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Thor | Ragnarok

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It is said of Thor | Ragnarok that director Taika Waititi allowed his cast to improvise wildly on set. Re-watching the movie, it is obvious this is true. The film is almost as fun as the Guardians of the Galaxy installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has a villain in Cate Blanchett’s Hela that is far superior to any adversary the Guardians faced. Add to the mix a truly wonderful character in Valkyrie and you have all the ingredients of a superior superhero film if…

… you ignore the fact that the deus ex machina at end of the movie and the salvation of the Asgardian people is, essentially, the exact same one utilized at the conclusion of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

This movie is a significant set up for Infinity War, far more a lead in than Black Panther, which immediately precedes it. It also is significant fun in its own right. Far superior to Thor: The Dark WorldRagnarok is more confident and knows what it wants to accomplish. It closes a number of plot lines while advancing others. Great movie. Great performances. Great fun.

(But it does have THE WORST soundtrack – bracketing Immigrant Song – of all the Marvel movies – it is really bad)

Thor | Ragnarok is a terrifically fun movie and, when it opened last fall, I gave it FOUR and a HALF AIR CRAZY CAMEOS out of a possible FIVE. 


KEY INTRODUCTIONS:

  • Scourge
  • Hela, Goddess of Death, sister of Thor and Loki
  • Valkyrie
  • The Grandmaster
  • Korg
  • Thor’s new “Thunder” power

CONNECTION(S) TO ENDGAME:

  • Thor starts the film by informing the audience what he has been doing since we last saw him: he has been searching for the Infinity Stones and he has not found any.
  • Thor has an extended (albeit utterly unnecessary) conversation with Doctor Strange.
  • “Fake” Infinity Gauntlet – apparently the gauntlet that Odin has (along with some other trinkets in his trophy room) are fake. When Hela gives Scourge a tour, they also pass the Tesseract – the Space Stone – one of the Infinity Stones Thanos will pursue in Infinity War. Did Loki steal it before the destruction of Asgard, by-the-way?
  • Oh, so this is where the Hulk has been!
  • We know from Infinity War that things for the Asgardian refugees did not go well.

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Countdown to ENDGAME | Thor The Dark World


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THOR | THE DARK WORLD

Thor The Dark World

Thor the Dark World is not a very good superhero movie. It is not a very good movie overall, actually, and I think I missed that fact when I first saw it because I was simply too amazed that Thor was getting a second film. I am still amazed by that.

The film is uneven. The tone flips wildly between grand seriousness and slapstick comedy. It attempts to recapture the fish-out-of-water conceit of the first movie, this time taking Jane Foster to Asgard as the self-safe fish. It wastes great performances (and a few good ones). It is just about everything we have come to hate about superhero films: set pieces that exist because they look cool (floating semi trucks, anyone?), battles that rage on and on, an unsatisfying concluding fight between hero and villain.

Thor The Dark World just does not work. And it has not aged well at all. And the CGI is bad. And… well, you get the picture.

However, it does do some critical world building for Avengers Infinity War.

When I reviewed Thor The Dark World four years ago, I was way too forgiving – somehow in a haze of excitement about superhero movies that had not waned as yet, I gave it FOUR HAMMER TOSSES out of a possible FIVEAs I noted, that’s far too generous.


KEY INTRODUCTIONS:

  • The Collector

CONNECTION(S) TO INFINITY WAR:

  • The Aether is revealed to be one of the Infinity Stones that Thanos used to destory half of all life in Infinity War. It is the Reality Stone.
  • Taneleer Tivan, the Collector (played by Benicio del Toro) is introduced when Volstagg and Lady Sif deliver the Aether to him. I was surprised to see him in Infinity War!
  • Volstagg confirms that the Tesseract from Avengers is itself and Infinity Stone – the Tesseract is the Space Stone.
  • Thor has returned, permanently it seems, to Earth at the end of the film so he will be on hand for Avengers Age of Ultron. 

AVENGERS | ENDGAME IS COMING

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Countdown to INFINITY… Thor | Ragnarok


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ONE A WEEK UNTIL Avengers Infinity War opens in May!

Captain America: The First Avenger | Iron Man | The Incredible Hulk| Iron Man II Thor | The Avengers | Iron Man 3 | Thor: The Dark World | Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Ant-Man | Captain America: Civil War | Doctor Strange | Spider-Man: Homecoming | Thor: Ragnarok | Black Panther

Week Seventeen: Thor | Ragnarok

Thor Rag

It is said of Thor | Ragnarok that director Taika Waititi allowed his cast to improvise wildly on set. Re-watching the movie, it is obvious this is true. The film is almost as fun as the Guardians of the Galaxy installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has a villain in Cate Blanchett’s Hela that is far superior to any adversary the Guardians faced. Add to the mix a truly wonderful character in Valkyrie and you have all the ingredients of a superior superhero film if…

… you ignore the fact that the deus ex machina at end of the movie and the salvation of the Asgardian people is, essentially, the exact same one utilized at the conclusion of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

This movie is a significant set up for Infinity War, far more a lead in than Black Panther, which immediately precedes it. It also is significant fun in its own right. Far superior to Thor: The Dark WorldRagnarok is more confident and knows what it wants to accomplish. It closes a number of plot lines while advancing others. Great movie. Great performances. Great fun.

(But it does have THE WORST soundtrack – bracketing Immigrant Song – of all the Marvel movies – it is really bad)

Thor | Ragnarok is a terrifically fun movie and, when it opened last fall, I gave it FOUR and a HALF AIR CRAZY CAMEOS out of a possible FIVE. 


KEY INTRODUCTIONS:

  • Scourge
  • Hela, Goddess of Death, sister of Thor and Loki
  • Valkyrie
  • The Grandmaster
  • Korg
  • Thor’s new “Thunder” power

CONNECTION(S) TO INFINITY WAR:

  • Thor starts the film by informing the audience what he has been doing since we last saw him: he has been searching for the Infinity Stones and he has not found any.
  • Thor has an extended (albeit utterly unnecessary) conversation with Doctor Strange.
  • “Fake” Infinity Gauntlet – apparently the gauntlet that Odin has (along with some other trinkets in his trophy room) are fake. When Hela gives Scourge a tour, they also pass the Tesseract – the Space Stone – one of the Infinity Stones Thanos will pursue in Infinity War. Did Loki steal it before the destruction of Asgard, by-the-way?
  • Oh, so this is where the Hulk has been!
  • Clearly the Asgardian refugees encounter Thanos’ ship and, well, given that Thor ends up flying through space until he slams into the Milano, the ship of the Guardians of the Galaxy, things do not seem to go well.

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Countdown to INFINITY… Thor The Dark World


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ONE A WEEK UNTIL Avengers Infinity War opens in May!

Captain America: The First Avenger | Iron Man | The Incredible Hulk| Iron Man II Thor | The Avengers | Iron Man 3 | Thor: The Dark World | Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Ant-Man | Captain America: Civil War | Doctor Strange | Spider-Man: Homecoming | Thor: Ragnarok | Black Panther

Week Eight: THOR THE DARK WORLD

Thor The Dark World

Thor the Dark World is not a very good superhero movie. It is not a very good movie overall, actually, and I think I missed that fact when I first saw it because I was simply too amazed that Thor was getting a second film. I am still amazed by that.

The film is uneven. The tone flips wildly between grand seriousness and slapstick comedy. It attempts to recapture the fish-out-of-water conceit of the first movie, this time taking Jane Foster to Asgard as the self-safe fish. It wastes great performances (and a few good ones). It is just about everything we have come to hate about superhero films: set pieces that exist because they look cool (floating semi trucks, anyone?), battles that rage on and on, an unsatisfying concluding fight between hero and villain.

Thor The Dark World just does not work. And it has not aged well at all. And the CGI is bad. And… well, you get the picture.

However, it does do some critical world building for Avengers Infinity War.

When I reviewed Thor The Dark World four years ago, I was way too forgiving – somehow in a haze of excitement about superhero movies that had not waned as yet, I gave it FOUR HAMMER TOSSES out of a possible FIVEAs I noted, that’s far too generous.


KEY INTRODUCTIONS:

  • The Collector

CONNECTION(S) TO INFINITY WAR:

  • The Aether is revealed to be one of the Infinity Stones that Thanos will be seeking in Infinity War. It is the Reality Stone.
  • Taneleer Tivan, the Collector (played by Benicio del Toro) is introduced when Volstagg and Lady Sif deliver the Aether to him.
  • Volstagg confirms that the Tesseract from Avengers is itself and Infinity Stone – the Tesseract is the Space Stone.
  • Thor has returned, permanently it seems, to Earth at the end of the film so he will be on hand for Avengers Age of Ultron. 

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And There Came A Countdown To INFINITY…

Avengers Infinity War will open on May 4. Let me go out on a limb here: it will be one of the most successful movies of all time. I cannot wait for it.

You are among the millions who have watched the trailer, right? No? Take a moment. Click below. I will wait.

Okay, the question is: how do you get ready for Avengers Infinity War? What should you do and how should you do it?

We here at And There Came A Day are here for you. Last week, I saw a a tweet that suggested that, if you watch one Marvel movie a week beginning in the first week of 2018 and screen a subsequent Marvel film weekly, you will complete your preparations the very week Infinity War opens.

I intend to follow the schedule below (which in NOT the order in which the movies were released, but the order in which they took place) and post my reviews weekly.

We will see how it goes… I suspect it will go very well.

Get ready, world, for the Avengers to assemble again!

January 1 – 7:  Captain America: The First Avenger

January 8 – 14:  Iron Man

January 15 – 21:  The Incredible Hulk

January 22 – 28:  Iron Man 2

January 29 – February 4:  Thor

February 5 – 11:  The Avengers

February 12 – 18:   Iron Man 3

February 19 – 25:  Thor: The Dark World

February 26 – March 4:  Captain America: The Winter Soldier

March 5 – 11:  Guardians of the Galaxy

March 12 – 18:  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

March 19 – 25:  Avengers: Age of Ultron

March 26 – April 1:  Ant-Man

April 2 – 8:  Captain America: Civil War

April 9 – 15:  Doctor Strange

April 16 – 22:  Spider-Man: Homecoming

April 23 – 29:  Thor: Ragnarok

April 30 – May 6:  Black Panther

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 231 DAYS

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Counting down the 231 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

NO, THAT’S NOT TRUE… THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE!

Honoring Avengers Age of Ultron opening today comes this article from Entertainment Weekly about a very strange Star Wars homage that seems to run through the Marvel movies. Minor, minor spoiler alert: I can report (as I am just back from a screening of Age of Ultron as I write this Countdown) that the streak of amputations continues in this film as well!

image from Entertainment Weekly.

image from Entertainment Weekly.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Star Wars Long-Ago Faraway Galaxy have a lot in common. Both contain dashing heroes with cool powers. Both are owned by Disney, much like your childhood and your future. And both feature copious sequences where someone gets a hand chopped off. This curious recurring motif is actually an elaborate homage, according to Marvel Studios’ head honcho Kevin Feige.

As Feige revealed in an interview with Cinema Blend, every Marvel Studios movie in the post-Avengers Phase 2 era features a scene where somebody loses a hand. According to Feige, this wasn’t initially intentional; the first hand chopped off was Guy Pearce’s in Iron Man 3, during the part of Iron Man 3 you totally forgot about where everyone starts glowing and all the Iron Men do Iron Man stuff. Then Thor’s hand got chopped off in Thor: The Dark World, until it turned out it was all a hallucination.

The most specific homage was arguably Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where Bucky loses an arm and gets it replaced with a Skywalker-brand robo-appendage. And in Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora hacks off both of Groot’s arms, although they eventually grow back, because nothing ever really dies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Besides Rene Russo.)

Feige implies that even talking about this homage is a spoiler for Ant-Man. Intriguingly, Feige also claims that the Star Wars homage was intended, at least in part, to establish Phase 2 as Marvel’s Empire Strikes Back. So, Ewoks in Phase 3? 

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What Do YOU Need To Know Before Age Of Ultron?

UltronAvengers: Age of Ultron opens in just over two weeks. People like me have been ready for this since the last frame of Avengers un-spooled three summers ago. People like… most everyone else in the movie going public … are looking forward to the movie, too, I am sure, but they may not have hung on all the details and minutiae between the two movies. So, as a public service, here’s all you need to know!

IRON MAN WAS WORSE, IS BETTER

After saving New York from an alien invasion in Avengers, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, jr) further committed to a romantic relationship with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow )went through a rough stretch of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, saved the life of the President of the United States, fought alongside Iron Patriot (Don Cheadle), and hired former SHIELD agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) to work for Stark Industries. He also destroyed all his Iron Man armors. All this happened in Iron Man 3 (reviewed HERE). He seems to have fully recovered from PTSD and has built new armors judging from The Age of Ultron previews. We may or may not see Pepper in the movie but we know we will see Iron Patriot.

CAPTAIN AMERICA HAS A HARD LIFE

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (reviewed HERE)Cap found out that S.H.I.E.L.D. was infiltrated for years by Hydra, a Nazi off-shoot, and had to destroy the organization. He also discovered his best friend, Bucky Barnes, who was thought to be killed during World War II was actually still alive. Good news? No, because Bucky had become Soviet super assassin The Winter Soldier who beat Cap in battle at the end of Winter Soldier. Rough life, Cap. I bet you liked the mid-20th century better.

S.H.I.E.L.D. IS NO MORE

Following the events of Captain America: The Winter Solider, the covert spy organization no longer exists in the form it had in previous Marvel movies. Though some agents are trying to hold it together, S.H.I.E.L.D (and erstwhile director Nick Fury [Samuel L. Jackson] who has let the world think him dead since the end of The Winter Soldier), is not the force it once was. “So what’s with that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D show? It shows the activities of former S.H.I.E.L.D agents, led by fan-favorite and new S.H.I.E.L.D Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) trying to keep the group running. No word on whether Coulson (who died in Avengers, remember?) or any of his team will make an appearance.

THOR SAVED THE WORLD. 

In Thor: The Dark World (reviewed HERE), everyone’s favorite, hunky Asgardian Thor (Chris Hemsworth) saved the world but lost his mother. Oh and he fought Loki, his brother, again. And Loki kind of won. But Thor doesn’t really know it. Don’t expect to see Loki in Age of Ultron. We’ll see him again in Thor: Ragnarok in a few years.

THERE ARE MIRACLES IN THE WORLD

The “stinger” scene after The Winter Soldier introduced us to “the twins” who were called “miracles” by a character named Baron Von Strucker (I suspect his movie backstory will come in Age of Ultron). These two are the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). There is a massively complicated comic book history here, but all you need to know is this: they are powerful “miracles” who will play a big role in the movie. They are not “mutants.” That term, along with those characters most associated with it – The X-Men – is owned by Fox.

TONY STARK MADE A BIG MISTAKE

In the comics, Ultron is created by an Avenger: Hank Pym also known as Ant-Man. Now, Ant-Man isn’t in Age of Ultron. He’s got his own movie coming out in July and Hank Pym in that film is not a contemporary of the Avengers as he’s played by Michael Douglas. Ignore all that. This movie features Tony Stark creating something that lead to Ultron. Nice work, Tony.

J.A.R.V.I.S. MIGHT HAVE  A BIG MOMENT

J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just Another Really Very Intelligent System) is the computer system that is the I.T. behind Iron Man. Edwin Jarvis, as established in Agent Carter, was Howard Stark’s butler whom, presumably, Tony Stark knew as a child. J.A.R.V.I.S. is voiced by actor Paul Bettany. Paul Bettany is playing android superhero The Vision in Age of Ultron. Is it possible that J.A.R.V.I.S. becomes The Vision?

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