Doctor Who Joins the Cast of Thor: The Dark World

Christopher Eccleston joins the cast of the superhero sequel as an unexpected villain.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


When you think of Thor villains, who do you think of? Loki, certainly. The Enchantress, The Executioner? Maybe. The Absorbing Man? He's up there. The Grey Gargoyle? You're reaching now. Come to think of it, you'd probably have to go way, way, way down the list to reach Malekith the Accursed, so it's kind of surprising that the Marvel Studios has chosen him to be at least one of the villains in the sequel to the hero's 2011 blockbuster, Thor: The Dark World.

If that's not geeky enough for you, then you're in luck: Deadline reports Malekith will be played by none other than former "Doctor Who" star Christopher Eccleston, who previously played big screen bad guys in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Gone in Sixty Seconds. It's unclear whether this is the same role that Casino Royale star Mads Mikkelsen vacated last month, but given the actors' similar age and physicality, it sounds like a decent hypothesis.

If you are unfamiliar with Malekith the Accursed, that's okay, we had to look him up too. He's the ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, and has a history of using the mystic artifact called "The Casket of Ancient Winters" (guess what that does) and disguising himself as both Loki and Balder to get his nefarious deeds done. 

Cool casting, interesting character, and yet we're still disappointed by the lack of the Grey Gargoyle. We're willing to concede that we're alone on that.

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