Just to recap, this is where we left off:
- With Odin lured out into the far reaches of the Nine Realms in search for vengeance, Asgard is in a state of pandemonium.
- Malekith and the Dark Elves have been wreaking havoc from the shadows, taking Heimdall and the Warriors Three out of commission as they launch a series of coordinated attacks on the city.
- With the Aether continuing to break down Jane in both mind and body and his kingdom in chaos, Thor, the reluctant king in Odin’s absense, is at his wit’s end.
- To make matters worse, he finds Loki waiting for him, perched atop his throne. Once again, the sons of Odin lock horns in a battle to the death.
1. Blood for Blood
As Thor and Loki try to tear each other limb from limb, Odin roams Svartleheim, scouring the ruined planet with his army in search for Malekith. They are ambushed by the Dark Elves and a huge battle begins. The Dark Elves seem to seep out of the woodwork, swarming the Asgardians from all sides. This is the first time we really get to see Odin cut loose as he incinerates swathes of Dark Elves in a berserker rage.
We cut back to Odin’s sons, who mirror their father’s fury as they brawl wildly through the palace, fighting more like demons than gods. The guards try to help but an enraged Thor orders them to back down. He starts to gain the advantage, forcing Loki to back pedal from chamber to chamber.
As this happens, we see Jane in the infirmary. She watches as the Warriors Three and Heimdall in their healing chambers and we see the rage and guilt etched on her face. She blames herself for what is happening.
Her hallucinations intensify and she sees Malekith taunting her once again. This hallucination invites Jane to find him and try to stop him if she dares. This is the last straw. With the guards pre-occupied, she slips out of the palace. As she leaves, the hallucination disappears with a familiar flash of light -the same light created by Loki’s illusions.
Loki retreats to a familiar chamber – a chamber filled with Asgard’s deadliest artefacts. Thor finally has Loki cornered but stops short of killing him. They have a quiet conversation where they share their grief for Frigga’s death and even show a spark of their former camaraderie.
To Thor’s surprise, Loki agrees to help Thor find and kill Malekith. Thor is understandably skeptical but Loki claims that he knows a way to both find Malekith and extract the Aether from Jane.
Loki explains how the Dark Elves were born from the Aether. They are its children and as such, they are drawn to each other. The Aether is the Father of the Dark Elves and it will always seek out its children. But the Aether has a brother as well.
Another ancient power born from the same infinite source.
Loki turns to face a glowing cube at the far end of the chamber and smiles.
We cut to Jane as she walks from the palace. Several guards try to stop her but she bats them aside like nothing. Jane is stopped by Sif and we see that the Aether has begun to corrupt Jane. She warns Sif to get out of her way as she is going to find and kill Malekith herself. After the shield maiden refuses, they have a short but furious battle which Jane wins. She fully embraces the power she holds and the Aether takes the form of terrible black wings sprouting from Jane’s shoulders.
She takes flight, soaring above the rooftops of Asgard with astonishing speed.
2. The Black Swan
Back in the chamber, Thor refuses Loki’s plan. The God of Mischief just laughs. Whether Thor likes it or not, the plan is already in motion. Just then, an injured Sif bursts into the chamber and tells them that Jane has escaped and is going after Malekith. This is a development which doesn’t seem to surprise Loki in the slightest. A furious Thor grabs Loki by the throat and demands he tell them what he has done.
Loki simply shrugs and explains that Jane was inevitably going to come to Malekith any way. Such is the way of the Aether. He just gave her a little nudge in the right direction. The plan is simple. The Aether finds Malekith. Then Loki uses the Tersseract to find the Aether.
Now Thor has two choices. He can let Jane go after Malekith herself and most likely get herself killed along with all of Asgard.
Or he can accept Loki’s help and save the Nine Realms.
Your move, Odinson.
We see Malekith sitting peacefully on a mountain top overlooking Asgard. Kurse is at his side and Malekith confides in Kurse and shares a story about his father and how he would force Malekith to train to the point of near death. He muses that his father was a cruel man and wonders how he managed to end up just like him. Perhaps all gods and men alike are doomed to become their fathers. With his transformation rendering him unable to speak, Kurse can offer Malekith no assurance.
The moment of peace is shattered as Jane lands behind them. She has now fully given herself to the Aether, to Malekith’s delight. The Dark Elf is completely calm and wonders what took her so long. He tries to sway her to his side but she attacks him with an inhuman fury.
Meanwhile, we see Thor and Loki piloting an Asgardian ship, with Loki using the Tesseract to guide them towards the Aether. They bicker as the Tesseract lights their path, taking them towards the mountain.
With the power of the Aether, Jane has the clear advantage despite the Dark Elves’ overwhelming numbers. Jane wipes out all of Malekith’s troops in brutal fashion but Kurse is able to hold her off. Her body gives out under the strain of using the Aether and she collapses, coughing up blood and shuddering violently. Malekith gloats but before he can deliver the killing blow, Thor and Loki land and leap into action.
The brothers move like a well oiled machine, knocking Malekith down the mountain side with a combined blast from Thor’s hammer and Loki’s staff. With Malekith out of the way, they throw everything they’ve got at Kurse. Despite the monster’s immense strength, Thor and Loki prove too much for him and they kill the monster, sending his body tumbling down the mountain to land at the feet of a horrified Malekith. The Dark Elf prince screams in anguish as the closest thing he had left to a father dies in front of him.
With Jane on the brink of death, Thor urges Loki to extract the Aether immediately. Loki fetches the Tesseract. Note that the only reason it hasn’t incinerated Loki is because of this nifty container.
Using the Tesseract, Loki draws the Aether out of Jane and Thor strikes it with a torrent of lightning. The Aether is seemingly destroyed, turned to ashes by Thor’s blast. If only it were so easy.
Malekith claws his way up the mountain. The attacks of Thor and Loki have horribly disfigured him even further, warping his face so that he resembles some sort of monster. The Aether springs to life and surrounds him, wrapping itself around his body like a cloak of shadows.
The Aether has finally found its true master. With his birthright in his grasp, Malekith is finally complete.
Thor lunges at Malekith but his attacks are shrugged off with ease and he is thrown around like a rag doll. Loki sees that they’re outmatched and he takes Jane and the Tesseract onto the ship. They fly off as Thor tries to hold back Malekith.
Despite his valient efforts, the God of Thunder is overwhelmed and Malekith chases after Jane and Loki, engulfing Asgard in a tidal wave of darkness as he does. Loki sends Jane and the ship through one of his secret passage ways but he is dragged out of the ship by Malekith before he can make it through. Loki is smothered by the shadows along with the rest of Asgard as Malekith can do nothing but laugh.
3. Home Sweet Home
Jane manages to escape by the skin of her teeth with the Tesseract and crash lands on Earth – in New Mexico. We’re bringing her back to her old stomping grounds for a reason. After losing sight of herself in London and Asgard, Jane returns home to pick herself back up and remind herself of who she is and where her talents lie.
She is barely alive after having the Aether extracted and she passes out in the desert. However, when she wakes up, she finds herself being nursed back to health at the home of an old friend – Erik Selvig. We find out that Selvig returned home after the Battle of New York and luckily, he found Jane after his sensors picked up the portal opening on the outskirts of the town. The old scientist seems to have gone fairly loopy and provides some comic relief after all of the heavy doom and gloom of the past few sequences. He has been studying the convergence as well and emphasises that the full alignment is in only three days.
Jane is completely at a loss. Once again, she has no power. Once again, she’s utterly useless and has no control over what is happening. Her fate is out of her hands. Just as all hope seems lost, she gets a call from Darcy which gives her an idea. She tells Darcy to fly to New Mexico immediately and bring as much of Jane’s equipment as she can. She then tells Selvig to get ready.
They’re going to save the universe.
4. Lord of Shadows
We return to Asgard. It’s eerily quiet and there seems to be liquid, pulsating shadows covering every surface. In the streets, Asgardians have been frozen in place like statues by tendrils of shadow and forced to look up at the sky.
Malekith sits atop Odin’s throne and taunts a captive Thor.
He has Thor, Loki, Heimdall and the Warriors Three all strung up from the ceiling, dangling helplessly for his amusement. He begins to torture them with the Aether, laughing as he does. Once he’s had his fun, he lets Heimdall down and orders him to activate the Bifrost and bring the Dark Elves back to Asgard. A battered and broken Heimdall just laughs. He reveals that he can see Svartleheim now. There are no Dark Elves there any more.
We cut to Svartleheim and find out that the Dark Elves’ ambush has failed as Odin cuts down the last of the elves. We see the battlefield littered with Dark Elf bodies as Odin and the Asgardians stand battered and bruised but victorious. Odin calls for Heimdall but receives no response.
Malekith refuses to believe it but as Heimdall continues to laugh, he realises that the gatekeeper is not lying. Heimdall taunts Malekith with the knowledge that he is now the last remaining Dark Elf. He is alone. Enraged, Malekith strings up Heimdall once again and begins to torture all of Asgard at the same time. Malekith promises that each of them will witness the destruction of their universe just as Malekith’s people did.
At his side, two figures form out of the darkness, taking the form of Malekith’s father and mother. They put their hands on Malekith’s shoulders and smile as the screams of the gods fill the city.
On Earth, Jane, Selvig and Darcy are fast at work building a machine similar to the one Selvig built in the Avengers. They fit the Tesseract into the machine and after some parting words, they wish Jane luck as she fires it up. The Tesseract activates and Jane disappears along with the machine.
We return to Asgard where Thor and Loki reminisce about their childhood. Thor jokingly questions what their father would think if he could see them now. Loki takes offence and corrects Thor that Odin is not his father. He urges Thor to step out of Odin’s shadow just like Loki did as he knows that deep down, Thor does not even want to be king. He can’t let Odin dictate his destiny.
Before they can get too cosy, the chamber wall explodes and a metal behemoth steps through the hole.
The rebuilt Destroyer armour bursts into the room. We see the face plate peel back to reveal Sif, who explains that she retreated into Odin’s treasure room to retrieve the armor once Malekith took Asgard. She frees them from their bonds and they all break out of the palace.
They find Malekith outside, staring at the sky as the portals align.
The Convergence is upon them.
4. The Convergence
Malekith begins to spread the Aether throughout the Nine Realms, slowly corrupting and destroying each world. Thor, Loki, Sif, Heimdall and the Warriors Three throw everything they’ve got at the last Dark Elf. Malekith weathers their assault and defeats them one by one. The only ones left standing are Thor and Loki.
Malekith taunts them and tells them to accept their fate. Both brothers refuse. Malekith offers them his begrudging respect before moving in for the kill.
He is intercepted by a flash of light as two figures appear before him. One of them is Jane Foster with the Tesseract at her side.
Malekith is utterly stunned. Odin joins his sons and shares a few words with both of them. Though Loki remains hostile, they put aside their differences for the moment as they face down Malekith. They let out their battle cries and charge at Malekith as one.
They take the fight to Malekith in an epic battle across Asgard and the Nine Realms, battling from realm to realm through the different portals. They eventually end up back in New Mexico and seem to have the advantage on Malekith until he knocks Odin through a portal back to Asgard. The portal closes, cutting Odin off from the battle
Without Odin, Loki and Thor find themselves outmatched until Loki sacrifices himself, seriously injuring Malekith in the process. Malekith impales Loki with the Aether but this gives Thor the opening he needs.
The God of Thunder roars as he channels his very soul into his hammer, unleashing a bolt of pure life energy that engulfs Malekith. Even the Aether is unable to hold back the Godblast and Dark Elf prince screams in agony as half of his body is incinerated.
In his last moments, Malekith closes his eyes and finally accepts his fate as he joins his father and mother in death. The Aether leaves him and an exhausted Thor crawls over to Loki. The brothers finally reconcile before Loki seemingly dies and Thor passes out from the exertion just as Jane arrives with the Tesseract.
5. Long Live the King
Thor wakes up on Asgard to find Jane caring for him. They are joined by Sif and the Warriors Three and they celebrate their victory before Thor goes to meet Odin. Thor declines Odin’s offer to take the throne as he believes that he can do more good for the universe as a hero rather than a king. He leaves with Jane to return to Earth.
However, as Thor leaves, the illusion fades, revealing Odin to be Loki in disguise as we cut to the credits.
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