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Very Metal “Thor The Dark World” teaser poster drops

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So, when did Thor join Sabaton?  Just wondering.

The second cinematic adventure for the exquisitely coiffured son of Odin will be with us in November, and to whet your proverbial whistle for Tuesday’s teaser trailer, here’s a Marvel-supplied poster of the Norse God bringing his own, oddly-accented brand of thunder and bad assery.

As the first “Thor” outing was probably my favourite of the stand-alone “Phase One” series of Marvel films, I’m truly on board for what the House of Ideas’ cinematic brains trust delivers with this movie, even if I’m going to miss original director Kenneth Branagh’s love of a ‘Dutch’ angle.

Still, most of the other principals are back, Christopher Eccleston is bringing his own brand of Mancunian melancholy to the villain role and it’s being helmed by a regular “Game of Thrones” director (I suspect that there’s rather less scope here, however,  for non-stop pillaging, politicking and the other less salubrious fantasy stuff for which that HBO show is becoming increasingly famed…).

I expect good things…

 

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What Joss Did Next…

"Much Ado"

So, how do you follow-up last year’s barely seen, low-budget success d’estime, “The Avengers”?  It came and went from theatres in about a week, hardly made a dent at the box office.   I don’t blame you for never having heard of it.

Ahem.

Luckily, somebody’s decided to let Joss Whedon out of movie jail and given him the chance to make amends for bombing so badly last time out by making something with sure-fire commercial potential – a can’t-miss, four-quadrant, summer blockbuster of a flick.

He’s only gone and made a Shakespeare adaptation!  Why, you’d almost think that he’d just made a billion dollar superhero smash and thus had carte blanche to follow his muse, call in some mates and make the Bard relevant to Generation Twitter.  Such absurdity!  It’s almost as if you have to direct a successful movie version of “Much Ado…” in order to be allowed the keys to the House of Ideas movie toy box…

 

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BraveHawk? BraveEye?

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via Cherry Garcia on Tumblr (and the SFX Spurious Awards)

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Boxing Hawkeye

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Ugly art, Disney! Must try harder…

Disney will be getting a fresh influx of much-needed, “John Carter” offsetting cash on September 25th when they release “The Avengers” on Blu-Ray (in the two flavours presented above) and in a two-disc DVD set if you’re representing old-school digital media.

It need hardly be said that this flick will be selling like the proverbial warm baked goods.  What needs to be established, for anally retentive, hopeless old collector geeks like me is whether we’ll be getting a nifty Steelbook set too, to go with the four (count ’em!) copies of “Serenity” which we own in various DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray and nifty collector’s tin editions on our shelves.

It’s only financial prudence which has stopped me from chasing down the previous Marvel movies in textbook form – financial prudence which will be merrily cast asunder once this film hits Blu-Ray.

Hmm…I sure could do with a Hammer right about now…

Hurrah for Joss Whedon-fixated nerdery! And imminent bankruptcy!

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Joss Whedon – what next for Marvellous Movie Maven?

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In news calculated to give even the most vehement Whedonist indigestion, the awesome nerd visionary behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer, “Angel”, some show (and movie) about people with brown coats and this summer’s eyeball-buffing work of epic awesome sauce has mixed feelings about returning to the fold to helm another Avengers adventure.

Empire magazine has more (via the L.A. Times’ ‘Hero Complex’ blog).

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Notwithstanding Marvel Studio‘s alleged tendency to get cheap and cheerless when it comes to hiring back expensive creative talent (a predisposition apparently much maligned by Mickey Rourke and Jon Favreau on Iron Man 2), I think it certainly behoves all concerned to sit down and talk sensibly about returning for another go around the giant exploding bush (it’s like a Money Tree, if Michael Bay invented it).

Here, for my money, is Marvel’s chance to have an equivalent film-maker/studio relationship to that enjoyed by Warner Bros and Christopher Nolan – which is something that’s not to be taken lightly, as it appears to be of massive critical and financial benefit to both parties.

Make it happen, Marvel – this guy helped to get you your first $1 billion blockbuster and he’s worth betting on again, the big geeky lug of a renaissance man.

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Acts of Gods

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“Put it on my tab….”

It’s good to know that somebody out there is considering the important stuff, per this story at SFX today – the damage caused by the climactic battle in “The Avengers” would have cost some poor soul $160 billion to make good.

A sum, of course, that is likely mere walking-around money for a Billionaire philanthropist superhero playboy such as Tony Stark, but more of a concern to the rest of us.

Why, it’s almost as much damage as two blokes in a car managed to accrue in the climactic car apocalypse in “Fast Five”…

This piece from TV Tropes on the concept of Hero Insurance makes for intriguing reading in that regard…

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Epic Fantasy Avengers Assemble!

The Heraldic Shield of Awesome Sauce

Nifty shield courtesy of the genius nerds at Fantasy Shields.com

Inspired by a post over at the Tor Books blog, which posits a line-up for a Fantasy equivalent of “The Avengers“, I couldn’t let a day go by without pledging my team of Ye Olde Awesome Fictional Nerds into the fray…

To lead this band of brothers, sisters and brigands?

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We’re going to need magic – that’s a given.  We’re also going to need some one with quick wit, nifty sartorial skills and every team has to have one member liable to go off the deep end and indulge their dark side every so often.  Severus Snape is the complete package.  Just make sure that he hasn’t worked his mojo on the team’s +5 to Health Mead beverages and we’ll be fine.  Think of him as Nick Fury, sans eye patch but replete with devastating sarcasm and lank locks of doom.

Sorcery taken care of – next, we’ll be needing some brute strength, Tank-style.

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Because, you know, Hellboy is Teh Awesomez and is more than a match for his Hulkness.  Also, somebody with his chequered past, supernatural Rolodex is and possessed of The Right Hand of Doom is going to be a cat that you want to have on side when the intergalactic/dimensional cannon fodder start showing up en masse.

If we’ve got magic and damage on lock down, we should be looking at having a sneaky, acrobatic, multi-tasking assassin on side.  Preferably with cute, pointy ears.

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That’s Felicia Day as Tallis in the web series for EA’s otherwise unloved Dragon Age 2.  Elf representation covered, quick wits aplenty and she could probably dash out a nifty Elven ballad or two around the team camp fire on a cold night in the forest.

If we’re basing our team around the Avengers template, I’m going to have to find a Tony Stark/arcane technology specialist from somewhere. And given my abiding love for the video games, we’re going to kill two ancient beasts with  one stone.

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Yep, that’s the Alchemist class from “Torchlight” – who’s as near as dammit to being both Iron Man and Black Widow in the same package.  At least when I’m playing, that is.  Multi-tasking?  Me?  On a school night, yet?  But of course…

We’re going to need somebody who can handle a bow and arrow and take down fools with almost disdainful aplomb…

Yep, Neytiri from “Avatar”, you’ll do nicely (and as some would argue that “Avatar” was more fantasy than SF, there’s certainly a case to be made…)

I confess, I’m slightly at a loss for a Captain America analogue in my uncanny squadron of fantastic misfits – any ideas will be gratefully accepted…

(Not So) Stealth Edit!

After going away and thinking about it for a while – I’m giving the Cap role in my coterie of weird heroes to….

Gabriel Belmont, conflicted warrior hero of the recent “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow” revamp – he’s got the combat thing down pat and can brood for days.  Armour? Check.  Strong moral convictions? After a fashion.  He’s probably got some kind of shield to employ that I’ve yet to find, down some back alley in the game.  Yep, he’s in.

As Garrett points out in the comments, I’m still in need of a good fictional Thor analogue – and suggests Ares, from Greek mythology, but also reinvented for various Marvel titles in the expanded “Avengers” family.

He’s a massively overpowered warrior from antiquity thrust into the modern era, able to summon ancient weaponry from his Mythological Ancestral home, battle like a maniac and has a history with the wider “Avengers” continuity.

Yep, he’s in…

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