Great Odin’s raven! The next sequel in the Marvel universe, Thor: The Dark World, has been busy casting new and old faces for it’s next phase. While one villain has already been announced, Malekith the Accursed played by Christopher Eccleston, it seems that Thor’s going to have to battle more than one bad guy. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has just been placed in the role of Algrim the Strong, a dark elf who works with his elf friend Malekith. According to Variety, “In the comic books, Algrim the Strong was the most powerful of a race of Dark Elves, who is coerced by Malekith to fight Thor. After he’s betrayed by Malekith and injured during a battle, Algrim is healed and transformed into a much more powerful being called Kurse, who is twice as a strong as Thor.” That certainly doesn’t sound good for our hammer-wielding hero.
The man who might beat the crap out of Thor is someone you probably recognize even if you can’t pronounce his name. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has been in several different movies including Ace Venture: When Nature Calls, The Mummy Returns, The Bourne Identity, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and the 2011 re-make of The Thing. He’s also been in some beloved television shows Oz (as Simon Adebisi) and Lost (as Mr. Eko). I think that list of credits makes it clear that he will be an awesome villain. It will be interesting to see someone who is supposed to be stronger than the Thunder God (besides that dude who is big, green, and very angry). While plot details are a little thin on the ground (besides what the comic book nerds can tell us), I hope that Algrim/Kurse will put up an awesome fight.
While casting another villain is big news, it’s also good to have some comedy in between all those big fight scenes. Enter in Kat Dennings who played the wise-cracking assistant to Jane Foster, Darcy. Deadline reported the news along with the hint that she will have “a more extended role”. I’m not really sure what that could mean, considering the cast is already filling up with big names that will take up screen time. But considering the success Dennings has had on the sitcom 2 Broke Girls, it’s good that she’ll be included in the line-up. We can always use more jokes about Facebook photos of Thor stuffing his face and being a hot crazy homeless person. Kat Dennings joins the rest of the returning members of Thor: Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Zachary Levi (Fandral), Stellan Skarsgård (Erik Selvig), Jaimie Alexander (Sif), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), Christopher Eccleston (Malekith), and Rene Russo (Frigga) for the movie to be released November 8, 2013.
What do you guys think about our new villain Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and our returning comic relief Kat Dennings? Are you excited to see them in Thor: The Dark World?