Will audiences ever be able to look at elves the same way again after watching Thor: The Dark World? Not if Marvel Studios has anything to say about it. The race formerly relegated to Keebler factories and hunky Orlando Bloom types has been upgraded (or downgraded, depending on your preferences) to the bad guys of the superhero sequel, which has already cast Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accused. Now, another pointy-eared fellow has been announced as the film's second antagonist, and his name… is Kurse.
Well, actually his name is Algrim the Strong. He only became Kurse after he was betrayed by Malekith, fell into a lava pit, got amnesia and was given twice the strength of Thor by the godlike Beyonder. (Comics are weird sometimes.) He'll join the ranks of Malekith and Loki (still played by Tom Hiddleston) in Thor: The Dark World, and according to Variety he will be played by former "Lost" co-star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who played the short-lived Mr. Eko in the hit ABC series.
We're happy that Marvel seems committed to keeping Thor's solo films firmly rooted in the mythological aspects of the character, carving the hero a distinct niche within the movie continuity and giving elves a chance to kick some series ass outside of the Lord of the Rings saga. Now if we can just get him to fight the Midgard Serpent we'll be in for one hel of a show.
CraveOnline will be back with more Thor: The Dark World news after we finish these delicious E.L. Fudges.