Posts Tagged ‘Thor’

The Marvel movie I wanted since I was a kid- A Review of The First Avenger.

July 30, 2011

Well, I finally saw Captain America a couple of nights ago. Here’s my thoughts.

1. Chris Evans was a great Steve Rogers. He pulled off the hero/everyday man element of Cap. He doesn’t like bullies, and was willing to lay his life on the line for his friends and country. This character trait of Rogers especially shown thru in the film, as I suspect it’s not an easy trait to portray. In addition, he looked great(my girlfriend especially enjoyed the shirtless transformation into Cap), and he played The First Avenger humbly and effortlessly.

2. Hugo Weaving as Red Skull. This character has to be Marvel’s best villain on-screen to date. In the past, some of the Marvel Studios’ villains have seemed forced or awkward. For example, Mickey Rourke as Whiplash, Tim Roth as The Abomination, and to a lesser extent, Jeff Daniels as Obby Stane. With Red Skull, Hugo Weaving embraces the purely one-dimensional villain, and seems to have fun playing the Hydra Leader. A great selection for the Red Skull, and I was left wanting more screen time for the villain. I hope he returns down the road, as they left the door open for future appearances.

3. The tie-ins to the Marvel Film Universe. They did a great job of laying down extra back story and tie-ins to the ever-expanding Marvel Film Universe. Loved the references/appearances of Odin, the Tesseract(or the Cosmic Cube as we Marvel nerds know it to be), Howard Stark, and The Howling Commandos.

4. The sneak-peek trailer for The Avengers. Oh man, does it look good. Well, what I could make out anyways. It was hard to really catch anything substantial as all the scenes are like 1 second long. They really know how to create a nerdgasm. This movie should be epic for Marvel nerds and comic book readers, but we’ll have to wait a year to find out how the flagship movie of Marvel Studios pans out. I’m excited.

In the end, this wasn’t quite the movie I had dreamed of, however, to be fair my expectations were fairly high. That being said, they still did a great job at bringing Cap to life. As mentioned in the title of this post, this was the comic book movie I always wanted them to make. Overall, a job well done; however, I would have liked more Cap kicking ass and less US show storyline, or maybe I’m just getting tired of origins storylines.

Overall, better than The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2. On-par with the first Iron Man and Thor. One last thought, Isn’t it a great time to be a Marvel nerd and comic book fan?

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I come from the land of ice and snow… A Review of Thor.

May 7, 2011

Hey there Marvel Maniacs,

It’s yours truly once again to discuss all things Marvel. So, I just finished watching the awesomeness that is known as Thor. Best part: even my girlfriend liked it. The movie was amazing. Everything is done with care, tact, and good humour as they bring The God of Thunder to life on the big screen. All the actors are great for their respective roles, and I especially enjoyed Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Of course, Chris Hemsworth as Thor was also great, however, I felt the scenes with Loki to be more rich and in-depth, as they reveal the motives and actions that drive each character to the plot. That being said, Thor is fleshed-out throughly by the end of the movie, as his character is revealed to be truly a god by the end.

I really liked the story, and for anyone who’s never seen or read anything Thor or even Marvel related (for example my girlfriend, except the movies I drag her to) it’s enjoyable and never slow, dull, or boring. Go see this movie now! If you like movies, especially superhero or comic book movies, you will definitely enjoy this one. I won’t ruin any Easter eggs that you fellow Marvel nerds will probably get or find, but make sure you stay till after the credits, as there’s some extra stuff that will surely be a precursor to The Avengers movie planned next year. In closing, is Thor the best Marvel movie yet? My answer: Probably.

Random Marvel Thoughts 2011…. so far.

January 19, 2011

Hello fellow comic book and Marvel lovers,

I hope 2011 has been good too you.. so far that is. I’ve haven’t posted anything on Mostly Marvel in a while, so I figured it was time.

1. Andrew Garfield as Spiderman. Hmmm, interesting choice to play everyone’s favorite wall-crawler. At first I thought this was a lame decision, but after viewing the latest picture of him in the suit, I think he may be better than Tobey Maguire. I haven’t seen The Social Network yet; however, his performance, from what I’ve heard, was great. I’ll hold any further comments until I see some more pics or videos of the yet to be named new Spidey flick. Here’s a pic if you haven’t seen it yet.

http://comicbookmovie.com/fansites/MovieAddict/news/?a=27886

2. Thor, Captain America, and X-Men First Class.  I’m really looking forward to seeing all these movies this coming summer. Fox released a picture today of the new X-Men movie. Hard to tell from the picture, but I like that they are finally giving the mutants some costumes, instead of black Matrix leather. Click the link below to view the pic.

http://comicbookmovie.com/fansites/rorschachsrants/news/?a=28247

  3. The Marvel world of comics. I must admit I’ve limited the amount of comics I’m reading and buying in the last few months. That’s probably why I haven’t posted as much if anything. So right now I’m reading: Amazing Spidey (which has been great), Secret Warriors ( I just want this book to end), Shield (an interesting story and genre than the regular Marvel superhero stuff), Nemesis ( just ended: I loved the art, violence, and freshness of this book), Wolverine ( Goes to hell, great stuff! Logan atones for all his previous sins), and Superior (another Miller gem, and great art by Yu).

After the Siege storyline and crossovers, I began to get tired of some titles, plus it’s really expensive to read so many titles in a month. I stopped reading Thor, Hulk, Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Deadpool, and some others. It’s not like they weren’t great books, well some of them at least, but I think I was tired of all the tie-ins, and stories. 

So, that’s my random Marvel thoughts for the month of January 2011. I hope you enjoyed this post, and keep on reading. Until they make a Dazzler movie.. make mine Marvel!

Random Marvel Thoughts of the Week

May 17, 2010

Here’s my take on some various Marvel news from the past week. If you don’t agree then comment!

1. Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull. So, Hugo Weaving was officially cast last week to play the Red Skull. Great choice! I think he’s going bring all kinds of evil to the Cap villain. I thought it might be hard to portray a fictional nazi bad guy with a bright red dome, but if anyone can do it it’s Hugo. I’m liking the casting of this movie, Evans as Cap and Hugo as Red Skull. I’m looking forward to seeing this, I’ve always been a huge Captain America fan.

2. My thoughts on Iron Man 2. Okay, so I’m pretty much the last one to write or review this movie. So I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’ll say I was hoping for great things from the sequel and for the most part it delivered. It’s hard to really expand the Marvel Universe in film without losing some of the lead characters. I did really like Nick Fury, and War Machine. On the other hand, I thought that Don Cheadle was kinda soft and wussy as Rhodey. He needed to be more badass! Also, I had a nerdgasm about the scene after the credits. Thor!

3.The End of Siege. So, Marvel wrapped up its final arch of Siege last week. From reading what Bendis is saying this will be the end of the huge crossover storylines that ruled Marvel for the last ten years. I have to say it’s been a great run. House of M, Skrull Invasion, Civil War, and Siege have all been awesome. I was drawn back to comics because of the House of M storyline, and have stayed a dedicated reader since. As The Heroic Age begins for Marvel starting this week with the relaunch of The Avengers, I for one have truly enjoyed what Marvel has given its fans in the last ten years. Thank you for all the great stories Marvel!

So until they recast Captain America as the guy from The Office, make mine Marvel.

Top Five Reasons To Like Red Hulk

May 14, 2010

 

Since the introduction of Red Hulk into the Marvel Universe there has been plenty of negative thoughts, press, and reviews directed his way. Well, I’m here to tell you the top five reasons to like Red Hulk since his introduction. Before I get started I want to make it clear that Jeph Loeb didn’t pay me to write this post, or had any say in the process. However, if you’re reading this Mr. Loeb please note that I have supported the character since the start, and if you want to throw any sympathy dollars my way for the pain I’ve endured sticking up for you and Red Hulk that would be great. Anyways, let’s begin.

1. He’s not The Incredible Hulk. This is a good thing. After the end of World War Hulk there was nothing more to do with Hulk. He came back, got his revenge, and then got his ass kicked by The Sentry. At the time, it seemed that the chapter on the Incredible Hulk was closed. So, this new Hulk gives us a different take on a gamma infused menace. Red Hulk has different motives, different morals, and a different spin on the familiar. He doesn’t have the same weaknesses like Banner, and isn’t always whining about his lost love to Betty.   

2. Red Hulk is fun. He’s punched The Watcher, beat up Thor, took on Wolverine, and scraped with just about everyone. I’ve loved his antics so far, is there anyone he can’t take down?

3. His appearance has lead to a return of the some of the original Hulk’s best baddies. The re-emergence of The Leader, MODOK, Samson, and various other villains have made both the Hulk and Incredible Hulk books something to enjoy again. I forgot how good these villains are.

4.We still don’t know who he is. I like the fact that Marvel still hasn’t revealed the true identity of the Red Hulk. Of course, I can see how some fans would be right pissed off with the fact that the Hulk relaunch is almost two years in, yet we still don’t know who he is. Personally, it hasn’t bothered me, I’ve enjoyed trying to figure it out. It also adds a level of suspense and surprise usually lacking in The Incredible Hulk books.

5. Artists like McGuiness and Romita Jr. Okay, so everyone hates Loeb’s writing, but how about the art of Red Hulk? The panels have been crisp, vibrant, and fresh. With heavy hitters like McGuiness and Romita Jr. the pages of the Hulk and Incredible Hulk have looked great. Sometimes I just want a colorful light read and the Hulk books have delivered just that. I’m not saying they’re ground-breaking or thought-provoking, but they’re enjoyable when everything else by Marvel Comics can be so serious.

Image taken from:

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Random Marvel Thoughts of the Week

May 2, 2010

Okay, here’s some thoughts on various Marvel news this week.

1. First Picture of Thor. So, Marvel Studios released the first image of Thor this past week. I think Chris Hemsworth will be great as the God of Thunder. The image doesn’t show a lot, but it gives us Marvel nerds a teaser to pique our interest. The Thor movie is slated for release in 2011, and is being directed by Shakespearean actor and director Kenneth Branagh. This is a great choice for director as Thor has always been a different realm of the Marvel Universe. I look forward to his take on the Norse legends and Gods, and I’m sure it won’t disappoint the hardcore fans. Although, my one concern is that this movie might not find a broad audience, like the X-Men or Spiderman franchises, because it might not have the same appeal to casual moviegoers . I hope that’s not the case, and it does well because it may be a measuring stick for future productions. Check out the link below for the first picture of Thor, and some general information about the movie.

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/Poniverse/news/?a=17657

2. The reboot of the X-Men franchise. Fox Studios can’t leave our favorite mutants alone. So far, this production seems marred by turmoil. They can’t find a director or a good script to develop. I say leave it alone, and let Marvel Studios buy back the rights so they can develop it properly. There are some things I absolutely hated about the X-Men movies, and I’ll spare you the lengthy list. However, the current talk is to reboot the franchise starting with a high school storyline and origins of the original X-Men team. Seriously, can’t they just focus on destroying the next Wolverine movie right now. Check out the link below for more mind numbing information on the already doomed project.

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/notyetamovie/news/?a=17717

3. The reviews of Iron Man 2. So far I’ve read and heard some negative reviews of the new flick. Of course, I have yet to see it. I can’t wait to see War Machine this time around, and the expanding of the Marvel Universe in film. I don’t really care what the reviews are saying, because generally sequels are never as good as the first. So until I see it myself I will hold any negative thoughts about the flick and go into it with reasonable expectations.

Well, I guess that’s all for the weekly rant. So, until they make a Dazzler movie, make mine Marvel!

Thor Enjoying 420

April 21, 2010

Okay, Mostly Marvel doesn’t approve of drug use, but we figured all of you Marvel Comic nerds who also enjoy smoking the herbal jazz might enjoy this. Happy 420 for those who are celebrating.. if you can still read this! Link below:

http://i.imgur.com/xaNzA.gif

Back Issue of the Week-Thor #337

April 13, 2010

With production of the Thor movie underway, Beta Ray Bill’s first appearance has seen a price jump in recent weeks.While don’t expect to see this character in the movie slated for a 2011 release date, his appearance in the animated PLANET HULK DVD has made Thor #337 a hot issue. Released in November, 1983, Beta Ray Bill is an interesting and strange character in the Thor Universe. An alien from the Korbinites race, his debut issue entails a great fight scene between himself and the God of Thunder. Created by Walter Simonson, this issue has seen a price jump from $4 to its current value of $10. As we get closer to the release of Thor next year, expect his book and milestone issues such as this one to increase in value. Find it now, and enjoy!

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 http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c9/BetaRayBill.jpg