No Will Smith; no (major) problem.
With Will Smith completely uninterested in returning to the 22-year-old Men in Black franchise (once upon a time, Smith made it look good) and otherwise busy with other commercial pursuits (playing a blue-skinned, top-knotted, magical genie in the recent live-action Aladdin adaptation), Tommy Lee Jones all-but-retired from performing, Sony Pictures unsurprisingly turned to one of the MCU’s MVPs, Chris Hemsworth, and Hemsworth’s Thor: Ragnarok co-star, Tessa Thompson, to restart and/or soft reboot a series that last saw the darkened interior of an air-conditioned movie theater seven years ago (given the rapidity in which pop-culture favorites turn into yesterday’s disposable detritus, zero guarantee moviegoers will respond with more than just passing nostalgia). It was still a gamble. Hemsworth has yet to carry a film outside the MCU. Thompson has yet to topline a major studio film. On individual charisma and collective chemistry alone, Hemsworth and Thompson prove themselves more than worthy of headlining a big-budget, spectacle-driven franchise entry of their own, the F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious, Straight Outta Compton, The Negotiator, Friday) directed Men in Black: International. (more…)
All season long viewers continued to be teased about the “door” and the “valley beyond.” The final episode of season two finally revealed what they really were. But those story points are overshadowed by a few other reveals.
This week sees the answer about who won the race to the Forge, gave us a truth about who really was running things behind the scenes, and in a post credits scene answered the question about whether William (Ed Harris) was a host.
The title of this episode is ‘The Passenger’ and that is explained as well, but a better name might have been ‘All Hail Dolores!!!’ (that will make sense later).
The upcoming Entertainment Weekly cover was released today and features a first look at Hela (Cate Blanchett) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thomson) two new characters featured in Taika Waititi‘s Thor: Ragnarok. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) look to have their hands full in this latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Check out the new costumes below. (more…)
‘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…)
Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters everywhere in a couple of weeks, Doctor Strange is currently in post-production, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is presently before the cameras in Atlanta. Next up is the untitled Spider-Man film, and then we’ll be into Thor: Ragnarok, the third in Marvel’s series of somewhat disappointing solo adventures of the Norse God of Thunder. Adding fuel to the speculation that the studio is trying to shake things up for Thor in the upcoming film is an interesting casting announcement that a rising star from Creed is joining the movie for a very central role. (more…)
There are a number of ways you can read Creed as a movie. First of all there’s the cynical view that movie producers were looking for a way to capitalize on a vaunted Hollywood name – in this case, Rocky – in order to make box office money without really trying. Then there’s the view that Ryan Coogler and his Fruitvale Station collaborator Michael B. Jordan were trying to create a simple story about testing the limits of one’s capability and family legacy out of the whole cloth of Rocky’s history. But there’s also a third reading of Creed, what if it’s a movie about filmmakers trying to use the comfort of nostalgia and familiarity to deconstruct the Rocky mythos. (more…)