Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston will be taking on the role of the villain in Marvel's Thor: The Dark World! He will be playing Malekith The Accursed, which is who we assumed the villain would be once we found out that the Dark Elves were involved. Malekith is the leader of the elves, and in the comics Loki and Malekith end up forming an alliance to to secure the Casket of Ancient Winters.
This isn't the first time Eccleston has played a bad guy, you might recall him taking on the role of the badass baddie in Nicholas Cage's Gone in 60 Seconds and Destro in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. He makes a great villain, and I can see him doing a great job as Malekith! I'm looking forward to see his performance in the highly anticipated Thor sequel. The studio did a great job casting this part!
What do you think about Eccleston taking on the role of Malekith in the film?
Here are a few more details on the character:
Malekith the Accursed is a supervillain in the Marvel Universe. He is ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, and has come into conflict with Thor. He once wielded the Casket of Ancient Winters.
Malekith has all the normal attributes of a member of the race of dark elves, although his abilities are as a result of above average development. He possesses a gifted intellect, and superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes.
As a dark elf, Malekith also has the ability to manipulate the forces of magic for a variety of effects, including teleportation, energy projection, physical malleability, flight (by transforming into mist) illusion casting, and the ability to change the shape and appearance of other beings or objects.
Malekith has a vulnerability to iron, which disrupts or cancels his magical spells.