Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is starring in the upcoming Marvel action film “Thor: Dark World” and the studio has released images of the actor as the villain, Kurse.
Kurse was first known as Algrim the Strong. Algrim is the strongest of Malekith’s Dark Elves, but still no match physically for Thor, until enchanted armor is fused to his skin; it is then that he begins using the name Kurse. Check out Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s transformation in the newly released images:
Marvel provided some insight into the origin of Kurse below:
The being called Kurse was originally Algrim the Strong, one of the Dark Elves of the extra dimensional realm of Svartalfheim who served the Dark Elves’ ruler, Malekith the Accursed. Malekith had told Algrim he had chosen him to defeat Thor. But while Thor and Algrim fought each other, Malekith ordered that a pitfall be opened beneath their feet. Thor and Algrim fell down a great chasm toward a lake of molten lava. Thor summoned his magic hammer, which carried him to safety, but Algrim plunged into the magma. The magma’s tremendous heat left Algrim on the brink of death. He would have been killed outright except that his enchanted armor protected him from the magma’s full effects, and that his desire for vengeance for Thor gave him the will to live. In fact, the shock of the intense pain the magma caused him rendered Algrim amnesiac; not remembering the real reason why he fell into the lava, he knew only that Thor was somehow to blame.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje joins Idris Elba, who plays Heimdall, as one of the two Black male actors with major roles in the film. Chris Hemsworth stars in the title role with Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Stellan Skarsgard. Christopher Eccleston and Kat Dennings are co-stars.
“Thor: Dark World” hits theaters November 8.
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