"I just wish they'd left their alien ship behind."
"So we can clean that up, too?"
"So we could go inside, take a peek under the hood, maybe take it for a spin. Come on, you're telling me piloting an alien ship isn't on your bucket list?"
Skye and Melinda May[src]

The Arks[1] were among the most numerous warships used by the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. The Arks were capable of ferrying smaller Dark Elf Harrow fighters, and were powered by black holes.


"His ship could be over our heads right now, we would never even know it."
Thor to Odin[src]

During the final battle of the war between the Dark Elves and the Asgardians in 2987 BC, hundreds of Arks were used in the battle. By the end of the battle, nearly all of them were destroyed during a final spiteful attack against the Asgardians by Malekith, and their remains were littered across Svartalfheim's surface, remaining there for thousands of years. Only one Ark remained, the one used by Malekith and his minions when they escaped from the battle.

The Dark Elves invading Asgard

The Ark was used again thousands of years later when Malekith invaded Asgard to retrieve the Aether from Jane Foster. The attack failed and the Dark Elves fled, eventually chasing Foster to Svartalfheim, where Malekith successfully took the Aether from her.

Malekith traveled to Earth, where he tried to destroy the Nine Realms using the Aether. In a battle with the Asgardian prince Thor, Malekith was defeated and both he and his Ark were teleported to Svartalfheim by Erik Selvig's teleportation devices; where Malekith was crushed under the ship's bulk.[2]


The Arks are massive in size and scope, capable of traveling at lightspeed between worlds. They are powered by black holes, which is a common power source in Dark Elf technology. They are equipped with cloaking devices powerful enough to mask themselves even from Heimdall, although not for much time. They also act as carriers, being able to hold several Dark Elf Harrow fighters.


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