Big AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Tie-In to Movie Universe? Uh, Not So Much…

SifSHIELDRemember all the hype about how Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. would be set in the same universe as the Marvel movies and we could expect events from the big and small screen to at least have an influence on each other? Well, Marvel is now backing away from that idea.

Take last week’s guest appearance on MAoS by the Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), a major player in Thor’s movie series. Like most people, I expected this to be a major event, not merely ratings-bait stunt casting — especially since Sif was to go up against Lorelei, the sister of the Enchantress, who is expected to be one of the baddies in the eventual Thor 3 movie.

Perhaps Enchantress might be angry about her little sister’s treatment on the TV show? Don’t hold your breath…
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Chris Hemsworth Praises Joss and ‘Avengers’ Sequel Script

thorhamavsThe mighty Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, told the Wizard World Sacramento (Calif.) Comic Con over the weekend that he’s ready to pick up the hammer for his fourth sortie as the Norse god of thunder in Avengers: Age of Ultron — which will be truly massive in scope thanks to writer/director Joss Whedon.

“I’m really excited to start Avengers 2 in two months and get back on set. We’re going to meet in London and shoot there for four months, so I’m excited to get back together with everyone and catch up.

“Everything is ramped up. It kind of blew me away, reading [it]. I don’t know how Joss does it, but everyone has gone up another notch, and the whole thing is bigger and more exciting and crazier. Yeah, he’s a genius.”

Avengers: Age of Ultron is slated to open May 1, 2015.

Deleted Scene: Thor Fights While Loki Sneers

Here is a brief fight sequence that was deleted from the theatrical version of Thor: The Dark World. In it, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) battles some Asgardian guards to escape the palace with a captive Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Clearly, the scene was left unfinished, as the “heroic” sound effects have not been added.

Thor: The Dark World is out on DVD/Blu-ray and whatever other technology is out there…

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.