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November 8, 2013

'Thor: The Dark World' a setback for Marvel Studios


No. “Thor: The Dark World” amounts to so little, even Marvel die-hards could skip it altogether if it wasn’t for the last scene — the only truly surprising moment in the entire movie. At a time when Marvel Studios should be building on their previous successes and embarking on more challenging, complex narratives, “Thor: The Dark World” takes three steps back. The movie looks wonderful — the 3-D effects are remarkable — and Idris Elba remains strangely commanding as Heimdall, the gatekeeper of the Rainbow Bridge leading to Asgard. But the fact that the most interesting character in the entire film (Loki) plays a supporting role is proof there is trouble afoot.

“Thor: The Dark World” tries hard to give you something different than the first film. But all the movie accomplishes is to remind you how well the previous picture worked. This is a lot of state-of-the-art sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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