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Taika Waititi’s Disappointingly Shallow Marvel Encore ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Review

This Marvel Cinematic Universe movie crams too much into too little time, failing to give Natalie Portman’s magnificent comeback or Christian Bale’s frightening baddy enough time to shine.

Thor: Love and Thunder appeared to be a sure thing. After 2017’s enormously enjoyable Thor: Ragnarok, director Taika Waititi returns to the helm, with Chris Hemsworth’s Asgardian Avenger firmly in his lovably hilarious groove and Natalie Portman making her grand return to the live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe after a nine-year sabbatical.

Surprisingly, the 29th MCU film, which was released in theaters on Friday, falls short. Thor’s fourth solo adventure spreads itself too thin by attempting to blend humour with drama and integrating numerous classic comic storylines into a single plot (even down to its two post-credits scenes).

It begins promisingly, with a dramatic introduction introducing Christian Bale’s wicked Gorr the God Butcher. After his daughter is killed in his harsh desert homeworld, his meeting with an indifferent, merciless god inspires him to launch a campaign to exterminate all heavenly beings in the cosmos.

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This sequence is atmospheric and patient, allowing Bale’s acting to breathe and feeling his mounting anguish, uncertainty, and wrath. Then the Marvel Studios emblem appears, and the ride begins. Is there emotional resonance? That’s all you’ll get from this film.

Thor was last seen in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, when he opted to join the Guardians of the Galaxy for some spacefaring adventures following Thanos’ defeat. However, the God of Thunder completely outclasses his new comrades, making him appear like a powerful video game character as he crushes their adversaries and renders the Guardians ineffective.

We get a colorful, visually striking action sequence and a generous helping of superhero collateral damage as a result, but Thor and his rocky ally (he’s literally made of rocks) Korg (Waititi) soon decide to go their own way, abandoning the Guardians storyline and largely wasting Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, and co. before the joke has a chance to develop. This film appears to be eager to move away from the bothersome continuity and return to the Asgardian storyline of Thor’s solo films.

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Thor fights his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Portman) on Earth while Gorr attacks Thor’s other Asgardians. She’s wielding his ancient hammer Mjolnir, having been declared worthy at her darkest hour and obtaining similar powers to him.

Given Jane’s very relevant human health issues, this storyline should be the emotional center of Love and Thunder. The film just does not allow enough time for the task she faces to sink in, as if it is terrified of becoming too real and is too quick to whisk us away on the next adventure (some dramatic moments are also undermined by its two post-credits scenes).

The desire for speed extends to the action; Jane, in particular, exploits her new skills in breathtaking ways, but neither the editing nor the cinematography allow us to savor it. It’s unlikely that many scenes from this film will stick with you the way earlier MCU adventures have — nothing compares to Captain America’s elevator brawl, three Spider-Men swinging into battle, or Scarlet Witch’s encounter with the Illuminati.

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The discomfort between Jane and Thor is initially entertaining, thanks to Portman and Hemsworth’s charisma and chemistry, but it doesn’t grow in a particularly interesting manner. A one-note joke about Thor and his new weapon Stormbreaker is more memorable, but even it becomes tiresome after a while.

The hero squad is completed by King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who is tired of being the head of the enchanted tourist trap that New Asgard has become (this location includes an excellent deep-cut cameo). Though the film doesn’t go far enough into her boredom, Thompson infuses the character with enough mischief that she’s entertaining to watch. Her dress selections also hint at an intriguing inner existence; her Phantom of the Opera shirt is far more intriguing than any superhero costume.

A calm chat between Jane and Valkyrie is one of the film’s greatest scenes, as it is a rare occasion of the film slowing down and allowing its performers and writers to connect emotionally. Aside from Hemsworth’s compelling screen presence and great comic timing, one has to question if this trip would have been better with or without Thor.

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Gorr’s threat is substantially reduced after his stunning introduction. As Thor leads a trail of supernatural death across the world, The God Butcher’s comics counterpart (introduced in Jason Aaron’s beloved 2012 Thor: God of Thunder run) feels like a huge threat.

Gorr’s villainy is mostly reduced to stealing Asgardian infants as part of a larger plot in Love and Thunder. He doesn’t feel like a direct threat to the heroes, reminding me of Gorr the God Botherer.

Regardless, Bale’s performance and artistic choices give the character lots of spooky spectral boogeyman vibes (supposedly inspired by Aphex Twin’s extremely unnerving Come to Daddy music video). A midway showdown with the heroes is one of the most aesthetically striking sequences in the MCU, with clever use of shadow and color.

This film doesn’t have nearly as many cameos as its immediate MCU predecessor, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, but it does feature a scene-stealing Russell Crowe as a pompous Zeus. Unfortunately, his involvement is essentially limited to a single flashy set piece that quickly fades into obscurity as the main plot moves on.

Love and Thunder falls short of the wonderful stories that inspired it. It neither embraces its director’s approach nor utilizes the dramatic potential of its performers, coming out as a shallow, disappointing mishmash. It’s still a fun, ridiculous MCU canon entry, but it’s hardly the traditional Thor journey its hunky hero appears to be on.

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Marvel stars and BTS V will appear in a new reality series on Disney+

New reality series IN THE SOOP: Friendcation, will premiere on Disney+ next month.

Marvel stars: Park Seo-joon, Parasite’s Choi Woo-shik, Park Hyung-sik (Soundtrack #1), rapper Peakboy, and member of BTS V will all be featured in this spinoff of the original IN THE SOOP series. They will all be seen relaxing together on a vacation.

According to the summary of the program, “This brand-new vacation reality series shows the buddies having time to enjoy nature and indulge in their favorite activities in the soop while hidden away from the world” (in the forest).

“Viewers will get to see the stars and best friends relax over a well-earned break away from the strains of day-to-day stardom” throughout the course of the four-episode series.

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Choi is most known for playing Kim Ki-woo in the Academy Award-winning movie Parasite, and Park also had a brief appearance as Ki-friend. woo’s He will now play an unspecified role in the upcoming July 2023 television series The Marvels.

Fans of BTS may presently watch the K-pop group’s most recent movie on the streaming service, BTS: Permission to Dance On Stage – LA. The movie is a part of the group’s contract with Disney+, which also includes the docuseries IN THE SOOP: Friendcation and BTS Monuments: Beyond the Star.

In order to pursue individual careers, BTS, which also consists of Suga, Jin, RM, J-Hope, Jimin, and Jungkook, recently revealed they will be taking a short break from one another. The group announced their choice on their YouTube site, adding that they intended to “spend some time apart to learn how to be one again.”

IN THE SOOP: On October 19, Friendcation will make its Disney+ debut.

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Armor Wars Movie: from Marvel Disney+ Series To A Film

Due to creative adjustments, the TV series starring Don Cheadle will now be turned into an MCU – Armor Wars movie. The most of the Disney+ series that Marvel Studios had planned have already been released, but Armor Wars has been stuck in development for a while. Even though it had been announced in 2020, James Rhodes’ spinoff show hadn’t received any updates until 2022. In 2008’s Iron Man, Terrence Howard played Rhodes; in Iron Man 2, Cheadle took over as War Machine, and he has since continued to feature in several MCU projects.

Despite being a part of Phase 5, the Armor Wars TV series on Disney+ is being redesigned as an MCU – Armor Wars movie, with Don Cheadle remaining attached to play War Machine.

Due to creative adjustments, the TV series starring Don Cheadle will now be turned into an MCU – Armor Wars movie. The most of the Disney+ series that Marvel Studios had planned have already been released, but Armor Wars has been stuck in development for a while. Even though it had been announced in 2020, James Rhodes’ spinoff show hadn’t received any updates until 2022. In 2008’s Iron Man, Terrence Howard played Rhodes; in Iron Man 2, Cheadle took over as War Machine, and he has since continued to feature in several MCU projects.

War Machine is followed by Armor Wars following Phase 3, which resulted in the demise of his closest friend, Tony Stark. The Disney+ drama will, according to confirmation, follow the events of Secret Invasion, in which Cheadle will next play the Marvel character. Despite Disney’s commitment to creating the series, Armor Wars was not included in any of the Phases 5 or 6 slates that Marvel Studios presented at San Diego Comic-Con. One of the key Armor Wars stories, according to Cheadle in an interview from earlier this month, would include Tony Stark’s technology going out into the open, with Rhodey having to stop the wrong people from using it.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Armor Wars is being retooled into a feature picture, causing a significant shake-up within Marvel Studios. The company decided that a movie would be a better choice as opposed to a 6-episode series since they were dedicated to “having the tale conveyed the proper way.” The movie’s screenplay will be written by the film’s head writer, Yassir Lester, who is still employed. Production had been planned to begin in 2023, but this most recent development has forced a postponement. The Armor Wars information was released shortly after the director of the Blade reboot was fired.

How the MCU Will Be Affected by the Filming of Armor Wars Movie

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While Armor Wars’ continual postponement is a problem in and of itself, Cheadle’s character might gain from the film’s decision. Despite the fact that War Machine has been in a lot of MCU movies, he has never been the main character in any of the plots. Despite Rhodes having his own show at first, a feature film offers him a greater stage for obvious reasons. Additionally, this would give War Machine his own cinematic prominence after serving as Iron Man’s sidekick throughout the duration of the MCU. Marvel has adapted a product from one medium to another before, and Armor Wars is hardly the only instance of this. The Royal Family was supposed to have its own Phase 3 movie before The Inhumans became a TV show, but instead received a short series on ABC that had a poor outcome.

The length of Armor Wars’ delay as a result of the move from Disney+ to theaters is yet unknown. Armor Wars may have to wait until Phase 6 even if it takes place after Secret Invasion unless Marvel discovers a window in Phase 5 that makes sense. Due to the enormous lag between the conclusion of Secret Invasion and the release of Cheadle’s movie, it’s probable that the tie-ins from Secret Invasion will be eliminated if Armor Wars is redeveloped as a feature film. There is a likelihood that Armor Wars was always a Phase 6 project because the slate wasn’t fully revealed at San Diego Comic-Con. It is unclear how Armor Wars will fare as a movie unless Cheadle, Feige, and Marvel Studios make announcements.

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Everything you need to know about Wolverine

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Wolverine is a fictional character that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, typically in conjunction with the X-Men. His real name is James Howlett, but he also goes by the aliases Logan and Weapon X.

How did Wolverine Became Popular?

Origin of Wolverine by Paul Jenkins Wolverine, the ol’ Canucklehead, has certainly evolved from the idea of a Canadian superhero to being the finest at what he does. Wolverine, a comic book character whose stern, aggressive demeanor established the bar It became quickly obvious that his initial yellow-and-blue clothing did not conjure up images of a furious the early 21st century…

James Howlett – Wolverine – Logan – Weapon X

Here is some facts about Wolverine

Habitat. These hardy creatures live alone and require a lot of space to wander.
Diet. Wolverines are stubborn, so while they occasionally consume vegetarian food like plants and berries in the summer, it does not constitute a significant portion of their diet.

What role does Wolverine play in X-Men Apocalypse?

Professor Charles Xavier invites Wolverine to join up for his new superhero-mutant team, called the X-Men, where Logan creates a close friendship with Cyclops and Jean Grey. Later it was discovered that Xavier, erased Logan’s memory and forced him to join the X-Men team by purpose. Professor X had to delete all Wolverine memories because he was sent to kill X-Men team leader a.k.a. – Charles Xavier.

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James Howlett (Wolverine) is also called Logan and Weapon X. He is a mutant with three retractable claws in each hand and animal-keen senses. He also has heightened physical powers, a strong regeneration ability known as a healing factor, and animal-keen senses.

Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine a.k.a. Logan

So Wolverine is from DC (Detective Comic) or MCU ( Marvel Cinematic Universe)?

Offten fans wonder is Wolverine a DC or a Marvel hero? Well, Wolverine was allegedly inspired by the DC superhero Timberwolf. Due to his ability to heal, the color of his outfit, and his hair, he is Wolverine’s polar opposite. The only thing that separates them is their claws, which are quite similar to each other despite Timberwolf’s sharp claws not being like Wolverine’s retractable ones. But, officially Wolverine was created for Marvel Comics by writer Len Wein and artist John Romita.

What is Wolverine’s history?

Did you know that Wolverine actually are father to Jimmy Hudson? James Hudson and Wolverine served together in the Iraq War, and James was given guardianship of Wolverine’s infant kid. To make the adoption legitimate, Jimmy’s surname name was changed from Howlett to Hudson. Jimmy’s origins were kept a mystery up until his senior year of high school. Wolverines son – Jimmy didn’t realize he was a mutant when he was a child, but he always felt unique and rejected the idea that he might be one.

In movies we saw that Hugh Jackman who played Logan in several movies, had to play very different scenario/story line whan it’s in comic books. For the first time Wolverine appeared in our TV screens in 2009. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) showed us remarcable MCU story line with new characters. At the movie we saw that Logan a.k.a. Wolverine was made in laboratory. But did you know that in comics, originally he got such powers from his birth parent.

Just to clarify, who is Wolverine?

Wolverine is a fictional character that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, typically in conjunction with the X-Men. His real name is James Howlett, but he also goes by the aliases Logan and Weapon X.

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Wolverine and Deadpool

Who is Deadpool in Wolverine?

One of the worse films in the Fox X-Men film series is frequently cited as X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And the portrayal of Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool, in the movie has drawn some of the most severe criticism. Fans were ecstatic to see The Merc With the Mouth on the big screen when it was released in 2009.

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