The Dark Tower And The Dark World

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The Gunslinger and Heimdall

I had the synchronistic experience of seeing the 2013 film Thor: The Dark World quite by accident right before seeing the The Dark Tower trailer. Both very visually similar movies, with similar titles, similar plots, similar symbolism, and the same actor (Idris Elba) in both of them.

I’m going to speak briefly to these similarities, and how both resonate with other topics I’ve been reading/thinking about recently.

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Poster for Thor: The Dark World

Let’s go back to November of 2013. I was literally in the movie theater waiting for Thor: The Dark World to start when I suddenly got really ill and had to go home. This meant that I never got to see the movie until a couple of days ago—when I accidentally fell asleep on the couch, woke up in the middle of the night, and realized that my husband was playing it randomly as an insomnia-killer.

I have had other very odd resonances from 2013 happen in my life recently, including similar-resonating events happening on the exact same day, a missing notebook (that I don’t even remember) from that time-period that suddenly showed up in an odd place in my house, and so on.

As a bit of context, 2013 was part of the backdrop of my blog series The Year Of The Mask. My hypothesis was that the span between the summers of 2012 and 2013 was an especially “key” time in U.S.—and possibly world—events, and that this was weirdly “telegraphed” and/or reflected by the pop-culture (especially superhero-related) of the era.

As I compare some elements of the trailer for the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower with Thor: The Dark World…I have to wonder if 2017 is yet another key year, this time “setting up” themes that will be fully manifested by 2020.

In both The Dark Tower and The Dark World we have the concepts of two worlds—populated, in part, by human-type individuals—secretly co-existing. One world is the world we know (which, in comic book lingo, would be like “Earth Prime”), and the other is far more mythic and magical.

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Idris Elba as Heimdall

There are dark forces in both movies who wish to invade “our” world and destroy it. This would be accomplished through a type of stargate/star-bridge that serves as a portal between the two worlds. In The Dark World, there are two methods to connect Asgard to Earth, the first being the now-broken Bifrost “Rainbow Bridge” that was overseen by Heimdall (played by Idris Elba). The second are random portals being created by an event called The Convergence.

The term “convergence” was also used as the title of a massive 2015 DC Comics storyline; as in The Dark World, it speaks to themes of worlds colliding and reality possibly breaking down as a result.

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Malekith and Dark Elves

Forces of darkness—Malekith and his Dark Elves—want to take advantage of the instability in time/space/reality caused by this Convergence and invade Earth.

In The Dark Tower, the alternate world is called Mid-World, and the “nexus point” from which “our” world can be accessed is called the Dark Tower. Who is the person trying to protect this nexus and prevent the forces of Darkness (led by a Walter Padick, who has own long Stephen King novel pedigree that I won’t go into here) from destroying everything? The Gunslinger, also played by Idris Elba.

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Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in “The Dark Tower”

I watched the trailer for The Dark Tower, noted how many times phrases about “saving the tower” are used, and couldn’t help but think about all the synchromystic speculation that was created regarding tower symbolism in relation to 9/11. Maybe that all sounds way too “on the nose” a connection, but I’m just throwing that in there. There were theorists I read back then (and we’re talking 10, almost 15 years ago now) who even believed that the destruction of the Twin Towers was such a “seismic” event in world history that it actually opened up a “portal,” fucked up the stream of time, all this wild stuff.

And other things I have thinking a lot about recently—just sort of popping in to my head—is the use of sacred geometry and astronomical data in the construction of buildings and monuments (including the Georgia Guidestones, which I will write about in a future post). And is there anything more symbolic of that than the concept of this “Dark Tower”?

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Illustration of the Dark Tower

I do not claim to be an expert on Stephen King’s Dark Tower series and mythos, but from what I have read about it so far, the ideas of these “Gunslingers” and so forth sounds very much like the Knights Templar and etc. And then of course you go from the Templars the Masons, the connection between which I have also been coincidentally reading about recently. And from the Masons back to the idea of sacred geometry/astronomy “programmed” into building plans.

Lastly, I have also been reading a bit about the world’s current tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa…you want to talk about a significant real-life tower? Wow. It looks literally like something out of a science-fiction landscape.

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the Burj Khalifa

Anyway, I just sit up and take notice when I find two examples from pop-culture that are as similar to each other as The Dark Tower and Thor: The Dark World.

The same themes in these and other mass-market “blockbuster” movies crop up over and over and over again. It is only natural to ask, “why?” Vital practical and spiritual information has been “encoded” within the writings and stories and myths of the world for millennia. I have no reason to believe such a practice stopped at the dawning of the age of the motion picture and beyond.