Why Malekith? Thor producer explains big-screen baddie selection process

Ever since Loki came back and completely stole the show in The Avengers, the focus has started to shift a bit toward Marvel’s big-screen baddies. So what does it take to menace one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?

Marvel exec Kevin Feige had a wide-ranging chat with Entertainment Weekly where he talked about the challenge of following up Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) memorable turn in Thor and Avengers. Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith the Accursed steps up in Thor: The Dark World to menace the galaxy, and Feige said that choice was made because of what it would mean for Thor — not just because it’s a badass villain.

Here’s an excerpt:

“We didn’t sit down and say, okay now bring on the bad guys. The heroes are the focus and the drivers. We choose those villains because of what you hope they will bring out in the hero. Malekith and the dark elves give Thor a noble foe, tap into Asgardian history, and bring about somebody who is worse than Loki, to put Thor in a position where he had to ask for his brother’s help.”

Makes sense, and we can’t wait to see Thor duke it out with a bona fide dark evil baddie when this one opens Nov. 8.

But Feige didn’t stop there. He also noted how the Winter Soldier in the upcoming Captain America sequel will mirror Steve Rogers’ turmoil over “what it means to serve a country,” while new addition Ultron in the Avengers sequel will “resent” the gang’s free will to save the world. 

So what baddies would you like to see coming down the pike after these newcomers?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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