Comic book fans constant clamoring for film adaptations to be ‘darker, darker, DARKER’ culminates in directors actually putting ‘dark’ in the title.

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Jane Foster is filled with a malevolent power putting her at the centre of a battle between Thor and a great evil.

A lot of people think we have been overwhelmed with the deluge of comic book adaptations in recent years, particularly those related to Avengers. I personally think the Avengers series has maintained an unlikely and very impressive high standard throughout and this very much continues with Thor: The Dark World.

Chris Hemsworth has improved as the series has gone on and seems much more at home as the eponymous hero. One of the attractions of Thor was revered director Kenneth Branagh bringing serious actors such as Anthony Hopkins and Stellan Skarsgård on board and they bring a touch of class to the sequel as well (particularly the always excellent Hopkins as Odin) despite the absence of Branagh at the helm.

Tom Hiddlestone again has lots of fun as panto villain Loki. Only a subdued Natalie Portman disappoints but that is understandable as she didn’t want to be appear but couldn’t get out of her contract.

Post Avengers the Marvel films really seem to be hitting their stride with Iron Man 3 also impressing. If you liked the other Marvel films you will not be disappointed with Thor: The Dark World.