Christopher Eccleston On Malekith's Motives And More Filming In THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Describing his first day of filming, Christopher Eccleston talks about the motives and backstory of his dark elf general Malekith the Accursed, what it was like filming in costume and more. Check it out!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 8/23/2013
Recalling his first day of filming for Thor: The Dark World as the Dark Elves leader, Malekith the Accursed, Christopher Eccleston says, “It was when the Ark crashes into Asgard. I come off the ship, blow up the throne and then stride through to have my confrontation with Odin,” he says. “Pretty good first day, destroying Asgard. That’s what it says in Malekith The Accursed’s diary: ‘Tuesday. Destroyed Asgard,” he says. According to Empire magazine, it "took six hours of make-up and 45 minutes in wardrobe" for Eccleston to get into character as the villain. Describing acting in the prosthetics and costume as “like washing your feet with your socks on,” Christopher Eccleston explains that he most enjoyed bringing alive a “magnificent design,” sharing scenes with Anthony Hopkins and working Alan Taylor, who he praises as “a magician with performance and with actors…For a film which is so beholden to the technicalities, that’s a magical thing to bring.” As for Malekith's motive in the Marvel sequel, Eccleston says, “There is a kind of tragic quality to his quest. Because he’s lost his wife, he’s lost his children. He’s lost everything. And he returns for revenge. And the agent for his revenge is the Aether. If he gets hold of that, he is omnipotent.” Even Empire wasn't informed of the nature of this Aether, but according to ancient & medieval science (per Wikipedia), it's the material that “fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere.” Hmmm

While set photos & videos offered a glimpse of Thor and Malekith duking it out at Greenwhich in London last year, it seems their battle in Thor: The Dark World will carry over to London’s famous skyscraper 30 St Mary Axe - “you know, sliding up and down The Gherkin, being flown here and there, scrabbling in mid-air, trying to get to each other’s throats,” says Eccleston. Furthermore, it's revealed that Malekith's race, the Dark Elves, were banished by Odin’s father 5,000 years earlier and "confined to a vast vessel known as the Ark." Director Alan Taylor describes them as “otherworldly and creepy, but also kind of beautiful - not just monsters…and not orcs!”



Marvel Studios’ “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo & Anthony Hopkins as Odin, “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery” #83 in August, 1962. “Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios.
Source: Empire
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92Marvel - 8/23/2013, 11:23 AM
Sounds great!
WhiteBolt - 8/23/2013, 11:27 AM
The Doctor!
ezio619 - 8/23/2013, 11:30 AM
i hope he is a great villian
3DWitchHunt - 8/23/2013, 11:37 AM
Hope he's great
Marvel needs another awesome villain that isnt named Loki
Mike89 - 8/23/2013, 11:39 AM
Cant wait for this movie. I hope he becomes a great villain. Thats one thing Marvel seem to lack.
MrCBM56 - 8/23/2013, 11:52 AM
I'm glad he finally speaks on his role. Sounds epic as hell.
malekithdude - 8/23/2013, 12:02 PM
Quite large spoilers here but I'm not complaining. The more I hear & see of this movie the better it looks and sounds. Malekith really is shaping up to be an epic and formidable villain! He looks fantastic & weirdly I really hope he doesn't die in the end... Wouldn't it be great to actually have returning villains in Marvel?
This sounds amazing! I really like Christopher Eccleston as an actor so to hear how he enjoyed it so much is so encouraging!
ParisSun - 8/23/2013, 12:04 PM
Looks great.
SpiderHyphenMan - 8/23/2013, 12:08 PM
Ahhh Doctor.
McNyagano - 8/23/2013, 12:16 PM
“you know, sliding up and down The Gherkin, being flown here and there, scrabbling in mid-air, trying to get to each other’s throats,”

TheWolverine08 - 8/23/2013, 12:17 PM
wcwpoet - 8/23/2013, 12:23 PM
I know that shot of him is creepy as hell. I can't wait for this to come out.
McNyagano - 8/23/2013, 12:25 PM
Holy S@*t!!!Seems like Thor's battle with Maliketh will be EPIC!! AAAHHHHHH hwvHADVfblfg;WFHJ'W;LGJAHIPG

mdwilliamson24 - 8/23/2013, 12:25 PM
I've been waiting to hear from this guy.
Very cool stuff.
Hopefully he and Thors finale will be worthy of the title of "Epic"
TheWolverine08 - 8/23/2013, 12:27 PM
@McNyagano Stay calm! You can't pass out before all the epicness happens!
supermarioworldE - 8/23/2013, 12:31 PM
I almost forgot Ecceleston was in this. Probably my favorite doctor of the new Who's.
charlie2094 - 8/23/2013, 12:32 PM
Sounds great! Malekith looks scary as hell in that photo, really hoping this film delivers on the villain-y front, and doesn't take away too much Malekith for Loki. Marvels always been a bit "meh" when it's come to villain-y, hoping this and Winter Soldier and Ultron will change that.

Can't wait for this, should be great
McNyagano - 8/23/2013, 12:33 PM
@TheWolverine08

Did you not read what Christopher Eccleston said about his battle with Thor??? "you know, sliding up and down The Gherkin, being flown here and there, scrabbling in mid-air, trying to get to each other’s throats"..



That sounds EPIC!!!! Let's just hope it doesn't turn out to be disaster porn like MOS (yeah Dc fanboys I went there, so come at me).
Gmoney84 - 8/23/2013, 12:35 PM
That design is pretty sick. Nice job, Marvel!
TheWolverine08 - 8/23/2013, 12:40 PM
@McNyagano Lol, disaster porn.
TheFox - 8/23/2013, 12:40 PM
“There is a kind of tragic quality to his quest. Because he’s lost his wife, he’s lost his children. He’s lost everything. And he returns for revenge."

THANK YOU!!!!! Now I finally give a shit about this guy! I understand what he's lost, what he's after, and why I should care about his actions.

If EITHER of the trailers had included even a HINT of these motivations, I may have gotten interested in this film a while ago!

Z
aztecRaingod - 8/23/2013, 12:41 PM
This dude is kind of letting a lot slip. Does he know he works for Marvel?
McNyagano - 8/23/2013, 12:42 PM
@TheWolverine08

This was what Metropolis looked like after Supes was done with Zod -_-

TheWolverine08 - 8/23/2013, 12:46 PM
@McNyagano Supes is rookie, you can't blame him for completely f%cking up his city on the first day of the job. Lol.
McNyagano - 8/23/2013, 12:48 PM
@TheWolverine08

The Avengers were more or less a rookie team but they didn't [frick] up New York :)
TheWolverine08 - 8/23/2013, 12:50 PM
@McNyagano Lol, true. Supes needs to work on containing that collateral damage. He can't level entire cities all the time. LMAO!
RichardBoldly - 8/23/2013, 12:52 PM
@McNyagano


McNyagano - 8/23/2013, 12:57 PM
@RichardBoldly

McNyagano - 8/23/2013, 12:58 PM
@TheWolverine08

Come on but still Supes is a beacon of hope not a beacon of death and genocide lol xD

Anyways, are you hyped up for Thor: The Dark World??
3DWitchHunt - 8/23/2013, 1:02 PM
I hope Thor is [frick]ing awesome
Severely disappointed in Phase 2's cringey, comedic start and Thor is one of the least interesting MCU characters.
Im holding out hope that Marvel can bring something great to the table and not more "ehh" like the last Thor
TheWolverine08 - 8/23/2013, 1:03 PM
@3DWitchHunt Thor is one of the MCU's best characters. Dude is a bona fide badass!
TheWolverine08 - 8/23/2013, 1:04 PM
@McNyagano Dude, I am HYPED for Thor: The Dark World. It has a great chance at best CBM of 2013 IMO.
3DWitchHunt - 8/23/2013, 1:06 PM
TheWolverine08
Not for me
He was really bland and uninteresting in the first film
Nothing stood out

He got upstaged by Loki, who is an awesome villain and the most memorable thing to come out of Thor
McNyagano - 8/23/2013, 1:11 PM

@TheWolverine08

After how good IM3 was, I'm too hyped for this movie. Can't wait. Phase two is gonna be awesome, Maliketh looks awesome, Thor looks badass,Loki, the tone, action, the nine relms are all going to be in this movie,the scope, everything AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

RichardBoldly - 8/23/2013, 1:14 PM
@3DWitchHunt

In which film did Loki was "an awesome villain", exactly?

In the fisrt Thor?

What a joke.....

He was just OK, at the very least.
NicolasCage1 - 8/23/2013, 1:15 PM
You know I would have more faith on MOS sequel if Ben Affleck was directing and Zack Snyder was playing Batman
McNyagano - 8/23/2013, 1:19 PM
@NicolasCage1

Ben Affleck directing??? YES let it happen But Snyder as Batman??? No [frick]ing way, not in a million years.
TheWolverine08 - 8/23/2013, 1:19 PM
@RichardBoldly No, just no.
3DWitchHunt - 8/23/2013, 1:20 PM
RichardBoldly
Yes, in Thor
Especially after 2 uninspired Iron Man villains, Loki stood out above the rest

He got even better in The Avengers
McNyagano - 8/23/2013, 1:23 PM
@RichardBoldly

Go away thank you.

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