Christopher Eccleston Talks THOR And HEROES REBORN Return Possibilities

Most famously known as The Ninth Doctor on Doctor Who, actor Christopher Eccleston also starred in Marvel Studios' Thor: The Dark World and had a brief stint on NBC's superhero drama, Heroes.

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By Mark Julian - 7/3/2014
Christopher Eccleston's filmography is filled with a pretty impressive amount sci-fi and superhero assignments.  There's Doctor Who, Heroes, Thor: The Dark WorldG.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra and a host of other projects.  Recently, MTV caught with Eccleston and asked him about possibily returning to the role of Malekith the Accurrsed for another Marvel Studios adventure and/or returning to the role of Claude Rains on NBC's upcoming, Heroes Reborn.  Said The Ninth Doctor on returning to Heroes, "Of course, yeah, I had a great time on the show!  Yeah. I’d always be interested. That was a great character. I love that guy."  However, Eccleston was not as enthusiastic about the possibility of suiting up one more time as the dark elf, Malektih.  "Eh, the makeup was a little, I don’t think I’d like to revisit six hours of makeup every day.  And I think Malekith has served his time. The way of the Marvel films, the Thor films, they have a new villain every time." Yet Eccleston does leave the door open, just a tiny bit. "I do think there was more to be said and done with [Malekith]."

If we're being frank, Malekith was a pretty weak villain, one of the least developed within all of the Marvel films. I actually found Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Algrim/Kurse to be much more interesting as an on-screen foil for Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. Still, given the display of powers by Malekith during the film's climax, it's probably not entirely out of the realm of possibility that someone like Thanos could rebuild/resuscitate Malekith. On the Hereoes Reborn front, Eccleston's character was one of the highlights of the show during a time when the show was at its best. He'd be welcome return to the franchise.

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Pasto - 7/3/2014, 9:44 AM
Thor 3 should have Thor face 'Etrigan the Demon'.
Doopie - 7/3/2014, 9:46 AM
Bird gotta fly, fish gotta swim...and Pasto's gotta be first
Doopie - 7/3/2014, 9:47 AM
Chris is a great actor, it's a shame he wasn't given more to work with in the movie
TheAbaryMan369 - 7/3/2014, 9:47 AM
I thought he was a pretty weak villain, but if they had made the film longer, they could have made him more interesting.
McNyagano - 7/3/2014, 9:47 AM
Wasted villain. He sucked, plain and simple. At least he gave Thor a good fight and made for some interesting action sequences though.
StarYeezus - 7/3/2014, 9:47 AM
@Pasto

You're joking, right?
BatManiac - 7/3/2014, 9:48 AM
"I do think there was more to be said and done with Malekith."

You think?
blackandyellow - 7/3/2014, 9:49 AM
The most uninteresting Marvel villain so far.
StarYeezus - 7/3/2014, 9:49 AM
First Destro. Now this. Ecclestion is severely underused.
SpiderFraud - 7/3/2014, 9:49 AM
I hope they somehow bring this villain back, he needs to be done justice. I cant believe how they didn't even try to make him interesting in Thor 2.
DeusExSponge - 7/3/2014, 9:49 AM
I hope Malekith isn't dead, he needs to come back and be given more screen time and development. Marvel should have left those intern scenes out and increased the run time for The Dark World, so that they could add more scenes for Malekith.
Pasto - 7/3/2014, 9:50 AM
@StarYeezus
MrMartinMarvel - 7/3/2014, 9:51 AM
Really is a damn shame how they handled Malekith, poor guy had so much potential.
Kayo - 7/3/2014, 9:51 AM
would like to see Surtur in Thor 3
dethpillow - 7/3/2014, 9:52 AM
yeah, i read "there was more to be said and done with Malekith" as not him leaving a door open, but definitely more saying the character sucked.

totally the writing on Thor 2 was all messed up.
Doopie - 7/3/2014, 9:53 AM
I think Mickey Rourke was equally uninteresting. Aside from the 'burud' he didn't do much really
LubedUp - 7/3/2014, 9:53 AM
Awful villain, barely spoke, had no screen presence and was weak as hell, Thor Vs Darcy's knockers would of been a more even match.
Nomis - 7/3/2014, 9:53 AM
@MrMartinMarvel - Agreed.
StarYeezus - 7/3/2014, 9:54 AM
Thor: Ragnarok featuring the intern's intern's intern.
dethpillow - 7/3/2014, 9:54 AM
@DeusExSponge - i don't know. they didn't use the time he was given, i don't think just giving more time would've helped. it would've just been even more tedious Malekith doing and saying and meaning nothing good.
batz11 - 7/3/2014, 9:54 AM
I liked him as a villain, though more back-story would have been great...think Marvel cut too much for a shorter run-time, too bad...if anything, the Thor movies should be more like the LOTRs movies...but the mighty dollar probably won't allow that...shorter movies, more run-times per day, kinda sad...
dethpillow - 7/3/2014, 9:55 AM
@StarYeezus - yeah i'm with you. we need a Netflix show called "The Interns".
then we could really see all the dark stuff that got left out becuz of the Disney rating systems.

Phase 2 Netflix, we better get that.
ThePowerCosmic - 7/3/2014, 9:57 AM
I thought Makekith and Kurse were Excellent! I loved Thor TDW.

I went to be entertained and Marvel delivered.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 7/3/2014, 9:57 AM
Malekith was not a weak villain. Underdeveloped yes, but not weak. He has been killed and resurrected in the comics if I'm not mistaken. I hope he comes back. He can be resurrected by Hela as she is the goddess of death.
StarYeezus - 7/3/2014, 9:58 AM
@TheBlackNerd

This is exactly why Jane needs to die in AOU.
MrBlackjack - 7/3/2014, 9:58 AM
Definitely underused, but I still liked him despite his scarce use. He doesn't need to return either. There's much more we could still cover...
batz11 - 7/3/2014, 9:58 AM
Yeah, hope the GotG makes it possible for Thor to be away from Earth completely...plenty of worlds we haven't seen yet...I know there's a 'hot' one I'd specially like to see...
Mrcool210 - 7/3/2014, 9:59 AM
"And I think Malekith has served his time." You got that right buddy, you may be a great actor, but [frick] malekith, one of the worst villains ive seen in a comic book movie. Zero Motivation, good riddance to that character.

DrDoom - 7/3/2014, 9:59 AM
I liked him for what he was, but he needed more time and backstory. Even ten more minutes of Malekith time would have made all the different.

Besides, Whiplash is still the worst MCU villain anyway.
Mrcool210 - 7/3/2014, 10:00 AM
and i don't blame eccelston or even alan taylor for him sucking so much, i blame marvel studios for cutting a bunch of things out of the movie.
SKOne - 7/3/2014, 10:00 AM
Peter Stormaire cast as Count Vertigo season 3 Arrow

-ign
TheRealRemyLebeau - 7/3/2014, 10:00 AM
@batz @ThePowerCosmic AGREED!!! Too much over exaggeration on this site. Villians weren't that bad. Love the different language they spoke as well.
rebellion - 7/3/2014, 10:00 AM
wasted potential
Jwe75 - 7/3/2014, 10:00 AM
I can imagine what he feels. Malekith is good character and Chris is great actor. I liked Thor 2 a lot, but the problem was it was CUTTED TOO SHORT.
This caliber cast deserves more... look Iron man 3, they really builded up KILLIAN better and gave him lot of time on screen. Action scenes wont just do it alone + that is just CGI and stunts.
It pisses me off, because Eccelston talked about that there was suppose to be more backround story for Malekith and they planned to show flashbacks more etc.

Just 20+ minutes more for the movie and it would have been story. But Malekith is lucky to be alive for seguels ;)
ThePowerCosmic - 7/3/2014, 10:01 AM
TBN

But that wouldn't be Thor. He is split between two worlds and he fights cosmic entities. It can't be LoTR. An essential part of the character is his relationship with earth and cosmic adventures...that's just the character.
SuperCat - 7/3/2014, 10:01 AM
Don't care if he comes back. Bring on the Enchantress and the Executioner.
sKeemAn - 7/3/2014, 10:01 AM
If they leave the Earth out of it. It will give more time to develop villains like Malekith. Totally underused character that could've been great.
BANEofExistence - 7/3/2014, 10:01 AM
Great actor MAJORLY underused and pushed aside for Loki...

MCU villains (Strongest-weakest)

1- Loki

2- Winter Soldier

3- Alexander Pierce

4- Abomination

5- Red Skull

6- Iron Monger

7- Aldrich Killian (Served as a good villain and decent Justin Hammer replacment)

8- Malekieth

9- Whiplash

10- Justin Hammer (Another AMAZING actor, misused)

Lets hope Ronan the accuser and Ultron impress! AlsoI didn't include villains like Batroc because they were small cameos... even thoughI loved St.Pierre at Batroc!
DeusExSponge - 7/3/2014, 10:02 AM
Deth - That's true, the problem with Malekith is that Marvel portrayed him as a two dimensional villain. Now that I think about it, they really did mess up on Malekith and butchered him quite a bit.
dethpillow - 7/3/2014, 10:02 AM
for the type of villain he was, i don't think it needed a lot of backstory, exactly. i think the Dark Elves overall needed to be presented a different way, to show the nature of what they are better and show how it's scary.
the problem i think more was that the Dark Elves, their whole deal, and the Aether and all that should've been working on fairy tale logic more, meaning more foreign and weird ancient world law.

like one of the problems is how Jane finds the Aether...that was totally wasted, you could use around the same amount of time, and show it in a way that adds tension to the situation with the Aether and Jane, and just seemed more dreadful and arcane and scary. then you do that part right, and then Malekith instantly assumes a different light around him and he doesn't even have to do anything, but when he shows up next, he's automatically scarier.

it was a bunch of strange decisions and wasted chances like that. where i don't think that time is the primary thing holding them back. Thor movies can stand to stretch out for sure, but they had plenty of time to make Malekith better. that's why i wouldn't trust them with more time on it.
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