RT Podcast

"Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong" About... Thor: The Dark World

Does the sequel deserve its place as the worst-reviewed – though still Fresh – movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

by | June 3, 2021 | Comments

Thor: The Dark World

(Photo by ©Walt Disney Studios/courtesy Everett Collection)

At a just-Fresh 66% on the Tomatometer, Thor: The Dark World is the worst-reviewed movie of the 23 films that so far make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe – but does it deserve that ignominious title? (The Ed Norton-starring Incredible Hulk is the second-worst, FYI, with a 67% Tomatometer score.)


Listen Now: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Google Podcasts | Radio Public | Deezer | iHeart | Art19


While the 2013 sequel to Thor was greeted with a critical “meh” at the time of its release, and box office receipts were muted – at least compared to most MCU films – there has been a turning of the tide when it comes to Dark World. No one’s quite mustered up the courage to declare evil Dark Elf Malekith a great villain, but the movie’s defenders argue that the chemistry between Thor and Loki, some great set pieces, and awesome visual effects push the film at least to the middle tier of MCU output.

Crucially, the movie’s importance to the development of the MCU that followed – and particularly its significance in Endgame – have prompted a number of writers and commentators to revisit Dark World with Fresh and newly appreciative eyes. But are they right to pick up the hammer and go to bat for Thor’s second solo outing?



That’s what we’re asking in the latest episode of podcast Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong, in which Mark Ellis is joined by guest co-host and Rotten Tomatoes Editor-in-Chief, Joel Meares, and talk show host, comics expert, and person who knows so much about Dark Elves, Coy Jandreau. Who among them is Team Dark World? And who among them feels this Thor flick should be sent to the fancy gold dungeons of Asgard forever?


Check in every Thursday for a new episode of Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong (A Podcast From Rotten Tomatoes). Each week, hosts Jacqueline and Mark and guests go deep and settle the score on some of the most beloved – and despised – movies and TV shows ever made, directly taking on the statement we hear from so many fans: “Rotten Tomatoes is wrong.”


Check out some more episodes of Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong:


If you have a suggestion for a movie or show you think we should do an episode on, let us know in the comments, or email us at rtiswrong@rottentomatoes.com.


Meet the hosts

Jacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards and indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU to musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @THATjacqueline.

Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he’s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.


On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.


Tag Cloud

twilight Winter TV talk show SDCC Avengers green book The Arrangement Heroines Sundance romantic comedy Lucasfilm Spike VICE San Diego Comic-Con Set visit Exclusive Video E3 LGBTQ facebook Tubi pirates of the caribbean young adult concert asian-american stoner Musical casting remakes Reality Competition kids true crime book adaptation justice league Marvel Television 93rd Oscars streaming movies 007 Tumblr japan kong zombie LGBT Legendary Awards Tour halloween italian period drama Superheroe Anna Paquin Valentine's Day ABC Signature Video Games SundanceTV festivals Calendar crime 1990s romance BBC FX Trophy Talk VOD National Geographic all-time what to watch Emmys jurassic park TNT adenture ID TV hist crossover composers christmas movies FOX 21st Century Fox boxing Paramount Cartoon Network NYCC rotten movies we love olympics posters classics spanish zombies Brie Larson cancelled TV shows dogs james bond Schedule Amazon Prime Video new york ViacomCBS TCA PaleyFest Pacific Islander Creative Arts Emmys technology cats Film FX on Hulu 45 A24 archives name the review El Rey Drama TV One werewolf cinemax American Society of Cinematographers strong female leads blockbusters ESPN Classic Film king kong Logo Horror television Pop TV Lifetime Christmas movies revenge Shondaland Rocketman YA hidden camera Mary Poppins Returns zero dark thirty Toys Thanksgiving BET Awards Disney+ Disney Plus HBO Go royal family slashers elevated horror scorecard universal monsters rt archives PBS harry potter boxoffice dexter Binge Guide GoT Food Network directors Fox News women Syfy BBC America WGN Columbia Pictures Sneak Peek TIFF transformers CMT Vudu Travel Channel Endgame Mystery aliens TCA Awards cancelled television Hallmark Christmas movies canceled debate 24 frames independent Rom-Com spinoff YouTube Red police drama Year in Review Wes Anderson streaming First Reviews cancelled die hard book golden globe awards A&E video Rocky WarnerMedia Hallmark PlayStation MSNBC canceled TV shows rotten DirecTV venice Broadway Comedy serial killer latino international supernatural docudrama Disney streaming service Lifetime comic book movie toronto worst TCA 2017 dceu suspense aapi nature a nightmare on elm street Academy Awards child's play Election The CW Showtime Television Critics Association video on demand cartoon documentary Hulu Bravo 99% 20th Century Fox Musicals quibi cults rt labs Star Trek rom-coms Holidays Spring TV Emmy Nominations dark comics History dramedy X-Men NBC Apple See It Skip It comic 2017 Trailer spanish language Captain marvel stand-up comedy Teen science fiction Black History Month black Awards cops blockbuster gangster political drama Apple TV+ FXX Reality Arrowverse theme song Disney Channel Star Wars RT21 animated Superheroes Amazon Prime critic resources spain Grammys Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Comedy Central crime thriller Elton John wonder woman new zealand laika cars MTV TV renewals Extras vampires Ellie Kemper Nat Geo Polls and Games psycho mockumentary Comics on TV slasher war Cosplay Trivia Family popular NBA spider-man DC Comics football telelvision ITV news witnail comedies godzilla Cannes Netflix Christmas movies Martial Arts Paramount Network TV movies First Look series Paramount Plus Ovation french Comic-Con@Home 2021 prank Freeform Photos OneApp superman Sony Pictures Kids & Family Fall TV documentaries Amazon USA Red Carpet IFC Films Alien king arthur Tarantino Pop Disney Super Bowl Ghostbusters movie RT History saw Black Mirror obituary fresh Adult Swim Animation renewed TV shows Image Comics APB australia 2018 Western 72 Emmy Awards Funimation YouTube Premium toy story ghosts Pirates award winner 73rd Emmy Awards spy thriller lord of the rings action-comedy DC streaming service Sundance TV Netflix new star wars movies high school TruTV CBS 71st Emmy Awards Marvel Studios GIFs movies batman Esquire game show Christmas TBS TCA Winter 2020 Disney Plus hispanic mcc AMC golden globes marvel comics DGA breaking bad Nominations films indiana jones jamie lee curtis diversity criterion worst movies ABC comic books trailers 2016 2015 Pixar TCM travel anime comiccon Certified Fresh Tokyo Olympics Epix Turner psychological thriller Tomatazos HBO indie game of thrones Writers Guild of America live action Infographic 2021 miniseries OWN Biopics Shudder tv talk singing competition blaxploitation children's TV reboot 4/20 The Walt Disney Company based on movie medical drama hollywood Amazon Studios GLAAD sequel thriller franchise Apple TV Plus YouTube Peacock President versus deadpool 2020 unscripted Marathons rt labs critics edition biography Women's History Month feel good Action TLC mutant USA Network New York Comic Con CNN sitcom Masterpiece Oscars comic book movies heist movie Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt chucky historical drama kaiju critics Baby Yoda 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards CW Seed doctor who Turner Classic Movies Premiere Dates joker hispanic heritage month Summer binge satire BBC One monster movies docuseries The Purge cancelled TV series sports south america Mindy Kaling adventure Hear Us Out Character Guide Opinion dc Mudbound Acorn TV ratings Rock robots sag awards The Academy Winners E! adaptation marvel cinematic universe scary movies teaser nfl Starz politics SXSW VH1 Sci-Fi Dark Horse Comics crime drama Interview Song of Ice and Fire DC Universe Fantasy Warner Bros. social media Pet Sematary Mary Tyler Moore Mary poppins Watching Series The Witch discovery Lionsgate Best and Worst Stephen King Music screenings finale Spectrum Originals BET Television Academy target razzies sequels 2019 parents BAFTA Podcast Chernobyl stop motion Box Office dragons Holiday fast and furious anthology foreign disaster Crackle free movies nbcuniversal Quiz Comic Book mission: impossible Nickelodeon HBO Max Sundance Now reviews ABC Family CBS All Access scene in color halloween tv cooking space Film Festival natural history screen actors guild TV Land superhero MCU Country Countdown basketball festival IFC legend best Pride Month Discovery Channel Crunchyroll Fox Searchlight The Walking Dead Universal biopic know your critic richard e. Grant Britbox emmy awards Marvel japanese Walt Disney Pictures 90s