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MARVEL: IM2 Rebuttal and THOR Update/Pic (Movie News)

This post is going up for two reasons. One: reaction to IM2 and Two: What’s next on the Marvel agenda… on top of that it has been a while since I’ve reported on film-based news. I truly enjoy these comic-book films, and as I’ve mentioned before, I become a little kid whenever exposed to these kinds of genre. They’re definitely an open form of how far our technology has excelled and entices ones’ cinematic thrive as we move along. Yes, due to resources and major funding it defeats those on a smaller scale, and it’s not to say I’m not a lover of the indies because anyone that knows me can attest how eclectic I am when it comes the movies, and without doubt… films geared towards graphic novels or comic-books happens to be one of my acquired tastes. I will not deny it and will never look down on them… unless of course there’s shitty casting and writing… (Dare Devil and Ghost Rider)

Oh, well… with that said… First on IM2… (Yes, it’s not for everyone, but for these comic nerds… chill-the-fuck-out!) My thoughts are as follows… I have NO idea why people are so upset about this movie – it’s a superhero movie, not a fucking cure for cancer. Get over it. Robert Downey Jr. is, no surprise, once again great in the role of Tony Stark. I was unexpectedly pleased by the performances of both Mickey Rourke (who was at times pretty funny and menacing as Whiplash) and Sam Rockwell, who reminded me of a calmer J.K. Simmons in his role of Jonah Jameson (Spider-Man). The rest of the cast was sufficient enough to keep me entertained throughout the entire 2 hour-plus romp through sheer superhero excess. People keep complaining that Stark was “ridiculous” as a drunk Iron Man at his birthday party but if you were facing your own imminent death, tell me you wouldn’t have a couple of drinks to try and take the edge off. I think this movie humanizes Stark beyond the “bad boy” image everyone has of him, i.e., when he said he never remembered his dad telling him he loved him. Not everything in superhero-land is explosions and fighting. I thought it set up the “Thor,” “Capt. America: First Avenger” and “The Avengers” movies well without being confusing. I loved the first movie & had insanely high expectations for this installment, as well – I did not leave disappointed. Yes, like any other sequel there’s always room for some improvement, and I’d be a complete liar if I felt otherwise, however, from the opening sequence to closing credits, I could not have been more pleased with this movie, and with an opening weekend of $133.6 Million … the words ‘Fuck You’ couldn’t have been any clearer as it opened bigger than its first.

SPOILER: Post rolling credits presented a teaser treat – as only Marvel can – with a straight forward intro to their next heroic adventure in “Thor.” (May 6, 2011)

While we’re at it, seeing as principal photography on next year’s “Thor” film has ignited, is pleased and proud to unveil the first official pic of Chris Hemsworth on the set as the mighty “Thor.” (Below) In “Thor,” Chris Hemsworth portrays the title character with Tom Hiddleston in the role of Thor’s brother Loki, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. Additionally, the studio has cast Academy Award winning actor Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Renee Russo as Frigga, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun, Josh Dallas as Fandral, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Idris Elba as Heimdall, as well as Colm Feore, Kat Dennings and award-winning actor Stellan Skarsg�rd. The film is slated for release in theatres domestically on May 6, 2011 via Paramount Pictures which will also release the film on a worldwide basis.

The epic adventure “Thor” spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth. The screenplay for “Thor” was penned by Mark Protosevich as well as Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, and Don Payne. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige will produce the film. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel, and Marvel Studio’s Co-President, Louis D’Esposito, will executive produce. In addition to “Thor,” Marvel Studios is also scheduled to release “The First Avenger: Captain America” on July 22, 2011, and Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers” on May 4, 2012.

Chris Hemsworth: Thor

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