I'm going to make a few points that I think we should discuss, and let us all talk.
1. In general, did you like the movie? Give the movie a rating out of 5.
2. What did you think of Malekith and the Dark Elves as a villain? (I'm especially interested in the opinion of those who have read Simonson's run, like me).
3. Did the movie successfully establish cosmic elements in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Does it make the audience ready for more?
4. Who will be the next villain?
5. Let;s talk about the ending and post-credit scene.
So in general I loved the movie. I am a bit biased since I am a Thor fan, his books are what got me into comics after all. The movie had its flaws of course. I thought there were too many guns being used, and the plot was a little too complex for the general audience. The final fight scene was interesting, but not how I expected Thor to do things. Of course there are lots of things I loved too. Asgard was gorgeous and I had a huge smile when they first enter. They didn't really hold back in going all sci-fi and mystical with Thor, and the humor was top-notch imo. Only the train scene I felt went a little too far. All the battles were great, but as mentioned, the final one didn't go as expected. Oh! And Loki was AMAZING in this movie. He was perfect and was a very meaningful part of the movie. I leave it at that and say the movie was a 5/5 for me. I'm not saying it's perfect or one of the greatest movies ever made, but I loved it and enjoyed it immensely.
Now to talk about Malekith. As being a reader if Simonson's run where he was created, and currently reading Aaron's run where he is currently being used, I conclude that Malekith is nothing like how he should be. Well, he's evil of course, and he isn't powerful without the Aether, but otherwise there is nothing about him really true to the books. He never has a sinister smile, he was serious throughout the entire movie, and his story has nothing to do with Surtur which is a HUGE disappointment for me. That being said, even though he isn't like the comics, he did end up being a decent villain, and although the Dark Elves didn't look like Dark Elves, they were good villains too. Being able to say that Thor is fighting Dark Elves, is a bold move considering the lack of open mindedness of the audience, so I'm glad with the villains, but also disappointed.
Yes it did establish cosmic elements in the MCU. They don't hold back on the space stuff, the movie was good, and that should leave the crowd with an acceptance of that the MCU is going to be full of all this epic space action.
I have no clue who the next villain is going to be. I was praying that it would be Surtur but I highly doubt it now, since Malekith had no connection to him in the movie, I doubt he'll be used. The only mention to him was the realm of Muspelheim when the portals were opening everywhere. I'm thinking Hela might be the next villain though. It makes a lot of sense, and it explains Loki's return from the dead. Plus, fighting the dead would be pretty epic. I just hope they keep going crazy with the nine realms and space. I really don't want Thor fighting someone like the Absorbing Man. So I'm going to say it's Hela, but continue praying it's Surtur.
That ending what mighty interesting. Does Loki kill Odin? I doubt it. He probably tricked him into leaving somewhere imo. I already stated my theory as to how Loki survived his supposed death. I'm very interested to see what's going to happen in the next movie. The post-credit scene is where I need some help understanding it. Can someone post a link to where I can find info on The Collector? I never heard of him. It made no sense to me until I read someone's theory on the Infinity Gems and everything just made so much sense. I still don't know who think character is though.
So there are my thoughts. feel free to share yours.