Thor: Ragnarok synopsis - Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston)

2017 marks the first year Marvel Studios will be putting out three MCU movies, and while we don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves here, we’ve gotta say they all look pretty great so far. The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer was a crowd-pleaser. The Spider-Man: Homecoming one felt like a breath of fresh air. And Thor: Ragnarok? Personally, I think it’s got the potential to be the best of the bunch.

With Thor: Ragnarok‘s release date still ten months away, it’ll probably be a while before the marketing campaign really kicks into high gear. But Disney’s starting the year with a tiny taste of what’s to come. The studio has finally revealed an official Thor: Ragnarok synopsis that solidifies some of the story details, and a new Thor: Ragnarok behind-the-scenes photo that reminds us Chris Hemsworth‘s bare arms are still some of the best special effects this franchise has to offer. Read More »

Jacob Hall’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

Free Fire

Ah, January. A time for reflecting on the year that passed and the year that lies ahead. And more specifically, a time for finishing up those top 10 lists and writing most anticipated movie lists covering the next 12 months. Here are my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2017.

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Ethan Anderton Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

The first weekend of theatrical releases in 2017 arrives in just a couple days, but since it’s January, we’re still getting rollover from awards season mixed with garbage that doesn’t deserve a release date at any other time. So we’re already looking forward to some of the more exciting movie releases coming this year, and the movies that I’m looking forward to the most range from blockbuster sequels to movies from filmmakers who haven’t delivered a new film in a few years.

After the jump check out Ethan Anderson’s 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017. Read More »

Doctor Strange - Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange made his big screen debut just a couple of months ago, and he doesn’t even have another solo film lined up just yet. But if you’re eager to see the Sorcerer Supreme again, you shouldn’t have too long to wait. It’s now confirmed that Strange will make an appearance alongside Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in Thor: Ragnarok, out this fall.  Read More »

Planet Hulk

Thor: Ragnarok might not be a Planet Hulk movie per se, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that it will borrow heavily from that source material. After months of rumors, Marvel Studios finally unveiled Hulk’s gladiator armor at Comic-Con this summer. And now the film’s director, Taika Waititi, has gone and confirmed once and for all that Thor: Ragnarok will indeed be heading to the planet Sakaar — of, yes, Planet Hulk fame.

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Kevin Feige

There is almost no better interview in Hollywood than Marvel Studios’ head Kevin Feige. He’s the mastermind over the Marvel Cinematic Universe and always has the best responses, even if he sometimes slyly avoids giving a direct answer. I think only Damon Lindelof did this kind of interview better when he was showrunner of Lost.

I’ve always been very curious about the Marvel development process — the way a Marvel movie is put together as it seems so different from traditional movie-making. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is plotted over five years in advance, and each standalone film needs to fit into the larger progression of the story. At what point did Marvel even begin thinking of a Doctor Strange movie? How does a director pitch to get the job? At what point does someone like Dan Harmon become involved in the project?

Doctor Strange also introduces the idea of time manipulation to the MCU (Strange has a variety of otherworldly abilities in the comics, this being one of them). So the time travel paradox-obsessed part of me had to ask about the potential problems this might pose for the future of the MCU. All this and more, after the jump.

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Thor Ragnarok Sets Up Avengers Infinity War

Every single year from here to the end of time will have Marvel movies for fans to look forward to. However, the stakes have been rising ever since Thanos was first teased in a credits scene from The Avengers, followed by the gradual introduction of various Infinity Stones and the golden gauntlet that can turn whoever is wielding them into an unstoppable force.

Fans have assumed that the standalone franchises leading up to Avengers: Infinity War (and Avengers 4) will all have some kind of set up for the next assembly of all of Marvel’s superheroes, but it sounds like the most overt one yet may come from Thor: Ragnarok. A new rumor pegs a certain element of the sequel that could have a major influence on what happens in The Avengers: Infinity War.

But once we reach this culmination of all the Marvel movies that came before it, Kevin Feige says they’re probably going to pull the reins in a bit with regards to the large scale action. Find out more about how Thor Ragnarok sets up The Avengers Infinity War after the jump, but beware of spoilers. Read More »

James Gunn directed Stan Lee cameos

Every Marvel fan knows that a Stan Lee cameo is inevitable in every single Marvel movie, even most of the ones that don’t take place in the Marvel cinematic universe. In fact, just last month we learned that the creator of some of the most iconic comic book characters of all time had already shot three of his upcoming cameos back to back to back. And now we know who was behind the camera for that little shooting session: Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.

Find out more about the James Gunn directed Stan Lee cameos after the jump. Read More »

Thor in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Yesterday was the last day of production on Thor: Ragnarok, and now begins over a year of post-production on the Marvel sequel directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople). A surprise video from the set of the movie down in Australia offered a glimpse of some interesting tidbits, as well as confirmation of a Planet Hulk character being involved. The set video didn’t show Chris Hemsworth in his full Thor garb, but the actor has followed up with a post on Instagram that reveals a costume that is much more simple than his previous wardrobe.

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Planet Hulk Character in Thor Ragnarok

Last night if you happened to be on Facebook at the right time, there was a surprise live broadcast from behind the scenes of Thor: Ragnarok down in Brisbane, Australia. In fact, it was the final day of production, and Taika Waititi wanted to show fans around the little outdoor studio location they were shooting on that day with franchise star Chris Hemsworth present and new co-star Tessa Thompson (with Valkyrie war paint on her face) on hand as well.

While not much was revealed about Thor: Ragnarok, there were some interesting little details to be noted about the set, which looks like some kind of space junkyard that wouldn’t feel out of place in Guardians of the Galaxy, and some of the extras spotted. But in a very quick moment, Waititi revealed that we’ll see a certain Planet Hulk character in Thor Ragnarok. Read More »