Thor of Asgard finally earns his rightful status as Marvel’s mightiest Avenger in Phase 2 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Sweeping, smartly paced, and frequently laugh-out-loud funny, Thor: The Dark World is definitely a must-see movie! Thanks in large part to dedicated performances by a supremely talented cast and director Alan Taylor’s talent for seamlessly blending awe-inspiring action with light-hearted comedy.The story begins with a preview of the newest villain. The Dark Elves were vanquished thousands of years earlier when the soldiers of Asgard, including Thor’s grandfather, were able to steal the weapon known as the ‘Aether’ and hide it.?Flashing forward to modern London, Thor’s (Hemsworth) scientific main squeeze, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) has found an anomaly that is similar to the portal that brought Thor to earth and later unleashed his brother Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) army of darkness/world domination bid in The Avengers.?When Jane finds the Aether at the other end of the wormhole, she is soon in the middle of another battle for control of earth and the nine realms as the Dark Elves leader Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) is brought back from suspended animation to lead his army to earth. Our poor planet can’t catch a break!One element of the new movie that gives it more energy and sparkle is the renewed sibling rivalry of Thor and Loki who must now team up to stop the Dark Elves. Mr Hiddleston proved to be a dynamic villain in The Avengers and that star power explodes again when Loki changes into the anti-hero Thor must reluctantly join forces with in this quest. The question still remains, even after watching the movie, of whether Loki is the villain, side-kick or hero. Whatever your opinion may be, Tom Hiddleston has definitely stole Thor’s thunder as Loki.Thor: The Dark World has all the CGI action sequences one expects in a superhero movie, and if you have been watching the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. you will recognize the geek/nerd comedy asides provided by Foster’s lab buddies Darcy (Kat Dennings) and Ian (Jonathan Howard) as very similar to the geek scientists on the TV series. Why Stellan Skarsgard, introduced as Dr. Erik Selvig in the first Thor, is also treated as a comedy aside.The Marvel universe is well-known for having Stan Lee cameo in every Marvel movie, but not only did they have Stan cameo in Thor; The Dark World but they also had Captain America himself, Chris Evans on board for a brief cameo. You get extra points if you spot Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Borg Queen (Alice Krige) as an Asgard healer, and Chuck’s Zachary Levi all covered in makeup as Thor’s buddy Fandral. Rene Russo also provides a supporting turn as Queen Friga and another Thor regular back for the sequel is Idris Elba as the all-seeing Heimdall. Incidentally, be sure to stay through the entirety of the closing credits. That may seem like a no-brainer for a superhero flick, but be aware that Thor: The Dark World includes not one but two end-of-film teases, so be sure to stay till the credits finish rolling!