First off, obvious big fat spoiler warning!
Secondly, we've teamed up with Movie Plot Holes, who are here to bring you a snarky run-down of some of the most glaring plotholes in one of this year's biggest superheroic blockbusters.
We've narrowed it down to five of the most glaring below, but for a full list, just head on over to Movie Plot Holes' Thor: The Dark World page.
(5) Frigga's interesting strategy!
If Frigga can make illusions of everyone, why didn’t she make an extra illusion of herself to complement the illusion of Natalie Portman she made to protect her from Malekith? Why was the logical capacity lacking? Oh right, she had to die so the movie could unite the brothers in a vengeance plan!
(4) Malekith's plot-varying Aether detection
We don’t know a lot about super one-dimensional Malekith – but we know one thing: he loves his Aether! After 5000 years of deep sleep in a nightmare machine, Malekith wakes-up the minute the Aether finds a living host, and he seems to know exactly where to find it even if it is hundreds of galaxies away. Yet when he's finally right beside the source of Aether (you remember, the stuff that he can sense from billions of kilometres away), he can’t feel that the Jane in front of him is a decoy illusion created by Frigga. How? On every other occasion in the film Malekith knows exactly where Jane Foster is….why not now?
(3) A Universe of spectators
Why did no-one from Asgard help Thor while he was fighting Malekith in London? They have a machine that can teleport people right beside him (good work there, Heimdall). The world was on the edge of destruction – clearly they could have sent a few hundred soldiers to save the Universe. It seems they misjudged the scope of their mess – if Thor fails: everyone dies. This is clearly the highest stakes the whole Marvel Universe has ever faced and you would think his good friends like Iron Man and Captain America would show-up to help. Clearly everything else, by definition, is of less importance.
(2) Thor's ridiculous plan
It made no sense for Thor to go after Malekith. He overestimated the force of his enemy and he underestimated the potential cost of his failure. The contrast is so evident that no-one would ever dare try it – except our main character, of course.
Enemy’s forces: One guy with a single ship of Elf soldiers (as most of them were killed in the assault on Asgard). Their assault was originally successful because it was a surprise attack. This is no longer possible. Furthermore, if another attack occurs, Malekith won’t be able to send a host of sword-ships since most of them are already destroyed.
Potential cost of failure: If Thor fails to destroy the Aether once it is extracted from Jane, then Malekith starts his Armageddon and everything that is alive in the Universe dies.
Thor’s plan: Destroy the Aether with his hammer – even though he has no tangible way to know if he actually has the strength to destroy it (considering his elder relative already failed). Oh, and the fact that he plans to use his brother who betrays him at every turn.
This is a rather simple risk-analysis situation. Yes, it's possible Jane might die if she keeps the Aether in her veins for too long – but risking the whole Universe for a plan that is doomed to fail is simply preposterous. In fact the whole conflict is not resolved by Thor – but by loopy Dr. Selvig who somehow managed to beat all other scientists in the Universe to create a way to manipulate portals to dismember the Aether-infused Malekith. If that doctor didn’t somehow create this magic science thingy, Thor would have lost and everybody else.
(1) Malekith won the war - but didn't realise it in time
Throughout the whole movie we see Malekith desperately trying to find the Aether and absorb it so he can destroy all the lights in the Universe. Yet in the prologue when he is attacked by Asgard soldiers and Odin’s father, he's actually right beside the Aether. He only needed to absorb it and the Universe was done for.
So…why didn’t he?
Instead, he chose to look at the dangerous battlefield where his forces were sacrificing their lives to protect him from soldiers with the technology to teleport anywhere on the field. When his enemies inevitably use that tech to teleport right between him and the Aether, he loses the Aether and ultimately the war. But he didn’t have to lose – if he had absorbed the Aether instead of dawdling around being portentous and such, he would have won. Movie done and dusted there in just under two minutes.
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