In 2988 B.C., the Dark Elves attempted to destroy the Nine Realms by dispelling the Aether through the Convergence, but were thwarted by an Asgardian army led by Bor. Malekith, the leader of the Dark Elves, escaped the battle with his lieutenant Algrim and various other soldiers under his command and waited out the next five thousand years in suspended animation.
Malekith and his kind were awakened when Jane Foster discovered the Aether after being warped to its location by the Convergence, and became its host. Taken to Asgard for treatment, Foster became a target for the Dark Elves. Malekith sent Algrim to Asgard under the guise of a Marauder, and instructed him to weaken the realm's defenses from within, allowing the Dark Elves to attack the realm with little resistance.
Captured by the Asgardians, Algrim was imprisoned in Asgard's dungeons, just as he had planned. Within his cell, Algrim activated a Kurse Stone, transformed him into Kurse, a monstrous berserker, who immediately broke out of his cell and proceeded to cause a massive riot by unleashing the other imprisoned Marauders. Lorelei was among the prisoners released.
While the Asgardians were distracted with the Marauders, Kurse made his way to the royal palace's shield generator, disabling the shield and allowing the Dark Elves access to Asgard. Despite Heimdall's attempts to stop their advance, the Dark Elves descended upon Asgard in a cluster of Harrow ships, which laid waste to the surrounding city and killing dozens of Asgardians. As the Asgardians fired their laser cannons, one ship, ferrying Malekith, crashed directly in the royal palace's throne room. Tracking Jane Foster to the king's chambers, Malekith found Foster being guarded by Frigga, Asgard's queen.
The two dueled briefly, during which Frigga seemed to have the upper hand before their bout was interrupted by Kurse. Malekith then attempted to extract the Aether from Foster, only to find out that she was a holographic illusion created by Frigga. Enraged, Malekith ordered Kurse to execute the queen. At that moment, Thor arrived and went into a rage at seeing his mother being murdered. Firing a blast of lighting with Mjølnir, Thor disfigured Malekith, forcing him and Kurse to flee.
- "I value our people's lives. I'll take Jane to the Dark World and draw the enemy away from Asgard. When Malekith pulls the Aether from Jane, it will be exposed, vulnerable, and I will destroy it and him."
"If you fail, you risk this weapon falling into the hands of our enemies."
"The risk is far greater if we do nothing. His ship could be over our heads right now and we'd never even know it."
- ―Thor and Odin[src]
With the Dark Elves still looming over Asgard, the Asgardians prepared themselves for another battle. Thor, doubting that his people would be able to fare against the Dark Elves in their current state, attempted to convince Odin to lead the Dark Elves away from Asgard using Jane Foster. Odin, blinded by sorrow and hate over the death of his wife, refused to listen, prompting Thor to carry out the mission himself.
Having escaped the Asgardian Dungeons, Lorelei managed to evade capture and made her way to Earth through one of Loki's secret passageways. She would eventually be hunted down by Sif, who allied with S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson and his team to capture Lorelei and return her to Asgard.
Years later, Thor and Rocket Raccoon would eventually travel back to Asgard in 2013 as part of the Time Heist to retrieve the Aether from Jane Foster's body, shortly before the siege, so as to reverse the effects of the Snap.
In chronological order:
- Thor: The Dark World
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Avengers: Infinity War (mentioned)
- Avengers: Endgame Prelude (mentioned)
- Avengers: Endgame (mentioned)