Thor has had to deal with a number of formidable foes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but none are as threatening as Malektih the Accursed, leader of the Dark Elves. The Asgardian Avenger will have to go toe to toe with the villain played by Christopher Eccleston in the upcoming ‘Thor: The Dark World’, but before we get to see his heinous deeds unfold onscreen, the former Doctor opens up about his role that he describes as quite complex.

In an interview with Coming Soon during the London press junket for Alan Taylor’s Phase Two Marvel film, the man who brought ‘Doctor Who’ back to life in 2005 discussed his preparation for the role of Malekith, the quiet approach that he brought to the character, and how difficult it was to learn an entirely new, made-up language. You can see him talk about all this and more in the video below, followed by the official synopsis for the movie:

Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.  Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

It’s great to hear Eccleston’s enthusiasm for his part, but I thought that it was even more interesting that he was so quick to shoot down the label of someone who takes on “nerd-friendly” or genre projects. Actually, it shouldn’t be all that surprising considering how closed he was to returning for the ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary scheduled to premiere in November.

What do you think about Christopher Eccleston’s approach to Malekith the Accursed? Are you excited to see him in ‘Thor: The Dark World’? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

‘Thor: The Dark World’ starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, and Anthony Hopkins hits theaters on November 8, 2013.