News

“We’re in the ‘Endgame’ Now.”

For the most part, it was just a bunch of bits and pieces as far as news goes. Nothing major happened, but there’s still some interesting tidbits. Let’s get started!

Marvel News

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A Goose-centric Captain Marvel TV spot has been released.

 

 

 

 

In 24 hours the second Endgame trailer was viewed 268 million times making it the second most-viewed trailer of all time with Endgame’s first trailer in the number one spot.

Empire Magazine has released their Avengers: Endgame issue. You can check out the covers and read several interview excerpts below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Feige has given an official name to the first wave of MCU films:

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Writer Stephen McFeely reveals when the snap was supposed to occur:

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Karen Gillan had this to say about Nebula in Endgame:

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Stephen McFeely had this to say about what Thor is doing at the beginning of Endgame:

Thor’s “not blaming anyone but himself” and has “a lot of guilt” for not defeating Thanos.

He also talked about Endgame’s tone in the beginning:

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Kevin Feige had this to say about the original six Avengers in Endgame:

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Scarlett Johansson had this to say about Natasha in Endgame:

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When asked if she’d seen any Endgame footage, she said:

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The Russo Brothers have revealed that some of the footage in the trailers is fake and had this to say about Endgame’s marketing strategy:

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Two new Avengers: Endgame TV spots have been released.  No new footage is included. You can check them out below.

TV Spot 1: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3h4cAU2Jz_Q

TV Spot 2: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SHjiLBx2g0s

Official promo art and posters for Avengers: Endgame has been released.

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A Chinese poster for Avengers: Endgame has been released.

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Disney and Marvel have released the official synopsis for Avengers: Endgame

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Honestly, I’ve never been more scared about a movie in my life!

The Russo Brothers tweeted that the score for Avengers: Endgame has been completed.

During an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, Benedict Wong said that Wong is guarding the Sanctum Sanctorum. It’

During an interview with LA Times about in increasing diversity in the MCU:

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@I_Am_MFR on Twitter has said that Black Widow will be filming from June 1-October 31,

Production Weekly reported that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is expected to start filming in February 2021.

A sneak peek has been released for the season two premiere of Cloak and Dagger has been released.

 

 

Tom Holland teased something on Twitter. No one has any idea what going to happen. It could be Endgame tickets going on sale, the next trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, or a completely different project altogether. No one knows! All we know is it’ll happen:

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The Fox-Disney merger has now been completed but The Hollywood Reporter has said not to expect the X-Men or Fantastic Four to appear in the MCU until 2021 at the earliest. It also looks like Deadpool is the only X-Men character to not be recast.

ACE Comic Con announced that Don Cheadle, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, and Lee Pace will be attending the convention in Seattle on June 28-30, 2019. Tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10 A.M. Pacific.

Megan McDonnell has joined the writing staff for The Vision and Scarlet Witch Disney+ series

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Prop Store in conjunction with Marvel Entertainment will be auctioning off props from Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Iron Fist in August.

Variety reported that Florence Pugh has been cast has the second female lead alongside Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow. Her name was also on the list of front runners revealed by That Hashtag Show.

 

 

 

Non-Marvel Related Projects

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The trailer for Brie Larson’s directorial debut Unicorn Store has been released. It’ll be available to stream on Netflix on April 5, 2019.

 

HN Entertainment reported that Sherlock Holmes 3 will be set in the Old West.

Geek Vibes News reported that production will start in January 2020.

The DisInsider reported that Taika Waititi will be voicing a bounty hunter droid in The Mandalorian, a new Star Wars show for the Disney + streaming service. He has also directed an episode of the series which will premiere later this year.

Deadline reported that Anthony Mackie has been cast in season five of the Netflix series Black Mirror.

A new Detective Pikachu TV spot has been released.

 

 

 

 

 

Deadline reported that Michael Rooker will star in Monster Problems. He’ll play “Clyde, an expert hunter who teaches Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien) how to survive the Monster Apocalypse.”

The Hollywood Reporter reported that Idris Elba will be starring in Mouse Guard based on the comics by Boom Studios. You can read what it’s about below:

“Based on the comics and graphic novel by David Petersen, Mouse Guard is a set in a medieval world and tells of an order of mice who are the sworn protectors of their realm. Enemies range from predators such as foxes and eagles to other rodents.”

He’ll play an character similar to Obi-Wan Kenobi named Celanawe “who was once a legendary champion and now thought long gone.”

Andy Serkis has been cast as the villain, “the Guard’s blacksmith known as Midnight who turns against it.”

Production is expected to start in May.

Giveaway

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Omaze has another Avengers: Endgame giveaway. This time you and a friend could win the chance to attend the Avengers: Endgame premiere with Danai Gurira. All you have to do is donate to Almasi Arts Alliance. You can find more details here:

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That’s all for this week. Type at ya later!

Over and out,

Captain Stark

 

 

Movie Reviews

Thor: Ragnarok Review

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok. Proceed with caution!3A95EA78-5116-40E0-A2BD-261CE8D29DF3

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to review all the films in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. These are some of my all-time favorites, and I can watch them over and over again without getting bored. I’ve decided to start off this project by reviewing one of my favorites: Thor: Ragnarok.

Marvel Studio’s Thor: Ragnarok was released on November 3, 2017, in the United States. It stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. It’s rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language, and brief suggestive themes.

Ragnarok easily makes my list of Top Ten Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies. It’s everything I didn’t know I needed from a Thor movie including great comedy, colorful visuals, awesome action sequences, and amazing character development from several of its main characters, as well as the introduction of several new characters.

In the latest and greatest Thor installment, Thor has been captured by the evil god Surtur (Clancy Brown), who tells him about the coming of Ragnarok, a catastrophic event that will destroy Asgard. Determined to put a stop to Ragnarok, Thor assembles his superhero team, the Revengers, a group that includes Loki, Bruce Banner/Hulk, and a former Valkyrie to help him save Asgard from complete destruction. There are many obstacles standing in their way including Thor and Loki’s evil sister, Hela, the Goddess of Death, and the Grandmaster, the tyrannical ruler of the planet Sakaar. After Thor and Loki find themselves stranded on Sakaar, Thor and Loki must work together to escape Sakaar, return home, and defeat Hela so that Thor can take his place as Asgard’s rightful King.

Ragnarok may be the Thor trilogy’s conclusion, but instead, it feels like a fresh start for the franchise with it being completely different in tone from either Thor or The Dark World. The previous installments in the series were darker and more dramatic, while Ragnarok’s bright colors felt like a Thor comic come to life. It’s nonstop and sometimes cheesy humor makes it feel like a superhero movie and a sitcom combined. Strong performances from the amazing cast also made the movie enjoyable to watch.

I’ve always loved Chris Hemsworth as Thor, but this time around, not only did I enjoy his performance I also really enjoyed Thor as a character. In the past, Thor has been arrogant and at times angry and brooding, and tends to be a more serious character overall. Ragnarok shows a different side of Thor than has been seen in both previous Thor movies and Avengers. He’s grown a lot in terms of humility and much of the movie’s humor comes from him. Chris’s sense of humor is given a chance to in scenes like “Get Help” and “The Snake Story,” which were both improvised.

Whether you love or hate him, Tom Hiddleston’s masterful portrayal of Loki, the God of Mischief, has always been interesting to watch. He’s still mischievous and chaotic, and most of the time I wasn’t sure whose side he was on. Though he seems to be closer to becoming a hero than he ever has been before, he still tries to double-cross Thor and Bruce as they’re trying to escape Grandmaster’s mansion. After Thor catches Loki in his trickery, he challenges Loki to be something more than just the God of Mischief. Loki takes Thor’s challenge to heart when he returns home to fight alongside his brother to save Asgard. This is a development in the brother’s relationship I didn’t know I needed or even wanted to see. After years of being enemies, it was exciting to finally see them reconcile. It left me wanting more of their improved relationship.

Even Odin (Anthony Hopkins) was more enjoyable to watch in this one. I especially enjoyed the scene where Loki was ruling Asgard disguised as Odin. I thought it was one of the funniest moments in the movie. Odin’s still a total jerk for not telling Thor and Loki about their evil sister, Hela, but I loved how he finally acknowledges Loki as his son and shows up to give Thor guidance when he needs it most.

Since last seeing him in Age of Ultron, Bruce (Mark Ruffalo) has been stranded on Sakaar and trapped for two years inside his alter ego, Hulk. He has been forced to take part in Grandmaster’s Contest of Champions where he fights contenders to the death for Grandmaster’s amusement. During his time on Sakaar, Hulk has developed the speech and temperament of a five-year-old. For me, the Hulk is a more interesting character now that he can say things beyond “Hulk Smash!”

After finally regaining control of Hulk, Bruce tells Thor he’s afraid that the next time he Hulks out, he might never turn back. For most of the movie, Thor tries his best to keep Bruce calm so that his fear of permanently becoming Hulk doesn’t come true. In the end, Bruce Hulks-out again when he realizes Hulk’s abilities are more suited to saving Asgard than his own.

Ragnarok has several villains but the one that stands out the most is Cate Blanchett’s Hela. Since Loki took center stage as the big bad in Avengers, Marvel has had trouble creating strong, memorable villains for their cinematic universe. Hela helps solve this problem and gives her brother some stiff competition. The Goddess of Death proves she’s not to be messed with when she destroys Thor’s hammer Mjolnir and upon entering Asgard, she kills the Warriors Three in quick succession. She’s ruthless and shows no mercy to those who stand in the way of getting what she wants: Her right as Odin’s firstborn to rule the realm of Asgard. She’s evil and gets a kick out of being as evil as she can possibly be.

To help carry out her evil plans, Hela recruits Skurge (Karl Urban) as her executioner. Every TV show or movie needs a lovable idiot and Skurge fits the bill in Ragnarok. He had some funny moments, but his spinelessness made him my least favorite character in the movie.

When compared with Hela, Grandmaster doesn’t seem like as bad of a villain. Jeff Goldblum is so funny in this role that I forget I’m actually supposed to hate him. Though the fun and games end when he doesn’t get what he wants and often executes people, both for sport and when people don’t do his bidding. Despite his villainy, he was a fun character and I hope he shows up again in a future movie.

Since being removed from his post as Guard of the Bifrost Bridge for committing treason against Asgard (Again!), Heimdall (Idris Elba) has been on the run and is helping protect Asgardian refugees from Hela’s rule. He helps Thor and the Revengers get off Sakaar and together they defeat Hela and get the Asgardians safely away from Asgard before Ragnarok happens.

Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) was another character I look forward to seeing more of in the future. She’s a fierce warrior who’s trying to drink her painful past away. Unfortunately, with so much going on and so many supporting characters, there wasn’t much time given to learn much about her other than what was shown when Loki was forcing her to relive some painful memories. I hope we learn more about her past as a Valkyrie and that Marvel takes the time to give her the character arc she deserves.

Director Taika Waititi lends his acting skills to bringing Korg, an alien creature made out of rocks to life. Korg’s hysterical and he never fails to say or do something amusing whenever he shows up. Here’s hoping he gets to help lead the revolution against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.

Stan Lee’s cameo in Ragnarok is one of his funniest and unfortunately one of his last. I always enjoyed his brief appearances and wonder how Marvel will commemorate him in future movies. Maybe they can put Stan’s picture up in random places so that his cameos can still continue long after he sadly passed away last year. Whatever they choose to do, Stan Lee’s memory will live on in the many characters he helped create, but one thing’s for sure, he will be missed.

Another interesting cameo in Ragnarok was that of Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) It was great seeing Strange in the same room with Thor and Loki. The few minutes of screen time they had together left me wanting more. I’d especially love to see a Loki and Dr. Strange team up. The few seconds they had together weren’t enough for my liking. Who knows? Maybe Dr. Strange will show up in the Loki series, but for now, those few seconds will have to be enough.

Marvel is known for their mid/end credit scenes that help set up the next movie in the series. In the most foreboding mid-credit scene ever, The Asgardian’s victorious escape is short-lived when their ship runs into Thano’s ship. From the look of terror on Loki’s face, all won’t be well for long. This scene leads right into Avengers: Infinity War, and even though I know the devastation that happens next, it still fills me with dread no matter how many times I watch it.

Aside from the heart-dropping mid-credit scene, Thor: Ragnarok one of Marvel’s best and funniest films they’ve released so far. It’s definitely one worth watching again and again. I hope Marvel plans to make more Thor movies in the future and departs from their usual trilogy format. I feel like there are more stories to tell in Thor’s intergalactic universe, especially with the complete change in tone, and the introduction of new characters. It will be interesting to see what Marvel chooses to do with characters, both old and new, going forward.