Film Review: Thor - The Dark World

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As big and muscular as its titular hammer-swinging hunk, and equally short on sparkling repartee, Thor: The Dark World is a sequel-by-numbers that slots neatly into the ever expanding Marvel Comics universe.

There are verbal references to yesteryear’s The Avengers, a cameo by one of Thor’s fellow superheroes and a teaser during the end credits that introduces The Collector (Benicio Del Toro), who figures prominently in next summer’s Guardians Of The Galaxy.

"Marvel's Thor: The Dark World"..Thor (Chris Hemsworth)..Ph: Jay Maidment..� 2013 MVLFFLLC. TM & � 2013 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

"Marvel's Thor: The Dark World"..Thor (Chris Hemsworth)..Ph: Jay Maidment..� 2013 MVLFFLLC. TM & � 2013 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

If nothing else - and there isn’t much else - Alan Taylor’s film is a master-class in brand recognition.

The Dark World squanders the strongest actors, including Tom Hiddleston as arch-villain Loki, in order to focus on the miasma of slick digital effects.

Screenwriters Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley bamboozle us with their cod-science, spinning a fantastical yarn about an alignment of worlds every 5000 years which allows “an ancient darkness to strike”.