Christopher Eccleston Is New Thor: The Dark World Villain

As reported in an earlier article, Mads Mikkelsen, Marvel’s first choice for the villain of Thor 2, has dropped out of the project to focus on the upcoming Hannibal TV series. Onward then, to the second most evil-looking actor (Alan Rickman and Jack Nicholson notwithstanding), the mantle falling to Englishman Christopher Eccleston, most famous for his role as the 9th incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who.

Eccleston will be playing the character of Malekith The Accursed (with a name like that, you can’t help but trust the guy), a dark magic caster. With the reveal at Comic-Con that the sequel’s full title will be Thor: The Dark World, and the fact that Malekith is also known as ruler of the ‘Dark Elves’, it seems that further plot details are being revealed to fans, drip by tantalising drip.

But is Eccleston a good choice? While he may be a relative newcomer to the big screen, he has had recent experience in villainy, namely with 2009′s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Likewise, it was his bouts of shell-shocked anger in Doctor Who that managed to introduce a newer, grittier dimension to the show. It also can’t hurt that he’s played Hamlet in the past, and that, as you can see, he’s certainly capable of looking like an irritated, dark-elf-wizard-man.

Thor: The Dark World will fly hammer-first in to our screens late next year, following Iron Man 3 in May to start the new barrage of Marvel superhero spectaculars. No rest for the wicked.

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Josh is an English student currently studying English Literature with Creative Writing at University in the UK. When he's not wasting time acquiring the grappling beam in Super Metroid, you'll find him being far more productive - listening to Black Sabbath and reading comics. He hopes his work at The Silver Tongue will help him get his writing out to the public and professional world, heaven forbid.