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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is still nearly a year-and-a-half before it’s released and we already have been receiving great info for this third film in the Thor franchise. It’s been almost two weeks since the confirmation of several additions to the cast, including Cate Blanchett (Hela), Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster), Karl Urban (Skurge), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/The Hulk confirmed to appear. That right there is a great indicator that this film will be more of a team-up film than a solo story. Now we are hearing that this movie has some great surprises lined up for fans that will further establish the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (more…)

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been expanding with each film and phase. With it comes some truly memorable characters and the actors have done a magnificent job at literally transforming themselves into becoming those characters. Ask a number of people who Robert Downey, Jr. is and the majority would likely say Iron Man (or perhaps Tony Stark, but less likely). The actor’s names have almost become synonymous with their Marvel role. Most fans would probably be up in arms if, say, Chris Evans decided to stop being Captain America and someone else came along to fill the role. It wouldn’t be the same! Well, get this… way back when Marvel was still working on Phase I, the studio originally approached an actor to land a key role in their film(s) but that actor passed. That actor was Mel Gibson. (more…)

Marvel has made a pretty heavy announcement today adding some big names to the cast of the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. They have also released some beautiful new concept art featuring the new villain Hela. Thor: Ragnarok will be third outing for the Norse God’s solo flicks and fans are hoping that the third time is still the charm. With the new cast additions of Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, and Karl Urban this latest adventure is shaping up to be pretty great. (more…)

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With Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe officially kicking off in just a few weeks with the release of Captain America: Civil War, speculation is flying as to what the third round of movies will bring. At a press event this weekend, some more information about Phase Three solidified as the Russo Brothers, who directed Civil War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier and are slated to direct the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movies, shifted attention from one MCU Chris (Chris Evans) to a couple other Chris-es. When asked about Infinity War, the Brothers confirmed the involvement of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt).

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Waiting for April Fools Day to pull a prank is an amateur move for a God of Mischief such as Loki. Tom Hiddleston, who plays the aforementioned MCU villain (and sometimes reluctant good guy), paid a surprise visit to Fox 32 in the Chicago area on Thursday, the day before shenanigans are to be expected, to deliver the weather report. Meteorologist Mike Caplan felt it was only natural that, as the brother of Thor, The God of Thunder, Loki should shed some light on the storms happening in the Midwest. (more…)

After finding out that Cate Blanchett would be joining the Marvel Universe via a lead female role in Thor: Ragnarok, there was much speculation on which character the multi award winning actress might be portraying.  Mark Ruffalo spilled the beans that Blanchett would be playing a baddie, and now that we know which one, we don’t envy the work Thor and Hulk have cut out for themselves! (more…)

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Thor: Ragnarok‘s production is heating up with some interesting casting news, Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, LOTR) is said to be in talks to join the Thor: Ragnarok cast. She’s joining an already talent heavy cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Jamie Alexander and is likely to also include Idris Elba, Natalie Portman, and Sir Anthony Hopkins. What role might the ever-so-talented Blanchett be up for? (more…)

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Ant-Man may have marked the end of Marvel‘s Phase Two, but now that everything is released on video, including the the limited edition, Amazon exclusive, Phase Two Blu-Ray box set, it really feels like we’re officially in Phase Three. Before you know it, we’ll be posting articles and reviews about the newly released Captain America: Civil War, talking about how amazing it was. But life is too short to be rushing into Phase Three. Let’s take a moment first to enjoy some of the moments in Phase Two. Especially as some new material and sneak peeks into the future were just released with the Amazon exclusive Blu-Ray set. Perhaps the most exciting new material is a deleted scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron where Thor and Vision have a prolonged fight. Let’s watch, shall we?

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers. Jake here, from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bagged and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the week’s best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out the latest comic book titles you should be reading. (more…)

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It’s a bromance for the ages. While it’s still unknown whether Thor: Ragnarok will explore Bruce Banner‘s relationship with the meaner and greener side of himself, we know it will show us more of the friendship between Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Ruffalo went as far as to describe the upcoming Marvel film as “a buddy picture,” although even in the tightest of friendships there are bound to be squabbles. For two superheros, however, “squabbles” is definitely an understatement. (more…)