Malekith the Accursed
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|Malekith the Accursed|
Malekith the Accursed holding Lorelei on the cover of The Mighty Thor vol. 1, #347 (September 1984).
Art by Walt Simonson.
|First appearance||Thor #344 (June 1984)|
|Created by||Walt Simonson|
|Notable aliases||Angel, Master of the Hounds, Dark Elf, Balder|
|Abilities||Superhuman strength and durability
Wields Dark Faerie magic
Ability to summon The Wild Hunt
Publication history 
Created by Walt Simonson, Malekith first appeared in Thor #344-349 (June-November 1984). He subsequently appeared in issues #363 (January 1986), 366-368 (April-June 1986), 485-487 (April-June 1995), and 489 (August 1995) of Thor.
He made guest appearances in X-Force and Cable Annual 1997 and Heroes for Hire #14 (August 1998) before again battling Thor in Thor vol. 2, #29-32 (November 2000 - February 2001). He later appeared in The Incredible Hercules #134 (November 2009) and #136 (December 2009).
Fictional character biography 
Malekith struck an alliance with Loki on behalf of the fire demon Surtur. He took control of a number of Earth humans using special food of the faerie provided by Hela. Malekith then killed Eric Willis, guardian of the Casket of Ancient Winters, after learning its location. As Master of the Hounds, Malekith hunted down Roger Willis, Eric's son and new guardian of the Casket. Malekith battled Thor, and kidnapped Lorelei. Using Lorelei as bait, Malekith forced Thor to battle Algrim the Strong, one of his Dark Elf followers, then attempted to destroy both combatants by plunging them into a pool of magma. He then captured the Casket of Ancient Winters from Roger Willis. Malekith was ultimately defeated by Thor, but not before he destroyed the Casket of Ancient Winters, releasing magical frigid force all over the Earth. Malekith was then brought as a captive by Thor to Asgard.
Malekith later disguised Loki as himself to take his place in the dungeon, while he disguised himself as Balder, who was about to be crowned ruler of Asgard. Kurse, the being formerly known as Algrim, saw through Malekith's disguise when he reached Asgard City. Kurse then broke Malekith's neck, slaying him.
Years later, Malekith was revealed to be alive once again. Disguising himself as Balder again, he enlisted Hercules to attack Alflyse, the Dark Elf Queen of the Eastern Spires, while disguised as Thor. His scheme unraveled (partially due to the appearance of Thor disguised as Hercules), and he was easily defeated by Zeus.
Powers and abilities 
Malekith has all the normal attributes of a member of the race of dark elves, although his abilities are as a result of above-average development. He possesses superhuman intellect, strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes.
As a dark elf, Malekith also has the ability to manipulate the forces of magic for a variety of effects, including teleportation, energy projection, physical malleability, flight (by transforming into mist), illusion casting, and the ability to change the shape and appearance of other beings or objects.
Malekith has a vulnerability to iron, which disrupts or cancels his magical spells.
Other versions 
Malekith appeared in an issue of Marvel Adventures: The Avengers where he tries to take over Asgard with the help of the Frost Giants, but he was defeated with the combined efforts of the Avengers and Thor.[volume & issue needed]
In other media 
- Malekith appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "The Casket of Ancient Winters", voiced by Quinton Flynn. He is killed by Thor and Iron Man at the end of the episode.
- In the Marvel animated feature Hulk vs Thor, Malekith makes a brief cameo at the start of the film.
- Christopher Eccleston portrays Malekith in the Marvel Studios film Thor: The Dark World.
- Thor #344
- Thor #345
- Thor #346
- Thor #347
- Thor #348
- Thor #349
- Thor #367
- Incredible Hercules #132, 136
- Hulk vs Thor
- Fleming, Mike (2012-08-01). "We Have A ‘Thor 2′ Villain: Christopher Eccleston To Play Malekith The Accursed". Deadline.com. Archived from the original on 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2012-08-01.