Update 09:05 AM: And more Marvel movie news comes in, as IGN.com confirms with producer Bryan Singer that the X-Men First Class sequel will indeed take its inspiration from the revered "Days of Future Past" storyline. “It’s going to be very ambitious. It’s called Days of Future Past and it deals with aspects of that comic but also some very new things but I don’t want to give any of it away. Matthew Vaughan will be directing and I’m totally excited about it," Singer told IGN. The movie should "start shooting in a few months," and Singer says he wants to "broaden out the universe" of the X-Men movies, saying it can expand into a second Marvel Cinematic Universe in its own way. The "Days of Future Past" storyline took place in Uncanny X-Men #141-142 in 1981, written by longtime X-scribe Chris Claremont and illustrated by John Byrne and Terry Austen. The story features a future where mutants are rounded up and killed in concentration camps, Sentinels patrol the Earth freely, and nearly all the X-Men have died. Rachel Summers, the timeline's daughter of Scott Summers and Jean Grey, uses her telepathy to place an adult Kitty Pryde's consciousness into her younger body to warn the X-Men of this coming future and help them prevent it. IGN speculates this may be a way to merge the casts of the original X-Men movie franchise and that of the First Class films. Original Story: Actor Christopher Eccleston has been set for “the” (a?) villain role in Marvel Studios’ Thor: The Dark World, according to Deadline.com. Eccleston, who played Destro in the first G.I. Joe movie, the role of Claude on NBC’s once-cult hit Heroes, and served a short 2005 stint as the 9th Doctor on British sci-fi giant Doctor Who, will play Malekith The Accursed, ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, which now explains the sequel’s title.
Chris Hemsworth and much of Thor’s original cast returns for the 2013 follow-up, directed by Games of Throne’s Alan Taylor.
Here’s Marvel’s official wiki on the villainous character.“Malekith the Accursed ruled the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. Svartalfheim is one of the nine worlds of Asgard. Malekith mastered sorcery, making him a formidable ally to the other enemies of Asgard. He formed an alliance with the god of mischief Loki on behalf of Surtur. Not long after that agreement, he used a special food provided to him by Hela. The food contained some sort of magic, which gave him control of the humans of Earth. While continuing his quest, he took the life of Eric Willis, guardian of the Casket of Ancient Winters. Before his death Willis conveyed the Casket's location to Loki. Not willing to give up his quest, Malekith Kidnapped the Asgardian Lorelei in order to gain control of the god of Thunder. Thor discovered that he had been tricked into falling for a stack of wood, and became enraged as he learned that the real Lorelei was being held captive by Malekith. Lorelei was eventually freed but, Thor was forced to battle Algrim the Strong. Malekith attempted to destroy both combatants by plunging them into a pit of molten magma; subsequently Malekith retrieved the Casket of Ancient Winters, from the being known as Jagrfelm. Shortly after Jagrfelm's death, Malekith released its power upon Asgard in his quest to rule all nine worlds.”
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