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Thor: The Dark World


ImageLet this be a warning.  If you are trying to hop on the Marvel Movie Bandwagon, Marvel Studios will grant you no mercy.  Going into this film, there is an expectation that you have seen all the movies up to The Avengers. If not, good luck understanding much of what is going on in this film.

More so than Iron Man 3, Thor: TDW is a sideways sequel to The Avengers. A couple story lines from The Avengers are carried into this film. The most obvious is Loki’s fate and the ramifications of his actions.  In fact the film opens with Odin sentencing Loki to solitary life in an Asgardian dungeon.

From there we are whisked away to Thor and the Warriors Three defending one of the realms from an invasion.  Then we are taken to London to find Jane Foster trying to get back to a normal life, but still obsessed with Thor.  Back to Asgard and we find a sullen Thor trying to accept that he has to be King, and only wanting to be with Jane. And then back to London where Jane finds a temporal anomaly and gets sucked into another realm, where she comes into contact with the Aether, a mysterious dark force hidden away eons ago by Odin’s father, Bor.

When she makes contact with the Aether, she absorbs it into her body. This does a couple of things. It makes Thor come to Earth to see what the hell happened, and it wakes up Malekith, a dark elf who wants to use it to plunge the universe into darkness. Thor takes Jane to Asgard, and this is where the film really starts to shine.

Malekith and his dark elf army discover that the Aether is in Asgard and attack. Asgard suffers pretty significant losses because they were not prepared.  Thor is forced to team up with Loki to defeat Malekith. Cover_of_The_Mighty_Thor_347

The relationship between Thor and Loki is tumultuous at best, and this film really has fun with it.  Loki is probably the coolest villain in the world.  The banter between Thor and Loki is really quite funny in this film as well.

My only real beef is with the bad guy.  Malekith is kinda boring.  You never really know why he wants to plunge the universe into darkness. He just wants to.  The threat seems bigger than is actually portrayed on the screen.

This is a fun movie.  I really enjoyed it, and recommend it highly.  However, if you have not watched Thor and the Avengers, you may want to do that.

Marvel has once again shown that they get it.  They understand that these characters are great, and are only made better by sharing a universe together.  I have said it before, but that was always the best part about reading the comics.  Knowing that these characters live in the same universe and would interact with each other made reading the stories all the more exciting.  The Marvel cross over events were legendary.  6 or 12 issue mini series that all characters participated in.  One story that affected every hero in the universe.  Secret Wars, Inferno, The Infinity Gauntlet.

Ahhhhh the Infinity Gauntlet.  Let’s talk about that.

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****SPOILERS*****

The mid credit scene  all but announced what Avengers 3 will be.  Some version of the Infinity Gauntlet.  We got a hint of it in the Avengers mid-credit scene, with Thanos smiling when his minion speaks of “courting Death”.  The mid-credit scene in Thor: TDW all but confirms this is where the story is going.

Seriously, stop reading because I am going to tell you.

Still here? Ok.

Sif and Volstagg deliver the Aether to THE COLLECTOR.

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Yes….the COLLECTOR.  He then says, “one down, five to go”.  So the AETHER is an infinity gem.  And we also learn the TESSERACT is an infinity gem.

MARVEL NERDS will note that The Collector was one of the keepers of an infinity gem.  We know that Thanos is alive in this universe.  We know that next summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy has Gamora and Drax, two characters with very close ties to Thanos and have prominent parts in the Infinity Gauntlet.  This is happening.

I seriously cannot wait for Guardians of the Galaxy.

Make Mine Marvel!

The Amazing Spiderman


The more I read about this film, the more confident I am that my decision to not see it is correct.

The biggest problem I see is that he never confronts Uncle Ben’s killer. They disregard almost 50 years of motivation.

I bet Mark Webb (the director) likes Tim Burton’s original Batman for making The Joker his parents killer.

Spiderman is my favorite character of all time and I refuse to pay money to see this film.

/rantoff

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THE AVENGERS


By now I am sure you have heard that Joss Wheedon has managed to deliver an ensemble superhero that doesn’t suck.  That he performed a miracle by containing all the character and ego in one film.  You have heard that The Avengers is the bee’s knees.

I am here to tell you it totally is.

And for the average movie goer, it will become one of their favorites.  And rightly so.  Even without the characters you would still have a great movie with action, drama and tons of humor.  The Avengers is not just a great superhero movie.  It is one of the best, most entertaining movie I have seen at this scale.

But how does it play out for a Marvel Zombie?  It almost hits it out of the park on that level as well.  The overall tone of the film, the threat of the villains, is epic.  And that is how the Avengers story lines always played out.  Sure Captain America and Iron Man has bad guys in their respective books, but as Avengers, they were always taking on galactic level threats.  The film gets that.

And seeing these guys fight side by side, just like I used to imagine when I read the comics…but no longer limited to a great couple panels, is a dream come true.  And the Hulk is by far the star of this film.  This is the best on screen Hulk we have ever had. He shines…and smashes.

It was also great to see Captain America take the leadership role he was destined to have.

If I had to get nit picky ( as fanboys are want to do), it would be regarding the  alien race that Loki uses.  Due to legal bullshit, Marvel cannot use their own Skrulls….a very popular Avengers enemy.  They are replaced with generic aliens ( that at least resemble the Skrulls). The end credit tease, however, more than makes up for it, and tells me that they REALLY wanted to use Skrulls. But that is minor.

And the geek in me would have liked for Captain America to have let loose with the ‘AVENGERS ASSEMBLE” battle cry.

 

 

And let’s talk about the end credit teaser ( there are two this go around…stay until the VERY end).  I wish I could tell you who they are setting up.  But you have to see.  If you are a Marvel zombie, you will squeal like a girl. Marvel has really thrown down the GAUNTLET for the next film. It is clear they are not worried about confusing people with epic, big stories.  They are doing it.  Stories that I read years ago and said “man this would make a great movie”.

I love living in the Marvel Age of Movies.

Ok, if you REALLY want to know, and didnt pick up on that REALLY obvious hint, you can click below.  Or stay spoiler free until you see it.

YES IT IS HIM