So I watched the film this morning from 12:30 to roughly 2:55 and whilst I see there is a thread this is for discussion and seeing as its opened in UK markets here it is.
I really, really enjoyed this film. So far, besides Avengers, both IM3 and this are better than Phase One.
The story starts with the prologue showing Malekith being beaten by the forces of Asgard and several other realms, being a coward, he causes most of his men to die in a attempt to kill off the most asgardians he can and, with his sidekick Algrim they retreat to a dark sleep. Its a good start, we see malekith has the Aether and, once beaten, Thor's grandfather Bor, realising it cannot be destroyed has it buried deep. Which ends up being an abandoned east london building.
Next we see Loki being sentenced and once again Hiddlestone is great, never shies away from a snarky comment or clever joke but even he can't accept his punishment but alas he ends up in the cell. I won't tell the whole story but we see Thor and the warrior three finally end the chaos in the realms and there is the slightest of hints towards a love triangle with Sif but thats quickly shot down. Jane is on earth, in london and tries a date with this guy named Richard but its just not working, thankfully Darcy (Kat Dennings, who really has a much better role than the first film. The girls hilarious) arrives and some science-woohah leads to the abandoned building.
From there we learn Selvig has gone mad (Hilariously caught on ITV news running around stonehenge naked!) and Jane finds the aether in the building where, when things are dropped they come back from the sky, a funny part being Darcy's intern Ian (Or 'Intern' as she calls him all the time) dropping their car keys and guess what? They don't return! Really got some laughs there.
Basically Jane finds the Aether and it 'possesses' her, on Asgard people notice that Thor is not happy however there is still dispute amongst him and Odin. Heidmall fails to 'spot' Jane when she is taken through a portal which again is too much science for me so Thor arrives, dazzling in the rain. And receives two slaps from Jane! :) Funny again!
So I need to wrap this up. Malekith wakes up and Algrim offers to become 'Kursed' which is Kurse and I have to say, visually he is one of the best on-screen villains I have seen. Thor takes Jane to Asgard for healthcare but Odin is still bullish. Next Malekith 'tracks' down the Aether and, first, Kurse and I think some dark elves allow themselves to be captured however they soon fight back and release the other prisoners however, Kurse studies Loki and walks away. Another funny scene showing Loki casually reading whilst there is chaos. Thor then joins the fight and Odin does something! However, a 'trojan horse' is then sent into Asgard in the form of a spaceship which Heidmall destroys however, several then enter causing chaos and fighting. Malekeith or Malekith? Goes for Jane and is tricked by Frigga. Sadly he kills her just as Thor and Odin arrive and he departs. Next is a true viking funeral with the burning of the corpse in the sea. Odin is too bullish and rather wait for Mala and his army to come to Asgard instead of going for him. Making a plan, Thor goes to Loki and loki appears to be in a gaming mood however, Thor tells him 'No illusions' and we see the real Loki, trashed room, scarred, dirty and pretty bad. He admits he loved Frigga in a way and agrees with Thors plan, this is a cool sequence where we see Thor, warriors three ect at a table discussing the issues and the next scene showing it being solved. As Thor takes Loki out he mocks Thor and, in one of the best scenes he changes into a captain (REMEMBER THIS GUY!) Thor into Sif, and calls him 'ravishing'
AND NEXT A CAPTAIN AMERICA CAMEO! WHERE HE MOCKS CAPTAIN BEFORE THOR GETS ANGRY! HILARIOUS. I hear its actually Evans!
Odin is angry and sends men to thor.
Next Thor, Loki and Jane escape Asgard via a boat with the warriors three help, with them threatening Loki incase he betrays thor. As they escape on the ship, thor can't control it and loki again mocks him each time before jane collapses and, nonchanlantly loki asks 'Is she dead?' its pure gold, real banter and just exciting.
After some more travelling and Darcy meeting up with Selvig on earth who is revealed to be mentally ill after Loki and a Stan Lee cameo! Selvig is presenting some wierd theory in what appears to be a classroom but is revealed to be a carehome before Lee asks 'Can i have my shoe back?' after Selvig used the shoes to show that the event, where all the planets form in one line, the convergence, will happen.
So they arrive in the wasteland and loki keeps asking if thor trusts him and he says no, malekith is there, drawn to the Aether in jane. And next thor frees Loki's shackles and in 3 seconds he withdraws a knife into thors abdomen and throws him down the mountain side to Malekith and Kurse, mocking him and asking Mala to allow him to watch Asgard fall. Next, I believe Loki slices off thors hand! SHOCKER. Then Mala levitates Jane and absorbs the darkness then.
THOR CALLS TO LOKI! HIS ARM REGROWS AND BOTH LOKI AND THOR FIGHT AGAINST MALA AND HIS ARMY! Its a good scene, Loki takes out some elves and thor does however, Kurse is far too strong and proceeds to 'hammer' (Pardon the pun) thor even being able to stop mjolnir, loki then goes over and appears to sacrifice himself for thor, he stabs kurse in the chest but kurse pulls himself into loki, sharing the blade, he tosses loki off but its next shown that loki placed a bomb into him and the darkness 'consumes' Kurse. Next loki lays dying and reveals he didn't do it for Odin. I believe he meant he did it for Thor.
So Jane and Thor are angry, they go to a cave for shelter and Jane's phone starts ringing, richard is calling and thors face is hilarious, they end up finding ALL the things that didn't return in the building as sometimes it just didn't work. Next they're back in the site and head out to save the day. Malekith is now on earth, east london specifically and a battle engages as his ship emerges from the sea into the building, thor and mala engage however his darkness is too strong for thor, so he uses the portals amongst the worlds to keep changing the area and we see more funny scenes, such as Darcy kissing Ian and ending up being teleported right in from of Thor and Jane! Also Thor rides the tube in a funny scene. As the battle rages on the elves are 'consumed' by some science woo-hah and eventually Malekith loses the Aether and ends up in the wasteland and, just as the ship is about to collapse into thor/jane Selvig teleports it into malkeith. Crushing jim. Is he dead? I'm not sure......
So next Jane is shown at a table with Ian, Eric and Darcy and they question if thor is to return after his previous two years abscense and its rather awkward. On Asgard thor is below Odin and, whilst Odin cannot agree or disagree with Jane and Thor he tells thor to 'go' rather fatheringly.
Oh wait. Remember that captain loki turned into? He was the one who announced Lokis death to odin and...
AS THOR LEAVES. ODIN SUDDENLY REVEALS HIMSELF TO BE...LOKI. WHO IS STILL ALIVE AND NOW THE KING OF ASGARD! IT DOESN'T SAY BUT HE SAYS SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF HIM BENEFITING FROM IT.
AND THE POST-CREDIT SCENE IS AWESOME. Sif And Volstagg are in this wierd room with a female acting like...an alien....
and the room is full of crazy stuff, they go to a guy who is known as the collector (YOU KNOW ITS COMING)
AND HE LOOKS AWESOME. WHITE HAIR, WHITE GLOVES, ELABORATE DISPLAY AND HE TAKES ONE OF THEIR THINGS INTO HIS COLLECTION. NOT SURE IF ITS THE AETHER.
AND THESE LINES MADE ME SO HAPPY
'One down, five to go'
AND YES. THEY'RE EVEN NAMED AS INFINITY STONES.