COOL CHARACTER POSTERS & MORE – Thor: Love & Thunder!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

It’s funny how things come full circle. Way back in the early days of The MCU, when the first Thor movie was about to hit the big screen, the Thor comic book was one of my favorite series. Written by Jason Aaron, with gorgeous art by creators like Esad Ribic and Russell Dauterman, their Thor run is already a modern classic. Without a doubt, my favorite work on the character. Which is high praise because their have been some absolutely killer Thor stories over the years.

2011’s Thor had just been released and I remember thinking: “Gorr The God Butcher would be such a cool villain to see in a Thor movie! But that’s never going to happen.”. Oh, young and naive Paul…

Peter Quill and the rest of The Guardians of The Galaxy will be joining Thor on his latest adventure.

Now we live in a golden age of comic book films! Where some of the most bizarre, bat-shit crazy characters and concepts are given the spotlight. Anything goes. The MCU dove head first into some of the most insane elements in rich history of Marvel Comics. 20 years ago, not even in the wildest dreams of comic book fans, would we have imagined seeing The Avengers, Rocket & Groot, Wakanda, Doctor Strange and The Illuminati, fucking Moon Knight(?!), brought to life by some of the best actors and filmmakers in Hollywood. It still blows my mind that Thanos is a household name!

Now we’re just a few weeks away from the premiere of Thor: Love & Thunder. As I mentioned before about things coming full circle, Thor is now the only MCU hero with a 4th solo film. Not only is Gorr the movie’s antagonist, he’s also played by Christian Fucking Bale! Love & Thunder seem to be drawing heavily from Jason Aaron’s excellent Thor where I first met Gorr The God Butcher in the comics all those years ago. Jane Foster picking up Thor’s hammer in becoming her own version of The Mighty Thor was an enormous part of Aaron’s Thor magnum opus. I know some people have been turned off by this story development with Jane, but trust me, if it’s even half as cool as it is in the comics, it’s going to be fucking awesome. It’s important to note that Jane isn’t replacing Thor. She’s becoming A Thor, not THE Thor. Chris Hemsworth’s Thor Odinson isn’t going anywhere.

Anyway as we look forward to the films released, Marvel has released some very cool new character posters for you guys to check out. Take a look below…

So, are you excited to see Christian Bale as Gorr The God Butcher? How do you feel about Jane Foster wielding the mighty Mijonir? Let me know in the comments section or any of our social media platforms!

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NEW TRAILER – Thor: Love & Thunder!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

Wow, this brings me back. Another milestone! With this being the 5 Year Anniversary of World’s Best Media and The World’s Best Podcast, the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok was one of my first posts ever! As we move into June, we have some exciting anniversary content planned, so stay tuned! Anyway on to Thor: Love and Thunder

The new trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder has dropped! This looks so cool. I love Christian Bale as Gorr The God Butcher, Natalie Portman looks great as “The MIghty Thor”. Gorr The God Butcher, Jane wielding Mjonir as ”The Mighty Thor”, and several other visual and story elements seem to indicate that this film is drawing heavily from the work of Marvel writer, Jason Aaron. In fact, one of the images seen in the trailer is pulled straight from an issue of Thor: God of Thunder, which featured the Gorr The God Butcher storyline, written by Jason Aaron with art by Esad Ribic, as you can see below.

Which only makes my more excited, because Aaron’s 7-year Thor run is by far my favorite work done on the character. This one is gonna be really good. Check it out…

So what do you think of the new trailer for Thor: Love & Thunder? Are you excited for the movie? What do you think of Christian Bale’s Gorr? Let me know in the comments below or on social media!

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FIRST LOOK: Thor: Love & Thunder!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

We finally got our first look at Thor: Love and Thunder, with these new character posters and this AWESOME teaser trailer posted below!

Pretty great, right? A teaser trailer is supposed to get viewers excited to see the movie, without giving the whole story away. So by that definition, this did its job and then some.

One of the things I’m really excited about in this film is seeing Jane Foster become The Mighty Thor. I had a few people tell me that they didn’t really like this new story idea. While Natalie Portman has always been fine in the role, I don’t think she is a stand out character in the minds of many fans. We change is so much justified. But let me tell you this storyline is fucking awesome! Jane Foster wielding Mjolnir and becoming The Mighty Thor was one of the best storylines in Marvel Comics over the last 10 years. If the film can manage to tap into even half of how cool this character can be and how fascinating her story is, we have a lot of reasons to be excited. So I encourage people to keep an open mind. We still have our classic Thor. He’s not going anywhere. There just happens to be more than one Thor in Love and Thunder. On that note, I’m sure there are plenty of fans out there who aren’t familiar with the comics, who may have been a little bit confused by her sudden appearance as another Thor at the end of this teaser. The video below does a good job of answering some of you’re burning questions and works as a solid primer to give you the basics surrounding Jane Foster AKA The Mighty Thor! Take a look…

Thor: Love and Thunder opens July 8th.

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Movie Review: Annihilation (Very Little Spoilers)

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Annihilation dir. Alex Garland

Review by Paul Wright

Adapting a book to another medium is tricky thing to pull off. The general audience consensus when it comes to filming a good books is: “The book was better.” Or some other iteration of that. People said for years that Lord of the Rings Trilogy was “unfilmable” and those movie ended up becoming Oscar winning classics. Harry Potter is another impressive book to film series. But as good as those movies are, at their best amazing and at their worst still very good, they often gloss over important, subtle, nuanced character moments that make the novels the pieces of legitimately excellent literature that they are. Then there’s HBO’s adaptation of Game of Thrones, which pulled the Fantasy genre into the mainstream even more than the Lord of the Rings films. I’m also of the opinion that the Game of Thrones TV series is the almost unheard of case where the adaptation is better than the already excellent source material. Then there are the out right failures like The Dark Tower. It’s a difficult balancing act for any filmmaker. Which is why I was so curious to see how Annihilation, the first book in a trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer, would be adapted to the big screen.

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After an unknown object fell out of the sky and crashed at remote lighthouse, a series of events begins that could eventually threaten the entire planet. A bizarre event causes a large portion of an national park and a seaside community to be covered in an alien looking energy bubble, dubbed “The Shimmer”. Everything inside “The Shimmer”, referred to as Area X, is being subjected to bizarre and unexplainable changes, including anyone caught inside “The Shimmer” as it spread never coming out again. A government organization called “The Southern Reach” has been charged with overseeing and dealing with this unique problem. Since the initial impact, the phenomena has defied understanding at The Southern Reach. Any attempts to study the phenomena at a distance with electronic equipment simply won’t work. Attempts to send teams in to investigate have ended in failure when no one ever returns. Natalie Portman plays Lena, a biologist with a military background and one of those missing teams included her husband, Kane (Oscar Issacs). That is until after being thought dead for over a year, he inexplicably shows up at their home with absolutely no answers to where he’s been and what happened to him. He quickly grows extremely ill, which is the impetus for Natalie Portman to go into Area X to try to understand what happened to her husband. Area X is slowly growing outward, which is not good. So when a new team is being sent in, her background and motivation make her a welcome addition to the mission.

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Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy (as all 3 books are collectively referred to) by Jeff Vandermeer is one of the best science fiction stories I had ever read. It’s incredibly unique and thought provoking without providing clear, easy answers to what exactly is happening (in a good way). When a film adaptation in the works was announced, a director had been announced as attached to the project as well, Alex Garland. Had it been another director, I would have been worried that this was a difficult story to turn into a film. But Alex Garland directed Ex Machina, an absolutely fantastic sci-fi film. He also wrote 28 Days Later and Dredd, among other things. It seemed like a match made in heaven, an excellent sci-fi director adapting an excellent sci-fi book. Unfortunately, Annihilation doesn’t nearly reach the heights of it’s source material or Garland’s last film, Ex Machina.

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It’s by no means a terrible film. There are some cool and interesting scenes and I enjoyed seeing this world and these characters being brought to life. I think the problem was that some stories just don’t work as well outside of their original medium. The movie is pretty loyal to the book. It doesn’t wildly deviate from the original story. So, I wasn’t sure at first why the movie didn’t really work.

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For example, in the book the team of characters that go on the expedition into Area X have an almost anonymous quality to them. They’re cyphers that we learn more about throughout the book and the rest of the trilogy. But that doesn’t really work on film because now you have a group of characters that are difficult to care about and therefore there’s less of a sense of urgency for their survival. You’re just not as invested in them. The actors are all fine, Natalie Portman is ok in the lead role. Jennifer Jason Lee and Tessa Thompson are both perfectly serviceable in their roles. The movie also lacks the surreal sense of dread that constantly permeates the story in the book.

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To be fair there is one pretty creepy and interesting scene that’s probably the best sequence in the film. I won’t spoil it here but it’s the closest the movie comes to capturing the spirit of the book.

If you’re a fan of the books and have the time and money to do so, you could do a lot worse than to see this film. The movie does have enough meat on it to be interesting for someone who has read the series. I’d say at the very least, check it out on Blu-ray or digital when it does come out, just to fulfill any curiosity you may have as a fan of the book. To anyone else I can’t say I would recommend this movie. It’s not particularly memorable or interesting, which is a real shame. It’s always good to see great science fiction pop up in films, unfortunately this is not one of them. I definitely recommend reading the trilogy of books if you haven’t because they are quite excellent. Annihilation is ultimately a fascinating failure from a filmmaker that has incredible potential. Despite this hiccup, I still think Alex Garland is definitely a director to keep an eye on.

Annihilation is in theatres now

Annihilation: C

Thanks for reading!

—Paul

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