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 »

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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endgame sets up guardians of the galaxy vol. 3

One of the most refreshing things about Avengers: Endgame is how conclusive it feels. Most Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have endings that leave lots of room for sequels, and follow-up movies to come. But Endgame puts a nice, neat bow on its narrative, resulting in a rewarding cinematic experience. But of course, the MCU will continue onward. Which means there had to be some set-up for what comes next.

Of all the upcoming MCU films, it’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 that receives the biggest jump-start. Some of the final moments of the latest Avengers film plant seeds of what we can expect from James Gunn‘s triumphant return to the MCU. And the potential is limitless. Spoilers follow.

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Avengers Hollywood Cement Ceremony

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, watch as the original cast members of The Avengers have their hands and feet immortalized in cement at the historical TCL Chinese Theatre. Plus, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson sling playground insults at each other just for the hell of it, and part of the Avengers: Endgame cast answers the 50 most searched Marvel questions on Google. Read More »

Avengers Endgame Weird Trailer

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 Avengers: Endgame edition, check out an assembly of the best moments from the world premiere of the film in Los Angeles with all the film’s stars and more. Plus, watch an incredibly weird trailer for the movie featuring much more than Marvel superheroes, and listen as certain Endgame cast members answer questions from fans. Read More »

Airplane Movie Sets

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, find out who’s responsible for making a lot of Hollywood’s most famous airplane scenes come to life. Plus, Keanu Reeves recaps John Wick in just 60 seconds, and the cast of Avengers: Endgame participates in a superhero version of “Just One Question” over at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Read More »

Thor Ragnarok

Did you hear there’s a new Avengers movie coming this month? No? It’s not like they’ve been advertising it or anything. Just around the corner, we’ve got Avengers: Endgame bringing an end to The Infinity Saga. But after that, we don’t have an official slate of movies that has been announced by Marvel Studios. Of course, that doesn’t mean Marvel isn’t hard at work getting their slate together. Not only do we have a good idea of the movies that will be shooting in the next couple years, but Kevin Feige recently teased a five-year plan for the next era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And now we have one more movie revealed that might be part of the line-up: Thor 4. Read More »

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Avengers Infinity War Children's Book

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, the cast of Avengers: Endgame reads a children’s book version of Avengers: Infinity War, including the mass genocide part. Plus, producer Tim Miller takes us behind the scenes of Netflix’s animated anthology series Love, Death + Robots, and watch as Zach Galifianakis and Zoe Saldana answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »