It took a total of four additional years since Thor: The Dark World for Thor to catch up with Iron Man and Captain America by adding a third solo movie to the MCU. Between the three members of The Avengers, Thor’s solo movies just continue to get better and more entertaining. Since the first installment, Thor (2011), those movies had a lot of growing up to do. Compared to the rest of the MCU the first two Thor movies are very low in the ranks but what has improved with each one is that Chris Hemsworth continues to get better with his comedic chops and his surrounding world becomes more interesting.
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Ragnarok involves Thor going back to Asgard to deal with a prophecy he had a vision about in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and learns about Loki’s last mischievous behavior and the whereabouts of Odin. From there he has to deal with the people of Asgard becoming instinct with the arrival of a new villain Hela, played by the amazing Cate Blanchet. She has a bone to pick with Odin and Asgard and she is a force to be reckoned with. Before Thor can deal with her he has to escape a planet he was sent to that captures strong warriors and uses them to fight each other for entertainment to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).
Director Taika Waititi, who directed What We Do In The Shadows, brings us one of the funniest installments and probably one of the top five in the entire MCU. The hype definitely adds up from all the advertising you have seen leading up to its release this weekend. Thor movies have a lot more pressure I believe than the rest of The Avengers when you think about it. While still intertwined in the main story with a few lines and references in the overall story, the plot usually is very separate and distance from the main mission that rarely effects the whole scheme of things. With that being said, Thor is no longer an origin story anymore so having a plot that has to do more with him and Asgard instead of driving the story further like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War. With Ragnarok, we finally got a Thor movie that not only connects more to the overall story but has set up some groundwork to a lot to look forward to.
A friend of mine once said to me, “When you’re hanging with a new group of people, and they have all these inner jokes (that seem hilarious to them), but you’re watching from the outside like…I guess I’ll get the context later? If?”.
That feeling is how I feel about Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets. I am watching this movie that is apparently supposed to be a comedy as well as a sci-fi action film, but I barely laughed. Not many chuckles came out either and I am wondering if it’s because I am just not in on the joke. Based on a comic series in France, Luc Besson brings to life the story of Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) who both play operatives who keep the peace of the human territories are assigned to visit Alpha which are the grounds of the blended and mix races from many different planets. At least a thousand of them based on the title. There is a threat to Alpha as well as the universe and it’s up to the pairing of the leads to help stop the threat.
“Spider-Man big screen adaptation take 3” *claps clapperboard
Sony is giving the Spider-Man franchise another go with another semi reboot of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man with the help of Marvel Studios. This time around, Spider-Man has been embedded into the MCU a.k.a Marvel Cinematic Universe. With his brief and scene stealing cameo in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) was introduced and kicked off the start of his involvement into one day becoming an avenger. Up till now, his franchise only has him swinging into crime solving solo, never receiving any assistance with his heroism and now fans get to see him team up with other marvel heroes where he belonged.
Waiting with anticipation for the next Marvel movie to come out, Doctor Strange left me a little underwhelmed after the end of the film. I was very excited to see Doctor Strange mainly because this was a character I knew close to nothing about. To watch a film from a perspective oh having no knowledge from the comics or any other films would be a way to watch the movie with no exceptions. Was that the reason it was underwhelming? I don’t think so.
This week I am revisiting 1986’s take on a Marvel comic character Howard the Duck. It is a movie from my own collection, I do remember the movie, not embarrassed to say that I’ve watched it, but for the life of me I can’t remember why I liked it enough to want to own it. Back then, I had no idea this movie was based on a comic book character. When I saw Howard the Duck in a cameo on Guardians of the Galaxy, I was a bit confused because he looked so different then the look that I remembered. Apparently the duck had a different look to him in the comics. Only reason I can think of is that he looks more familiar in the live action movie because he looks more cartoonish and familiar because he resembles what Donald Duck would look like. This movie had a cult following as it isn’t liked by many people. Didn’t make much at the box office but its cheesy enough to be just enough fun to watch it during a bad movie night with friends. So I am going down memory lane to see why I enjoyed the movie in the first place and see if I can rekindle how I felt about it back then.