The first poster has arrived for Marvel Studio’s sequel to Thor which is due out in November. The film shot last fall under director Alan Taylor (a Game of Thrones vet) who is replacing Kenneth Branagh behind-the-scenes. Not much is really known about the pic other than Natalie Portman will be spending a bit of time in Asgard and the principal villain is a character named Malekith who is played by Doctor Who alum Christopher Eccleston. That said, the trailer should arrive next week. Yes, this is really early; however, November is turning out to be a huge month for films with releases of Ender’s Game and The Hunger Games 2 on weekends before and after Thor 2 hits theaters. Continue Reading
When Kenneth Branagh’s Thor hit theaters in May 2011, audiences were pleasantly surprised to learn about a comic book character that most had barely heard anything about. The film was somewhat hokey at times, but also had a great character narrative about Thor’s transition not from man to superhero, but from selfishness to selflessness. It was enough to satisfy those who have been critical of the overuse of typical origin story mechanics, and that was enough to get us off our proverbial rockers thanks in part to a brilliant talent behind the camera.
Unfortunately, it was announced soon after that Branagh would not be helming the next part in The Avengers’ sub-franchise and that left us wondering if anyone else could do an acceptable Thor film given its uniqueness. The job eventually went to Alan Taylor who directed six episodes of the successful HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones which made a little sense because of its scope, but few were really sold on the pickup because he was not Kenneth Branagh. Continue Reading
There is some fresh news to report today on the heavily anticipated sequel to Thor. The Dark World will start shooting next month in the Bourne woods area of Lincolnshire, England at which point it plans on recruiting a whole lot of extras. Furthermore, everything is expected to be cleaned up in the area by October 13.
This news comes via a community announcement by the production company Asgard Productions II UK Ltd for a film under the working title Tuesday Mourning. It seems kind of weird that they would mask the identity of the Thor sequel in such a plainly obvious fashion, but then again it did take a while for this to become uncovered as the letter was dated July 3. Continue Reading
This post aims to enlighten the masses as to what exactly is going on in the comic book universe with specific focus on Marvel Studios. That particular outfit is the superhero production house responsible for The Avengers and its associated properties and answers only to Disney although they are said to maintain their distance. Those other Marvel-based film projects (X-Men, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Daredevil) really have no association with this banner which leaves the name ‘Marvel Studios’ as the premiere label associated with quality in the genre.
That brings us to the question at hand: What is ‘Phase Two?’ Phase Two is the label from all Marvel Studios’ theatrical offerings between The Avengers and the film immediately following the blockbuster’s yet-to-be-dated sequel. Prior to yesterday, the public had knowledge of only three of these movies–Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and Captain America 2. The studio’s Comic-Con panel changed that though as those last two were given names (Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and a fourth film (Guardians of the Galaxy) was officially confirmed despite hints of its existence in recent months. Continue Reading
There is some casting news to report today in regards to the highly anticipated sequel to Thor. Continue Reading
There is some minor news to report today in the world of theatrical release dates. Disney announced their counter moves to Fox’s big reveal today which should go pretty much unnoticed by the typical moviegoer. Marvel’s Thor sequel has been brought to the week of November 8, 2013 which will presumably give it some distance from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. This will allow the Chris Hemsworth-lead feature to show off its retention skills at the box office prior to November 22 when Lionsgate is scheduled to unleash their sequel effort.
The other bit of news might be a slightly bigger deal. The Lone Ranger has been put in front of July 4th weekend next year where it will go head-to-head with Independence Day 3D. This operates under the assumption that no one else would dare book the holiday seeing how two obvious performers will be raking in the cash starting July 3.
Originally, the plan was for the Johnny Depp-lead feature to follow Memorial Day weekend; however, the pairing of Fast & Furious 6 with The Hangover Part III the prior week seems to have scared Disney off of the spot. Both films could reasonably boast $30+ million week two’s which could end up hurting Disney’s chances of recouping their $200+ million investment.
If you missed that Fox press release earlier today, be sure to check it out via the link that follows.
So much for news from Bleeding Cool the other day that the Thor 2 villain could be The Enchantress. Variety is reporting tonight that Casino Royale baddie Mads Mikkelson will be playing the critical role in the Alan Taylor-directed effort. Continue Reading
It has been a full week since the news that James Badge Dale had been named the secondary villain behind Ben Kingsley in Iron Man III, and it really had people wondering about Thor 2 seeing how the details for Marvel’s second 2013 feature have been few and far between. Continue Reading
Idris Elba has been hard at work promoting his new film Prometheus, and of course the media has been peppering him with questions concerning his Avengers tie-in via Thor. Continue Reading
Reports are surfacing today that Game of Thrones/Boardwalk Empire director Alan Taylor will be the new leading man behind the cameras for Marvel’s sequel to Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. The move was made after Patty Jenkins was fired from the post earlier this month due to creative differences relating to the direction of the franchise. Her ousting peeved franchise star Natalie Portman a bit if you might recall as she was instrumental in Jenkins’ hiring. It is said that Marvel was working with Portman on hiring the former director’s replacement in an effort to smooth things over with the Oscar winning actress. Thor 2 remains scheduled for a November 15, 2013 release despite the change-up. Continue Reading
Breaking news tonight as the first female director of a big budget superhero film will be stepping down as Patty Jenkins is opting not to direct Thor 2. Jenkins is said to be exiting the position due to creative differences, but Deadline, who broke the news, thinks she may end up directing a superhero movie eventually so stay tuned for what the Monster director lines up in place of this. Continue Reading
This news is certain to make a few Marvel fan-boys a little uneasy. Earlier today, Disney announced Patty Jenkins will be the first female director ever for a Marvel film. The genre is typically one that screams male gender, so there will naturally be a lot of skepticism surround this choice. Looking at her body of work though, anyone will quickly understand why this was a no-brainer for Disney. Continue Reading
Here is a pretty neat featurette covering why the producers of Thor cast Chris Hemsworth for the leader role. Kenneth Branagh, Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins all have something say in this one. Continue Reading
The summer of 2013 for Marvel is shaping to be another big one. Their movie studio arm has set a release window today for Thor 2 and already has a May 3, 2013 release date set for Iron Man 3. Continue Reading
Watch the cast members of Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ movie fail quiz questions about the franchise. Cast members include Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), and Chris Evans (Captain America). Continue Reading