After the deal with Mads Mikkelsen fell through, Marvel was left with the task of finding an actor European enough to play the villian in Thor: The Dark World. Enter former Dr. Who star Christopher Eccleston.
The English actor has signed on to play the ruler of the Dark Elves, Malekith the Accursed in the 2013 sequel. Plot details are still under wraps but the comics version of Malekith is extremely powerful. However, he does have a weakness to iron. Maybe Thor isn’t the best Avenger to be fighting him. Surely, there is someone else better suited. (Deadline)