Thor: The Dark World
2013
**½
Director: Alan Taylor
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo

When Jane Foster is possessed by Aether, an ancient weapon that turns matter to dark matter, Thor brings her to Asgard, which is subsequently attacked by Malekith and his army of dark elves who need the very same Aether. The first Thor was an uneven superhero movie whose best scenes were all set on Earth. Sadly the sequel spends hardly any time there. The story picks up from The Avengers, with Loki now in custody. The events that unfold are important for the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe story arc, but as a standalone piece this is murky and unremarkable. A forgettable villain doesn’t help matters. The hero returns in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Thor: Ragnarok.