Born of eternal night, the Dark Elves come to steal away the light.
      —Thor Odinson

Dark Elves are an ancient race of corrupted beings from the obscure world of Svartalfheim ruled by Malekith the Accursed. They are enemies to the Asgardians and the tertiary antagonists in Thor: The Dark World.

Background

Powers and Abilities

Dark elves possess gifted intellects, as well as superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes. Some Dark Elves, like Malekith, can use faire magic do shapeshift, teleport, project energy blasts, and so on.

Appearances

Thor: The Dark World

Long before the birth of light, there was darkness, and from that darkness came the Dark Elves. Their leader, Malekith desired to return the Universe to a state of eternal darkness, using a weapon of infinite destruction called the Aether. When they were about to achieve its objective, but the Asgardians troops came to Svartalfheim and defeated the Dark Elves. In a desperate attempt, Malekith sacrificed his own people to defeat the Asgardians troops. As the Aether could not destroyed, the King Bor ordered to hide where no one would find ever.

Thousands of years later, Jane Foster found the Aether which caused the awakening of the Dark Elves. Malekith gave a mission to Algrim, to be the last kursed. Back in Asgard, the attack began when Algrim freed all prisoners of Asgard, except one, Loki. The Dark Elves are withdrawn from Asgard without having obtaining the Aether. Thor devises a plan to make Dark Elves don't attack Asgard once again, then Thor and Loki takes Jane to Svartalfheim.

Malekith takes advantage and get the Aether, Thor tries to destroys it but the Infinity Stone regenerates and is absorbed by Malekith. Later, Malekith with his army arrives to Earth, where they could disperse the Aether to the nine realms and destroy the universe. The Dark Elves were killed in battle along with his cruel leader, Malekith.

Guardians of the Galaxy

A Dark Elf can be seen in the Collector's Museum, indicating that some elves remain alive despite their critical decline during the Convergence.

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