Thor: The Dark World Steps Up Its Game

thorposternewThis poster for Thor: The Dark World is an improvement over the others, as far as I’m concerned. Yes, it’s a lot more conventional than I would like, but at least it makes the film seem… I don’t know, weighty.

Can a movie gain gravitas from one of its posters?

It sure is light-years ahead of the lousy campaign for the first Thor flick.

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Just When Is ‘Days of Future Past’?

dofpcoverWhile we all know that the next X-Men movie is adapting the time-traveling “Days of Future Past” storyline from the comics, it was never clear how the convoluted and somewhat contradictory timelines of the X-Men’s movie universe would be molded to fit together for the latest installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Well, now director Bryan Singer has told us how he’s going to do it. By setting it in two different futures — one of which is the past for some characters. Singer says:

“It takes place about 10 years, give or take, after X-Men 3; and in the past it takes place about 10 years after First Class… It’s its own story, inspired by ‘Days of Future Past.’ [Kitty Pryde is] the prime facilitator — it’s her power that enables [Wolverine to be sent into the past]. But it’s Wolverine who has the strength and the stamina to be able to go back on this journey. Charles [Prof. X] is in a very dark hole when we meet him, and Erik [Magneto] has been gathering his power. They’re in a radically different place.”

Yeah, I’m still not crystal-clear on how it’s all going to fit together — but it is implied that that’s part of the movie’s plot. And I’m not sure how Kitty sends Wolvie into the past unless she’s getting some new powers.