Thor is revealed!

Hi all…

Yes, more comic book movie news. Thor, another in the line of Avengers-worthy films from Marvel, is coming next year – May 6, 2011. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, known for his acting and directing talents, Thor will likely have a very different look and feel from The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man franchises.

For a while now, I’ve been wondering who they would get to play the mighty Thor and his alter-ego Dr. Donald Blake – and it’s none other than George Kirk, father of James T. Kirk from the JJ Abrams-rebooted Star Trek film – Chris Hemsworth.

Yahoo Movies somehow managed to snag the first image of the costumed Hemsworth as Thor, and I have to say it works for me. And yes, even the cape works.

This is another comic book movie that has attracted some top-shelf actors… Natalie Portman, Idris Elba (as Heimdall!), Anthony Hopkins (totally believable as Odin), Stellan Skarsgard, Ray Stevenson, Rene Russo… So this should be interesting.

Also out next year will be Captain America: The First Avenger on July 22, 2011. Director Joe Johnston will direct current hotshot actor Chris Evans as the titular Steve Rogers / Captain America character. How will Evans pull off the seriousness of Cap when all he’s done is a bunch of smartass characters? Heck if I know. But it should be interesting to see how it works out.

Then the big event – The Avengers movie, due out on May 4, 2012 – will bring together Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Nick Fury, and others under the watchful eye of director/writer extraordinaire Joss Whedon.

Marvel has the potential to knock all of these movies out of the park. And I have to say I’m extremely geeked up to see Iron Man 2 next weekend. Can this all-star cast – Favreau, Downey Jr., Don Cheadle (stepping into Terrence Howard’s shoes as James Rhodes), Scarlett Johansson (as Black Widow), Paltrow, Sam Rockwell (as anti-Stark Justin Hammer), Mickey Rourke (as Whiplash/Ivan Vanko), Sam Jackson (back as Nick Fury) – pull off another home run this season?

Let’s hope so. The next couple of years will definitely be interesting whether they do or not…

–Fitz

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Upcoming DVD Release of Iron Man on September 30, 2008!

Iron Man Soundtrack album cover

Image via Wikipedia

Hi all…

As if you haven’t heard yet, I thought I’d reiterate that Iron Man is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. Iron Man was the biggest highlight of the summer for me. (Not even Hellboy 2 could really come up to Iron Man’s standard. Neither could Indy IV or The Incredible Hulk… We’ll hope we get so lucky next summer.)

Robert Downey Jr. made the role of Tony Stark look incredibly easy, both in and out of the armor. And it remained an amazing film even on two viewings in the theater. I can onlyl hope that it stays great through future viewings at home. 🙂

I’m especially excited bout the I Am Iron Man documentary. This documentary goes through all the phases of making the film, even up to the premiere. There’s also a documentary that focuses on the special effects and one about the history of the Iron Man character.

And there are of course a few deleted scenes that may fill in a few gaps. 🙂

The Blu-ray version also sports a guided tour through the Hall of Armor. A geek dream. 🙂 Makes me wish I had a Blu-ray player. [sigh]

Does everyone already have their Iron Man DVDs on order?

–Fitz

p.s. If you haven’t ordered yours, go ahead and order it at the following links:

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The Incredible Hulk Was Actually Good!

The Incredible HulkImage by stan via Flickr

Hey all…

I often find myself going into a movie with mixed reviews wondering if I’m making a mistake. The Incredible Hulk was one of those movies. After the success of Iron Man, it was going to be difficult, if not impossible, for Marvel to follow it up with a second killer movie. Beyond all expectations, I think it actually succeeded.

[rating:4/4]

Yes, I’m in shock too. However, this movie sucked me in by the end of the first 10 minutes. And it wasn’t the special effects. It was Edward Norton, the script, and the rest of the cast.

Here‘s the IMDb link…

Now, I enjoyed Ang Lee’s “The Hulk” from 2003. But it had its flaws. The action and story was there, but the acting and script really wasn’t. (You can see the IMDb link for that version here.) The comic book transitions were cool for a while, but they quickly grew stale. And though I’ve been in love with Jennifer Connelly forever, she couldn’t save that movie from itself.

Now move 5 years into the future when Marvel has taken control of its movie franchises… Louis Letterier directs (also directed The Transporter and Danny the Dog (aka Unleashed), which are two great movies from earlier this decade). Add in a great Zak Penn script that builds beautifully. Add in a great actor like Edward Norton and a great supporting cast — Liv Tyler (Betty Ross), Tim Roth (Emil Blonsky), William Hurt (General “Thunderbolt” Ross)… Add in some gratuitous Marvel references to the serum that created Captain America, Stark Industries from Iron Man, and a reference to what might become The Avengers movie down the line…

And you end up with a fanboy wet dream.

The trailers don’t do it justice… Continue reading “The Incredible Hulk Was Actually Good!”