Take a delightful ride around Berlin with Tom Hiddleston on Stars in Cars. The show’s host took Hiddleston for a ride in the same type of car he bought with his first HBO check; the Peugeot 106. The whole thing looked like a lot of fun, they drove around, had a nice German lunch on the side of the road, drank some beer, juggled, and topped the whole thing off with a song. (more…)
The $87 million that Thor: The Dark World made at the box office over the weekend, shows that the Marvel Cinematic Universe still has what it takes to pack them in at the local multiplex. In fact, it made more money opening weekend than the original Thor. That’s good news for Marvel Studios, who have projects in the pipe through 2014, 2015 and beyond. The future of Marvel movies is a topic that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige can’t stop talking about (or being asked about) during the promotion of any Marvel film. So obviously, as Thor: The Dark World goes global, Feige let some more hints about the future of the MCU drop.
But first a word of warning, if you haven’t seen Thor: The Dark World yet, particularly the tags at the end, be careful what you read below. (more…)
Over the summer Thor: The Dark World director, Alan Taylor caused a bit of a stir when he mentioned Joss Whedon, creative architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, had provided some rewrites and a bit of new material for the film. This led frantic fans to believe the film wasn’t any good and Whedon was called in to fix it. Not so, corrects Kevin Feige, the overseer of the MCU and true master of the Disney/Marvel superhero franchise. (more…)
Expect a lot of these pieces over the next couple of weeks as Marvel Studios rolls out promotion for Thor: The Dark World, and in today’s installment of “Kevin Feige Says…,” the Marvel Studios head honcho discusses latter Phase 2 and Phase 3 details such as the threat of Ultron, the future of Loki, and when we might learn more details about what movies will be a part of the next wave of Marvel productions. (more…)
Tom Hiddleston (Thor, The Avengers, War Horse) recently sat down with Popcorn Taxi to discuss his acting career, some Thor: The Dark World bits, and answer questions from the audience. One question from the audience took this little chat to the next level, we’re talking Spinal Tap-Level-Eleven here. (more…)
We’ve seen a portion of this before in the previously released trailers, but now we have this charming little scene between Thor and his evil (adopted) brother, Loki, in its entirety. From what we’ve gotten our hands on so far, this is what has me most excited about Thor: The Dark World, as Tom Hiddleston once again nails the role of the sneaky demi-god.
There’s a new TV spot for Marvel Studios and Alan Taylor‘s Thor: The Dark World making the Internet rounds today. Along with some new footage we get to hear some dialogue from the movie’s main villain Malekith the Accursed, played by Christopher Eccleston. Click through to the video and check it out.
What does it say about humanity when we, the fans, idolize villains more than the heroes? I really can’t imagine the answer, or maybe I just don’t want to. Whether I’m awe inspired at the seething madness and animalistic behavior of Heath Ledger’s Joker, (Dark Knight) or swooning over the charm, guile and burdened purpose of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki (Thor, Avengers) I’m finding it’s so good to be bad. I guess Darth Helmet (Spaceballs) put it best when he eloquently said, “Evil will always triumph because good is dumb.”
Speaking of Tom Hiddleston, the fan loyalty to him and his Loki character is fierce. Humanity has pledged their undying allegiance to him. Given the response his appearance at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con drew from the Hall, we (apparently) do wish to be ruled by him. Well, at least the hordes of naive fan-girls do. Anyway, you trickster supporters are about to get Loki’d. Provided your faithfulness rings true, that is. What am I talking about? Well, more than 11,000 people have signed a petition demanding that Loki get the solo movie from Marvel Studios he deserves.
Here’s a quote from change.org:
We feel Loki (as portrayed by Tom Hiddleston), due to the astounding following both the character and actor have earned as a result of the Marvel films, more than warrants further exploration of his story,” the petition at Change.org states. “We believe such an endeavor would not only be profitable and successful, but provide a larger view for general audiences of the incredibly complex and diverse personality a well-known villain of the Marvel universe is gifted with. To explore this darker side of the Thor storyline would be to give credit to a compelling individual, his remarkable portrayer and an appreciative audience that feels a fierce loyalty to both in an unprecedented way. Simply put: He has an army.
Nobody can deny that Loki’s portrayal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes across as a mischievous and understandable villain, but his own movie? I don’t think so. Too many other marvel characters that need a solo movie. On the other hand, to see a movie thru the villains eyes? That’d be mildly interesting. That’s never been done before in a comic book movie, it could change everything.
If you wish to sign the petition, go to this LINK
It’s always a pleasure to read what Marvel’s movie kingpin has to say, regardless of the topic, and Joss Whedon‘s recent interview with EW was no exception. He covered a variety of topics; among them, the roles villains play in the Avengers movies, and the possibility of portraying the death of an Avenger on screen.
In regards to the villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Whedon doesn’t plan on re-using any in the Avenger films.
Every movie is going to be a different villain. Loki’s awesome, and he is awesome in ‘Thor 2,’ but ‘The Avengers’ is a different thing.
So, as great as Loki was in The Avengers, we won’t be seeing him in the sequels, even if his brother will be joining up with the super group. It seems, with Ultron as the next villain, that we may be getting a different theme for the enemy of each movie; Loki represented the “God” aspect of the Marvel Universe, and Ultron will be show casing more of the scientific/engineering side of the series.
On that note, with such an unstoppable enemy in the form of Ultron on the horizon, it makes one wonder; will one of our heroes die in the fight to save the world? Well, according to Whedon, it’s a possibility, but it doesn’t seem likely.
Um… maybe? But I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’ They know, as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘Who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’
This makes a lot of sense, and I never thought about it in terms of the fact that they wouldn’t just be ending the character’s story, but also, most likely, the possibility of that character’s franchise continuing (except for maybe through prequels and such). Is this something you’d like to see; a major character dying for the sake of the story?