men in black international behind the scenes problems

There’s an ongoing trend when it comes to high-profile disappointments, box office or otherwise: damage control via a finger-pointing article in the trades. It happened with Suicide Squad. It happened with The Mummy. It happened recently with the Hellboy reboot. And now, it’s happened yet again – with Men In Black: International. The Men In Black sequel/reboot was met with lackluster reviews and tepid box office, which means its time for insiders to reach out to trade publications and try to explain just what the hell happened.

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Incredibles 2 Storyboard Comparison

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how the original storyboards for Jack-Jack’s fight with a raccoon in Incredibles 2 compares to the final sequence in the movie. Plus, watch as the cast of Men in Black International addresses certain fan theories about the movie, and Late Night stars Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

dark phoenix reshoots

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, learn about all the Easter eggs you missed when you weren’t seeing Dark Phoenix last weekend. Plus, watch as Chris Hemsworth and Tom Holland playfully interview each other in a Men in Black International and Spider-Man: Far From Home cross-promotion, and listen to Jon Hamm break down some of his most memorable characters from film and television. Read More »

Men in Black International - Chris Hemsworth

Men in Black International is coming to theaters next week. The scum of the universe is still giving Earth a hard time, and this time it’s up to seasoned Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and newcomer Agent M (Tessa Thompson) to handle the problem. This is something MiB has never faced before, because there’s a mole in the agency. What their ultimate goal is, beyond destruction, we’re not sure, and the latest Men in Black International trailer isn’t telling us. Instead, it’s relying on the cool aliens, big action setpieces, and some fairly lame wisecracks. Read More »

Avengers Endgame Thor

It’s no secret that one of our favorite parts of Avengers: Endgame is the arrival of Thicc Thor. Naysayers be damned, this character shift for Thor ends up making Chris Hemsworth‘s character arc one of the most significant and moving in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s why we’re very excited to see the beefy version of the God of Thunder immortalized in two different statues from Iron Studios. Check out the two new Avengers Endgame Thor statues. Read More »

star trek 4 script

Star Trek 4 was all set to bring back Chris Hemsworth as Kirk’s father, and then it fell apart. Hemsworth and Chris Pine, who plays Kirk in the rebooted film franchise, both walked away from the project, putting the future of Star Trek 4 in serious doubt. Salary negotiations were cited as the reasoning behind Hemsworth and Pine jumping ship. But now, Hemsworth has revealed another reason: he wasn’t happy with the script.

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fat thor

One of the most memorable elements of Avengers: Endgame was Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor transforming from ripped muscle-god into a Big Lebowski-esque chunky boy. The reveal is played for laughs at first, but Hemsworth’s commitment to the role, coupled with the character’s surprising emotional arc, work to sell it. According to Hemsworth, he was so committed to the idea of “Fat Thor” that he fought against the script’s original plan to have the God of Thunder revert back to his usual chiseled self midway through the movie.

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men in black international box office tracking

Men in Black: International is counting on audiences not wanting to get their memories zapped after they see the fourth film in the Men in Black franchise. The Men in Black International box office tracking numbers suggest that the sci-fi action film starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will open to a $40 million debut, less than half of its $110 million budget. But word-of-mouth could help drive this sequel’s numbers.

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Avengers Endgame - Thor

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: no, Thor is not being fat-shamed.)

Avengers: Endgame does an outstanding job of depicting the trauma of failing the ones you love. Earth’s mightiest heroes not only have to deal with losing those closest to them after Thanos snaps his fingers and uses the Infinity Stones to wipe out half the living creatures in the universe, but they have to deal with failing the rest of the world too. That failure becomes even more heart-wrenching when they have to sit with that failure for five years, each of them dealing with the post-traumatic stress in their own way.

However, when it comes to the depiction of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and how he’s grappled with the failure of not killing Thanos by going for the head in his attack with the new weapon Stormbreaker, some have been disappointed and even saddened. The Thor in Avengers: Endgame has gained a significant amount of weight, giving him a big gut that has been filled by an endless amount of alcohol. Some think the movie treats Thor’s new look like a nasty punchline, using fat-shaming to elicit laughter from the audience and ignoring the significance of his emotional trauma. But that’s not how I see it at all. Read More »

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future mcu films

I can’t believe Avengers: Endgame brought the Marvel Cinematic Universe to an end! Just kidding – the MCU will continue on, with some old and new faces. And now, thanks to a new report about salary negotiations for various Marvel actors, we have an idea of what’s in store. While new players like The Eternals and  Shang-Chi are on the horizon, you can also expect more Thor, in some form. And the previously-delayed Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 is scheduled to start shooting as soon as next year. More on the future MCU films below. Spoilers for Endgame follow.

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