundation for their future paths. – Conny

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Confession time: Tom Hiddleston as Loki is the main reason why I enjoy the Thor films. His facial expressions and—at times—dry humor, keep me coming back. In the Dark World, we get to see more character development in Loki, from dealing with being adopted, the ramifications of his actions, and the death of his mother. He thinks his family favors Thor, and those feelings grow since his mother died protecting Dr. Foster, someone important to his brother. It leads us to believe that Loki is on a redemption arc, especially since he sacrifices himself. But in true Loki fashion, it is an illusion that is revealed after Thor leaves from telling his father about Loki’s sacrifice and turning down the throne, only to show that it was Loki posing as Odin. Can Loki get his movie? – Sarah

Stay tuned as we look back on all our favorite moments from the Marvel Universe as we anticipate what lies ahead for our heroes in Avengers: Endgame.

Be sure check out the rest of this series!

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By Kayla
Kayla has been with Nerds and Beyond since 2016 when she decided to combine her love of fandoms and writing. She enjoys all things Marvel, gaming, reading, traveling, going to conventions and concerts. When not writing, she can usually be found in front of the TV enjoying her favorite shows and trying to make a dent in her every growing 'to watch list', behind a camera lens, or on Twitter yelling about her love for Bucky Barnes.
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