On this episode of Nerd & Tie we tackle Marvel’s New Warriors‘s search for a new network, give a spoiler free review of Thor: Ragnarok, contemplate Zachary Levi’s casting in Shazam!, and consider CBS All Access rebooting The Twilight Zone. We also talk about how Libya’s second annual Comic Con was shut down by an armed militia.
So yeah, things had to get a bit serious at the end.
Considering how middle of the road the second Thor movie was, it’s hard to believe that the third would be one of the more interesting looking films coming out this fall. But here we are, with a second trailer, and that’s the world we live in. Released during San Diego Comic Con (we know — we’re still catching up), the newest trailer for the movie just looks pretty amazing.
I usually try to explain something about the trailer at this point in an article, or at least tell you my reactions to it. This time around though I’m at a loss for words beyond ‘watch the trailer.’ So, yeah — watch it. You won’t regret it.
The Thor movies, while enjoyable, have never been the strongest entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor: The Dark World was especially disappointing, and not just because it completely wasted Christopher Eccleston to such a degree that many didn’t even realize it was him under the villain’s makeup and vocal distortion. Things seem to be turning around though, as Marvel released the first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok earlier today.
And it looks amazing.
From start to finish, with the driving Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song blasting, the entire trailer indicates that we’re about to get a very different Thor film than the last two outings. Okay, so it feels a little Guardians of the Galaxy-ish, but as they’re both parts of the cosmic corner of the MCU, it actually makes a lot of sense. So yeah — watch it.
Last year Marvel put out a short, three and a half minute film called “Team Thor.” It supposedly detailed what Thor was off doing during Captain America: Civil War. It was a massive hit with fans, so Marvel decided to do what they do best: make a sequel.
The full video accompanies both the Doctor Strange Blu-ray release and digital version, but Marvel has put out a one minute clip from the film. In it, Thor’s suffering roommate Darryl is trying to get the Asgardian to financially contribute to their living situation. Needless to say, it doesn’t go so well.
The digital version of Doctor Strange is available today, with the Blu-ray coming February 28th.
The films in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe are pretty well known for their post-credits tags. While there are exceptions, they appear in almost every film set in the MCU, usually to tease what’s coming next in the massive shared universe. Last year’s Doctor Strange was no exception, including a small scene with the titular Sorcerer Supreme and Thor.
And what we’ve now learned, thanks to a behind the scenes featurette, is that these scenes often have their dialogue largely improvised.
I can say I’m always amused when people are surprised by Benedict Cumberbatch’s comic abilities, because clearly they’re unfamiliar with Cabin Pressure or Fortysomething. Likewise, Hemsworth’s Thor has had some of the best comedic moments in the MCU films thus far.
Doctor Strange hits Digital HD today and Blu-ray February 28th.
At SDCC this year Marvel played a video revealing what Thor was “really” off doing during the events of Captain America: Civil War. While descriptions of the comedic short had hit the internet, only the 7000 or so people in attendance of the panel had actually seen the thing.
Marvel has put out the video “Team Thor” on Twitter, and it’s everything I ever dreamed it would be. There’s not much to say about the video, other than watch it. Then watch it again. Then consider repeating that a few more dozen times.
So I’ll be the first to admit that we’ve been a bit behind on our coverage of Thor: Ragnarok casting here at Nerd & Tie — but we’re going to make that up to you now by going through everyone we’re 100% sure is going to be in the upcoming Marvel movie. It’s exciting, right?
First things first, we need to remind you who won’t be there. We talked about it a while ago, but it’s important to note that Natalie Portman will not be returning as Jane Foster in the third movie. Since the film is largely set off-world this shouldn’t be too surprising, but still. It’s kind of a big deal that Thor’s significant (or ex-significant?) other isn’t appearing.
The unsurprising news, of course, is that Mark Ruffalo will be reprising the role of Bruce Banner. We’ve known about that for a really long while though. The film itself is being pitched as an interstellar buddy-road trip film in many ways.
Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster has been pretty important in Marvel’s Thor franchise, but it looks like we won’t be seeing her the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. Apparently unhappy with her role in the previous entry, Thor: The Dark World, Portman has opted not to return for the third film. Considering how talented Portman is, it’s a shame to see her exit the film series.
In other news, Tessa Thompson has joined the film’s cast as an as-of-yet unnamed character. The rumor is that she will be playing a “kind of superhero,” though lord knows what that’s supposed to mean.
Thompson’s character is also supposedly a love interest for Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, it awkwardly means Thor and Jane would have to break up off screen (as we know the two were still an item during Avengers: Age of Ultron). In any case, the film is expected to start production in July.
Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to come out November 3, 2017.
Mark Ruffalo took over the role of the Hulk from Edward Norton way back in The Avengers, but his appearances since then have been pretty limited. As the Hulk will be one of the few major characters absent from Captain America: Civil War (although he was in early versions of the script), many have asked when Bruce Banner will appear again.
According to their sources, Ruffalo’s Hulk will feature in the third Thor film, Thor: Ragnarock. They also say he’ll be featured prominently (so much more screen time than his brief Iron Man 3 appearance). As there hasn’t been a formal announcement from Marvel about this though, take it with a considerable grain of salt… but it’d be cool if it happened too.
One of the major plotlines since the introduction of the woman currently wielding Mjolnir has been figuring out who exactly she was. Marvel will, of course, be providing that answer in tomorrow’s Thor #8 — but since review copies go out early, we actually have that answer now.