Thor Ragnarok Movie Review

Well I must say that Marvel has out done themselves this time around. It seems to be that they keep upping the stakes with every movie lately, Thor being a perfect example of it. They really got out of there comfort zone and it really paid off.

It was clear from the opening scene what type of movie this was going to be, an action comedy flick. Which isn’t new at all for them (hints Guardians of the Galaxy 1-2 and Spiderman). But it was new for the character of Thor, sure he does have some comedic parts in his previous solo movies, but it was nothing like this. We mainly know him as this mystic catcher that’s full of wisdom and higher knowledge. It was great seeing him in a whole new way. And finally accepting the role he of what he was born to do.

Bruce Banner aka the Hulk perhaps may have sacrificed the most. Seeing him first appear as the Hulk filled with nothing but pure anger, is nothing new at all. Seeing this beast act as a big baby was the icing on the cake to love him even more, it makes him like a loveable giant. But the more they establish why the way he is, is really heartbreaking. He was always viewed as  A losing battle with the Hulk and fear of not becoming Banner ever again is a problem he is forced to face.

Not to mention the whole journey with his brother that we all love to hate Loki. Seeing how he has been since his last appearance in Thor 2 the Dark World, was very interesting. It shouldn’t of come to anyone’s surprise to see how he tricked everyone into seeing something that wasn’t there. After everything he’s been through he still hasn’t changed a bit but, that’s what everyone seems to love about him. But he does go through his own hero’s journey in his own way throughout the movie, it’s interesting to see how greedy he can truly be when the stakes are so high. But oh well what can you expect from the god of mischief

The Villain, oh my the villain! I keep telling myself “This was my favorite villain, no wait this one was”. Simply put she was badass! It’s not often we see a villain that you kind of want to win solely due to how awesome she is. Her motives where clear from the start to finish Cate Blanchett as Hela was definitely award winning. Every scene she was in I was found myself getting scared of everyone around her because that’s how ruthless she was.

Another badass female role in this movie was Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. She was as beautiful as she was dangerous. She easily had the full hero’s journey in this movie, with coming to terms with her inner demons. She is given a mysterious role at first that constantly teases you for more. I hope they show more of her off in future Marvel movies.

But let’s not forget about the comedic villain as I like to call him. Jeff Goldblum role as the GrandMaster. Although he easily gets over shadowed by Hela he plays a big role to the MCU as a whole. He helped explained the comic lore in the MCU establishing that there are countless beings out there, it is important to add that Guardians of the Galaxy has already done this. But this just adds on to it. Every scene he as in you find yourself laughing it him for something new every time, and it’s nice that Marvel decided to do that with this character.

The supporting cast was by far the best, some where badass warriors, or some where just gentle giants. Everyone one in that movie served a purpose and it seemed like they all enjoyed working on this film. Giving it their all as comedic or serious parts for such small roles. They even went as far as getting some characters we’ve seen in previous movies to make an appearance in Ragnarok.

Overall Thor was great! From the cheesy sci fi music, to the fight scenes that we all love. This is a must watch that I highly recommend. Giving it a 9.5/10

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The Defenders Review

The long anticipated wait for the Defenders was well worth it. Being able to see our favorite street level heroes team up was something worth witnessing. Now the Defenders was something that has been building up since DareDevil season one which debuted on April 10, 2015. Ending with Season one of Iron Fist that made it’s debut on March 17, 2017.

Personally I find myself looking forward more and more towards the Netflix marvel, because I love seeing such grounded heros that struggle with living dual lives. Seeing the struggle of balancing a healthy normal life and fighting crime at night is almost a work of art on it’s own. But one of the few things I enjoy to watch is witnessing them get beaten to near death, just because in a way it humanizes them and you can see there limits.

The show starts off with a strong start that’s impossible to hate. It picks off immediately where they all left off with Danny hunting the Hand getting no where, Mattew helping out the little people in law cases, Jessica dealing with the aftermath of what happened to her and KillGrave, and lastly Luke getting out of prison and continuing his life.

Netflix did another amazing job at humanizing them with Danny being haunted by his decision of leaving k’un lun and seeing his dead comrades, it really adds a whole new element on his character and how he views himself. Jessica being in denial with becoming a hero, Matt struggling not to put on his suit and protect his beloved city. It was one thing I personally enjoyed.

The way all of their stories intertwine is really natural and well done. With Iron Fist hunting down the Hand leading him directly to a kids that Cage was following,which leads to a fun little back way alley fight between the unbreakable man and the immortal Iron Fist. As well with Jessica being in illegal troubles out of nowhere Murdock comes out of nowhere to defend her as her lawyer. It all went smooth and was pleasing to see.

How they all decide to aline themselves to defeating the Hand was very Tony Stark With Rand convincing the rest of the team to unite. There are a lot of comedic parts of where the writers are self aware of how ridiculous it is to run around at night in a costume, or claim to fight a dragon to unlock your “Chi”. The chemistry of the cast is fantastic you can see a lot of moments of Danny and Luke getting along hinting at the “Heroes for Hire” story arc where the two of them charge money to do heroic duties.

To go further more with Luke there are plenty of moments where he acts like the ladies man he is. Lots of moments you can obviously tell he is not completely over Jessica, and she feels the exact same way about him. With her making a lot of sexual jokes with him, and not to mention the tension between the two of them. Almost in a way making a love triangle between Luke, Jessica, and Claire it’ll be interesting to see this unfold. Mainly because in the comics Jessica and Luke end up being together and having kids.

As well as Daredevil with being broken, with the aftermath of everything that has happened to him. Throughout the whole show he constantly keeps secrets from the team .He wants nothing to do with the rest of them, seeing him come around and trust them was great. As well him trying constantly trying to break through to Electra no matter the cost and refusing to let her go because of how much he loves her.

Jessica Jones perhaps had the full hero’s journey as opposed to everyone else. Denying everything and wanting nothing to do with the Hand, and the fight even though she knew what they can do. She’s not one to get along with people and team up seeing her being able to team up and get along was strange but nice to see.

Even seeing them all turn and fight each other was awesome, they all didn’t agree with each other throughout the show, it’ll even make you hate Iron Fist a little bit more as well. Mainly because he’s acting like a little brat. Which leads to him fighting all of the defenders that doesn’t end all that well for him. But I could see why due to his ties with k’un lun and his deep hate with the Hand.

The Hand was a fun villain. Because you get to view things from there side which doesn’t happen all that often, even showing off all the other members as well. One of the biggest shockers was to find out that Gao wasn’t the one in charge which is what we’ve been lead to believe this whole time. Seeing them in action in full force was new and exciting.

The ending left the possibilities endless now. Jessica went back to being a P.I. and with the announcement of KillGrave in season two, Luke going back to have his life, Danny protecting the city. Which might hint at him suiting up to be DareDevil like he does for a short time in the comics.Also with Misty and her missing arm will she end up getting her robotic arm? But most important with the Devil Of Hell’s Kitchen himself still being alive with a nun calling for his mother to see him, which raises more questions like did Gao, and Electra survive too?

The show was fun to watch and I give it a 9/10

The Defenders Trailer Break Down

May 3rd Marvel dropped a pleasant surprise on all of us. It’s no secret that the Netflix division of Marvel has been building up for sometime now the Defenders with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. They finally show us some tidbits of the actual defenders now.

Based off the first few seconds it seems like it’s going to mostly have a the darker tone that we’re used to seeing in Daredevil. From the camera angles to the usage of the song “Smells like teen spirit” by Nirvana.

It kickstarts with Jessica Jones in trouble with the law being integrated by Misty Knight who we’ve seen in Luke Cage season one. With out of the blue Matthew Murdock aka Daredevil coming in to defend her as her lawyer. It seems like the way all of our beloved heroes meet is going to be very natural and not forced at all.

On the other hand the way Danny Rand on Luke Cage cross paths is going to be solely on Claire Temple. Even though she is the one thing connecting all four of our heros directly she did play more of an emotional role to some more than others. With that said it doesn’t seem like those two first encounter is going to be all happy and thrilling.

The aftermath of Daredevil season two and Iron Fist season one are going to play a huge role in the Defenders, because of how heavily they deal with the hand. They even show off Stick who helped Daredevil take on the hand. From the looks of it he might play a role of a mentor or a teacher for them all. They even show Elektra looking as badass as usual.

But the trailer doesn’t confirm that the hand will be the major villain at all. It does tell us that they will be fighting a huge underground criminal syndicate, and whoever they are fighting is something that is much bigger than they are. The Netflix Marvel as a usual tone of being darker than it’s TV and Movies, and it seems to be the same with this one too. The Defenders will launch globally on August 18th, 2017.

Legion Renewed for a Second Season

Did you really have any doubt this would happen? Fans of the show more than likely saw this coming from a mile away.  It’s become without a doubt one of FX most successful shows.

In the ratings and with the critics this show is loved. With such a strong fanbase almost mirroring what HBO did for West World late last year. Similarly both of the two shows rely heavily on fan theories and complex narrative that require all of your attention. However Legion has a rich history of lore that can be digged up by picking up and reading one of its comics. The show follows a mutant by the name of David Haller who’s the son of Professor Xavier the leader of the X-Men, and how David is lead to believe he has schizophrenia. But soon realizes the voices in his head our powers and he must learn to channel them. It’s also important to add that this is the first show that Fox and Marvel have teamed up in.

Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television said in a statement that he is proud of where the show is headed.  As well as what Marvel and FX have accomplished. This isn’t the only show that Marvel and Fox have teamed up on, there working on another one directly connected with the X-Men universe as well. It follows the story of a parent and two young mutants on the run from an dangerous government with intentions to harm them.

One of the main problems that Legion tends to have is the editing for the story. Many people throughout the show many people find themselves confused on the pacing of it. Noah Hawley is being accused of of sacrificing substance for style. But he has confirmed that the plot will be better understood by the end of the season.

Legion airs every wednesday nights at 10 p.m

Thors new look in Ragnarok

It’s no secret that the director of the new Thor movie Taika Waititi is taking the prince of Asgard in a new direction. With the third installment to his franchise it’s time to make some serious changes. Just like it’s predecessors Iron man 3 with destroying his suits. Or Captain America with its civil war. Well Thor got just that a huge change no one saw coming a haircut!

Chris Hemsworth told Entertainment Weekly”It’s nice not to have to sit in the makeup chair for that hour each morning,”. Which is a clear jab at wearing his wig all the time. He then went on to say”It felt like a rebirth for me as the actor but also as the character.”. Many people have made the connection to him having short hair to the comic series “The Unworthy Thor”. In which Odin deems him unworthy and must prove himself once again to wield the hammer of Thor.

Thor wasn’t the only one who seemed to get the spotlight Jeff Goldblum character as the Grandmaster images were released too. To those who do not know who the Grandmaster is he’s considered one of the oldest living beings in the Marvel universe. He strives on making playing games and travels to known universes and studies them. Once he has studied them well enough he forms his own tournaments and other games, he forces them play with extremely high stakes.
Other news that is confirmed for Ragnarok is Mark Ruffalo will return as the Hulk. As well as Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. Thor Ragnarok is set to be released on November 13th 2017.