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Spoiler Review: THOR: TALES OF ASGARD

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Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011) Directed By: Sam Liu
About a week after Chris Hemsworth graced us with his presence in the MCU, we got a movie about Thor's younger days in Asgard. First of all, let me say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie. Though I do feel like the title is misleading; there really isn't multiple stories, in my opinion, it's more of a "tale" not "tales". But I digress.

Thor is an older teenager in this movie, training to fight with the legendary warriors Einherjar, who, in order to protect his reputation and Odin's, purposefully loses their fights with him, building Thor's cockiness higher and higher. After an argument with Sif, he tries to convince his father Odin to let him go outside of Asgard to try his might. Odin refuses and in response, Thor sneaks away with Loki.
Thor and Loki stowaway on The Warriors Three's ship, where they hope to go on a mighty adventure. Instead, they find the three warriors h…

New TITANS Character Breakdowns - Arsenal Confirmed?

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After Titans completed their main cast with Beast Boy; they're now looking to had some more minor characters. The good folks at That Hashtag Show just revealed four character breakdowns along with some speculation on who those characters are. The character descriptions are down below. Let's dive in!

[DANIEL CROSS] Male, 17-19, Caucasian. Athletic, street smart, cocky, yet charming. His life is changed forever when he crosses a crime fighter and is given a new outlet for his rebellious ways. RECURRING GUEST STAR.
[JENNIFER ANDREWS] Female, 20s/30s, Caucasian. Small town, Midwestern girl gone to Hollywood, Jennifer is a star on the rise. She comes across a doe-eyed, All-American and naive in her approach to her art, and life. Jennifer emulates the classic girl-next-door actors from the 1940’s and 50’s. A bit Stepford-y in her thinking and appearance, Jennifer feels like a woman out of time. RECURRING GUEST STAR.
[CAROLINE] Female, 40s, Caucasian. Forever sleepless with worry, she’…

Review: THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2013)

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How do you make a good movie from a weak script? It's hard, but Thor: The Dark World manages to pull it off; albeit, with very few of the character developments viewers have grown to expect from Marvel.

Once again, the cast is mostly great. The Thor films really get the right folks for the job, and it gives these characters a nice dynamic. Chris Hemsworth IS Thor. He brings all the gravitas to the hero while incorporating a greater sense of maturity to the role. Natalie Portman is good as Jane Foster, though quite underdeveloped by the weak script. Idris Elba is EPIC, Kat Dennings is a comedic genius, and Tom Hiddleston continues to elevate to role of Loki to that of a cinematic stalwart.

The one exception with the cast is Christopher Eccleston's Maleketh, who is sorely underutilized by the script. Maleketh probably takes the cake for worst MCU villain, and it's entirely because his motivation sucks and his tactics are nonsensical. But hey, at least Heimdal got an awesome ac…

REVIEW: HULK (2003)

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Hulk(2003)
Directed By: Ang Lee
Hulk(2003) is the first live action movie that brings the famous green avenger to the big screen. Unfortunately, it sorely does Hulk a true injustice.
Hulk is a hidden marvel of a superhero. He's an extraordinary scientist and doctor as Bruce Banner, who in a mishap with radiation is mutated into an enormous green monster, with super human strength that can increase depending on his rage. He's a hero in both realms of superherodom and in nuclear research. With most story lines however, the transformation from scientist to Hulk greatly limits his communication skills, and sometimes intelligence as the green giant.

I will give Ang Lee tons and tons of credit here. He did wonders with directing this horrendous script. The artistry was astounding with the comic strip feel. The visual effects were fantabulous as well. With a better script, and a better Bruce Banner, I really think this movie could have been a huge success. He really made some strides to …

SHAZAM! Finds Its Shazam in Zachary Levi

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It's been a long time coming. According to The Hollywood ReporterShazam! has finally found its star in Zachary Levi, best known for starring on the television series Chuck (he'll be reprising his role as Fandral in next week's Thor: Ragnarok as well). He'll be playing DC's comic book character Shazam, who is a young boy named Billy Batson, who can become an adult superhero whenever he says the magic word "Shazam!".

Shazam! director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation) later confirmed THR's exclusive by taking to Instagram to make the casting official.
*insert lightning bolt on chest* A post shared by David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) on Oct 27, 2017 at 3:02pm PDT Shazam! is scheduled to begin production sometime in February next year with a release date sometime in 2019. We'll keep you updated on more Shazam! news when we have it!

Review: THOR (2011)

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Looking back at the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is always a fun thing to do. Seeing how the Marvel films have come is still mind-boggling. Today we'll be looking back at the fourth Marvel film, Thor. Is it better than we remember? Or does it fall flat to the newer Marvel movies? Well, lets put the hammer down and find out [sorry]!

Thor begins with a great scene showing us the battle between the Frost Giants and the Asgardians. Anthony Hopkins' narration really makes it feel even more epic. It sets the stage for what we're going to see next. We then jump to an adult Thor getting ready to become king of Asgard. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is a very cocky, brash, and arrogant person. Everything's come easy for him and he thinks he's invincible. He's a lovable jerk, something Marvel seems to do quite often. It does work here though. Hemsworth delivers a great performance here, and his chemistry with Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Those three carry the movie. There…

FLASH SPOILER Review: Episode 4x03 "Luck be a Lady"

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Gareth Evans in Talks to Direct a DEATHSTROKE Movie

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Your favorite mercenary is hitting the big screen! According to The Wrap, The Raid director Gareth Evans is in negotiations with Warner Brothers to make a Deathstroke film. Actor Joe Manganiello is attached to star.

Deathstroke was supposed to be the villain in Ben Affleck'sThe Batman [with Manganiello], but that version of the script was scrapped after Matt Reeves took over the project. For those who don't know Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke is the most feared and respected mercenary in the DC Universe. He's a master tactician, with Special Forces training, along with enhanced strength and speed. His elite training and enhanced physique make him a very dangerous combatant. He's often been an antagonist of the Teen Titans and Batman. He's also been an anti-hero and a member of the Suicide Squad.

Gareth Evans has said in the past that he wouldn't do a PG-13 comic book movie. In PG-13 action, you hide the chaos and fill it with sound. That”s something I can't

Ben Mendelsohn in Talks to Join CAPTAIN MARVEL

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It seems like the rich get richer. Academy Award-Winning actress Brie Larson is set to star as the main character, legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson is set to co-star, and now esteemed actor Ben Mendelsohn is in talks to join Captain Marvel as the main villain.

The news is coming from The Wrap, and they believe that Mendelsohn could be playing the leader of the Skrulls. The film will be set in the 90's with Captain Marvel fighting the shape-shifting aliens with a two-eyed Nick Fury. For more details on that click here. We still don't have an official confirmation from Marvel, but it's pretty much a done deal.

Marvel President Kevin Feige spoke with Indie Wire about their plan moving forward - after the fourth Avengers film. He mentions how Captain Marvel will play a big role in bringing the MCU's current story to a close.We’re really focusing on Captain Marvel and the work that [directors] Anna [Boden] and Ryan [Fleck} are doing,Feige saidIt’s going to be a big part of…

An X-23 Spin-off Movie is in the Works

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Logan remains near the top of the list when it comes to best films of the year. It surpassed all critical and box office expectations, transcending what a superhero movie can be. After the huge success of Logan, director James Mangold is back to work. He's currently writing a spinoff for Laura aka X-23.
We don't have hardly any details as of now, but In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Mangold said the following: We're working on a script. The story would take place after Logan and will have breakout star Dafne Keen reprising her role. Mangold believes that films like Patty Jenkins'Wonder Woman [another film that changed the superhero genre] will help us get more female lead stories. He said:Patty's success with that film only solidifies more for studios that there's less to fear with a female protagonist.The more that keeps getting hit home, that ends up giving me more space turning around and going, ‘Well, here we are with a female protagonist. That’s …

OFFICIAL: 7 Days of THOR: RAGNAROK on Astonishing Marvels

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Thor: Ragnarok is almost upon us. To celebrate the God of Thunder's third film; the crew here at Astonishing Marvels will be bringing you 7 Days of Thor: Ragnarok. Every day we will have original content related to both Thor and the Hulk leading up to Ragnarok's release.
The countdown to Ragnarok begins Saturday, October 28th and ends Friday, November 3rd. We'll have one post per day ending with our review of Thor: Ragnarok! Down below we have a tentative schedule for 7 Days of Thor: Ragnarok on Astonishing Marvels.
Day 1:Thor (2011) Review Day 2:Hulk (2003) Review Day 3:Thor: The Dark WorldReview
Day 4:Thor: Tales of Asgard Review Day 5:Planet Hulk Review
Day 6. The Incredible HulkReview Day 7:Thor: Ragnarok Review
We're excited to look back at both Thor and Hulk's previous adventures as we prepare to go on a brand new one.