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Loki Is Saving Thor: The Dark World Like WandaVision Fixed Age of Ultron

By Ishita Chatterjee
June 29,2021

Do you remember seeing Thor: The Dark World? Probably yes, and we remember seeing it too. Just that until and unless someone actively reminds us of it, chances are that we won’t even think of it. And that’s probably how most people see it. So in the line-up of the Thor movies, The Dark World certainly wasn’t one of the best. 

But it looks like the Disney+ show Loki might be able to save Thor: The Dark World in a way that’s pretty similar to how WandaVision saved Avengers: Age of Ultron. WandaVision explored how Wanda got her magical powers, the effect of Quicksilver’s death, and what the HYDRA’s experiments did to the twins. 

We should mention that both Age of Ultron and The Dark World were box office hits, but they weren’t loved by the fans when compared to other Marvel movies. 

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So a look at the MCU’s movies will tell you that Avengers: Age of Ultron and Thor: The Dark World are really low in terms of popularity. Both of these movies have their flaws and are thought of as weak instalments in their franchises. Actually, a lot of fans have said that Thor: The Dark World is one of the worst movies made by the MCU. 

Why Don’t MCU Fans Love Thor: The Dark World? 

Most of the criticisms were directed towards the poor character development of the Thor-Jane Foster romance as well as the overall lack of a good story. Many also thought that the movie was way too dark without any good reason for it being so. 

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But opinions differ, and today we are not here to talk about why The Dark World is an objectively bad movie. Today we will discuss how Loki might be retroactively fixing this panned movie and giving its central character more depth.

How Is Loki Fixing Thor: The Dark World? 

In episode 1 of Loki, there was a call back to Thor: The Dark World. The episode highlighted a few of its most crucial moments. One was where Frigga’s fate (Loki’s adopted mother) hung in balance. In the first episode, there’s a scene where Tom Hiddleston’s Loki witnessed the events that happened to the prime version of the character. 

As a result, the role Loki played in Frigga’s death was explored in a more emotional and meaningful manner. Note that the entire situation getting explained by Owen Wilson’s Mobius M. Mobius made Loki realize that her getting killed by Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith was entirely his fault. 

Loki The Dark World

This entire moment should have been shown to be more significant to Loki in the movie. But since it wasn’t, so we are glad that his series focused on it deeply. Along with this, Loki gave its viewers a better glimpse into Loki’s psyche by exploring why he hurts people. 

The reason given is that it’s an illusion of power and not really an innate desire to harm others. This reasoning does explain why Loki betrayed Thor repeatedly and struggled with staying on the path of morality. 

Another tie-in to the cinematic Loki was the world-building it provided along with the multiverse in the sequence with Miss Minutes. This concept was teased through Eric Selvig’s chalkboard back in The Dark World movie. But it’s just now that it’s getting utilized and explained. 

As the show goes on, it’s possible that it will be exploring The Dark World movie in more detail and establishing connections to it. 


Everyone has different opinions on Thor: The Dark World, but one thing which everyone agrees on is that it could have been a better movie. However, this doesn’t mean that the MCU needs to disregard or abandon it. 

Just like with Avengers: Age of Ultron, where multiple events that happened there were revisited and fleshed out better in WandaVision, we are glad that Thor: The Dark World is getting explored by Loki.  So if the Loki show continues diving deep into the second Thor movie, then it might be successful in making viewers see the movie in a better light. 

You can check out new episodes of Loki every Wednesday on Disney+.

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