Thor 3 Has Its Screenwriting Team

thor2There was never a doubt that there would be a third Thor movie, and now the project has its screenwriting team settled: Joining Christopher Yost (who co-wrote Thor: The Dark World) will be a former Marvel Studios executive, Craig Kyle, who worked in the animation division, and whose biggest claim to fame is co-creating the popular character X-23.

According to TheWrap.com, Kyle most recently served as senior vice president of production and development, but resigned to become a full-time screenwriter after spending years writing for Marvel’s various animated series and movies, as well as comics.
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S.H.I.E.L.D. Will Do a Crossover With New Thor Movie

thorlokiAttention, fans of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.! Get thee to a cinema forthwith to view Thor: The Dark World, which opens today — because the Nov. 19 episode of AoS is going to pick up on plot threads left over from the movie.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the AoS episode, called “The Well,” most likely will not feature any Thor cast members (barring a surprise cameo), but rather some “connective tissue” in the storyline.

Check out the official synopsis from ABC:

“In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces – one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.”

Putting this together with what we’ve all seen in the various trailers, it looks like there will be lots of Asgardian/Elf technology expended in all the fighting, so Agent Phil Coulson’s team most likely comes across something dangerous in some wreckage while cleaning up after the battle.

With a lot of the film’s action set in Greenwich, England, it seems like a natural setup for a crossover with TORCHWOOD, doesn’t it? If only that reconstituted UK team was still in action, that is…

Thor Posters for Lady Sif and Jane Foster

Great posters for Thor: The Dark World continue to be released overseas, while we here in the States get stuck with the low-concept images.

At least we can use the Internet to see the good stuff that Hollywood doesn’t think we can handle without becoming confused. (“Dem’s gurls… I thought dis movie wuz ’bout Thor!”)

Also check out these other great character posters — including the Big Bad, Malekith.

Thor: The Dark World will be released here in the USA on Nov. 8.

Creepy New Thor: The Dark World Poster

malekithMarvel Studios has released another poster made of win for Thor: The Dark World — this one finally giving us a good look at the film’s villain, Malekith the Dark Elf.

The studio also released an official character description of the Big Bad, played by DOCTOR WHO’s Christopher Eccleston:

“Malekith is the cruel leader of the Dark Elves, a race of beings said to be older than the universe itself. Born into darkness, Malekith led his people in a war against the Asgardians, but they were thought to have been destroyed thousands of years ago. Malekith survived, however, and now seeks to transform our universe, plunging it back into eternal darkness.”

I’m liking the lifeless masks that the Dark Elves wear, and I’m really looking forward to this sequel’s Nov. 8 release.

New Trailer Boasts More Thor and Loki

This totally awesome new trailer has me really looking forward to the release of Thor: The Dark World on Nov. 11.

There’s a lot of Loki in this clip, and next to no Malekith, so even though the Dark Elf is the nominal Big Bad in this sequel, one begins to wonder who will get more screentime in the actual film?

I’m sold. Anyone else?

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.

First Trailer for Thor: The Dark World

Wouldn’t it be great if the Thor sequel is really good and Marvel continues its cinematic winning streak? The more I see of this flick, the more I like it.

As this bombastic trailer shows, Thor: The Dark World will be full of demigods hitting/throwing/smashing things, Malekith and the evil Dark Elves, shouting, Sif, Odin — and a lot more Jane Foster than I was expecting, given Natalie Portman’s widely reported reluctance to return for the sequel. But I guess the Oscar winner is being a trouper and fulfilling her contractual obligations. On the plus side: Natalie’s unhappiness could translate into real peril for Jane — she might actually be killed off!

This looks like a clever way to inject Loki into the story when the main villain is someone else: Make him the Hannibal Lector of Asgard. Malekith is such a formidable foe that Thor is forced to seek help from the greatest evil the Eternal Realm has ever known: Kenny G Loki!

Look for the movie Nov. 8.

The Avengers (2012)

It’s not hyperbole to call The Avengers the greatest superhero movie of all time — better than Captain America: The First Avenger, better than The Dark Knight, and better than Spider-Man 2. And the best superhero movie is available on Blu-ray and DVD starting today.

The cardinal sin of most superhero movies is that producers change too much from the page and the screen, and then crowd the story with too many characters (especially villains) that all have to be introduced. So how does Avengers — a movie featuring six heroes, a villain, a host of supporting characters and an entire top-secret international organization — manage to not only avoiding becoming an overstuffed muddle, but pull it all off brilliantly?

One name: Joss Whedon.
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Avengers Assembling!

Now this is how you sell a movie with still photos! (And this isn’t.Joss Whedon’s The Avengers kicks off the summer blockbuster season on May 4, so lot of teaser images are being released to get fans stoked — and it’s working! (Disney’s John Carter marketers should take notes!)

Don’t mess with the best: Avengers Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) look determined to kick some butt. I wouldn’t want to be Loki (Tom Hiddleston) or his mysterious minions (*cough*FrostGiants*cough*)!

I wonder what the balance of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes — Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), not to mention Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. — are up to while this trio is on the move.

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