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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What I Want to See: Grogu the Gray Jedi

There’s going to be some spoilers for the Mandalorian season 2 finale, so you’ve been warned.

With the wrap up of season 2 of the Mandalorian we’ve seen Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) go off with Luke Skywalker. So in season 2 we learned that he was a Jedi youngling when Anakin slaughtered them, and now he’s going off with Luke to be trained, presumably alongside Ben Solo (the future Kyle Ren).

That is a lot of darkness surrounding the cute and cuddly character. He doesn’t have a great start—through no fault of his own— to a life as a Jedi. In addition to all of that there is clearly a conflict in him, one that we have seen before in Star Wars, that of emotional attachment. These elements, personally make me want to see Grogu be a Gray Jedi.

We’ve seen Gray Jedi before, but we’ve also seen people who would probably have been better if they hadn’t fought their nature, like Anakin. Emotional attachment is such a fundamental conflict within Star Wars, and I think letting Grogu handle that in a less binary more healthy manner will be cool.

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In addition to wanting to see Grogu go the way of a Gray Jedi, I also think he gives the storytellers an interesting opportunity to anchor the future Star Wars (both our future but also the stuff happening after the original trilogy) within the canon.

Yoda’s species ages at such a slow rate, that they have an opportunity to oversee or participate in such a wide range of generations. Grogu is years younger than Anakin (maybe fifteen) all the way through The Rise of Skywalker and he’d be the equivalent of a preteen?

Grogu can stand beside the Jedi that Rey trains, and the Jedi they train. It’s not to say that I want him to be a Yoda, where he is the wisest, and know so much about the Jedi order, but I think having a character who can come in and out of the different Jedi stories will help to keep Star Wars feeling connected in the wake of the Skywalker Saga ending.

Should Grogu get his own movie?

I’m not fully opposed to this, but I’m not sure it’s the way to go either, but if we’re going to get Grogu as a main character—and I’m assuming he’ll learn English as he grows older— I have a couple of ideas for who I want in charge of it.

Taika Waititi is one of my personal favorite filmmakers right now. He directed Thor: Ragnarok, taking the Thor franchise to a place I never thought it would be, and I loved it. Next he directed Jojo Rabbit, which you haven’t seen it is one of the best films of 2019, about a boy and his imaginary friend Hitler, in which he tells an endearing story of a young nazi during WWII.

The reason I bring up these two projects, is to say that Taika Waititi can take very weird concepts and make them great, because he understands storytelling, and isn’t afraid to dive into the odd. If we’re ever going to get a Grogu movie, I can’t really imagine it won’t be the weirdest Star Wars film to date.

I know that Patty Jenkin’s Rogue Squadron was the big film takeaway from last week’s Star Wars announcements, but we know that Taika Waititi is also going to be directing a Star Wars film, and while there has been little to know information on it, the one consistent thing people have been saying is that it’s going to be weird and different.

My last point in arguing for Taika’s take on Grogu, and is that he’s directed an episode of The Mandalorian, he’s already in someway connected not only with Star Wars, but with this character.

We’ve Never Had a Real Gray Jedi

This is going to be a controversial point, because there is some speculation that Qui-Gon was a Gray Jedi, or that Kanan was. But the only real confirmed Gray Jedi we’ve seen have come in books and video games. Never a show, never a film. It’s an aspect of the story that is open for expanding the lore for the audience that only watches Star Wars.

Like I said before, Gray Jedi make the most sense in a lot of ways, they’re not good or bad, but rather they’re balanced. It’s something which in a series always so concerned about balance, has been sorely lacking, especially when we have so many balanced non-force wielders. With Lando, and Han, and Hando—just now realizing what they did there with his name— we see good characters with bad sides, and bad characters with good sides. Even within this season of the Mandalorian, we see Boba Fett, who is a bounty hunter help to do the right thing due to his honor code, and then presumably become a crime-boss.

Nuance is lacking in the force, and Grogu the Gray would be a great way of introducing it. That’s what I want to see.