Marvel Announces a New Female THOR Set to Take the Lead in the Comics Starting This Fall

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Marvel Comics told fans to expect a big announcement on today’s installment of The View and boy, did they deliver.   That news of course being that the title of Thor, starting this fall, will be filled by a woman in the Thor comics.  Now this isn’t to say that our old God of Thunder is completely out of the picture, but rather that someone else will now wield his power and hammer, Mjolnir; she just so happens to be a female.  Hit the jump for a breakdown of the announcement as well as a look into who else has held the hammer in the past.

Sir Anthony Hopkins Talks NOAH, Working with Darren Aronofsky, Filming in Iceland, If He Knows When He’s Playing Odin Next, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah.  As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film also stars Jennifer ConnellyRay WinstoneEmma Watson, Sir Anthony HopkinsLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage30 imagesa featurette, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Sir Anthony Hopkins.  He talked about working with Aronofsky, how he got involved in the project, what it was like filming in Iceland, if he knows when he’ll be playing Odin in another Marvel movie again, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Check out Deleted Scenes from THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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A deleted scene has been released from the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as well as another deleted scene from Thor: The Dark World.  The Catching Fire scene has Sam Claflin explaining how his learning to tie a noose in less than ten seconds ultimately went to waste, and while this scene does show more of his character Finnick Odair being charming, I can understand why it was left on the cutting room floor.  As for the scene from Thor, it’s a brief fight between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and some Asgardian guards, and that’s about it.

Hit the jump to check out the deleted scenes.  Click here to pre-order The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which will be released on March 7th.  Thor: The Dark World is now available to own, and you can click here to go buy it.

Deleted Scene, Gag Reel, and Behind-the-Scenes Featurette from the Blu-ray for THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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Thor: The Dark World will soon be on Blu-ray, and so Marvel is releasing a peek at some of the special features.  Among them is a behind-the-scenes featurette talking about casting Tom Hiddleston as Loki (it contains the full video of his audition for Thor; we previously posted GIFs), a gag reel (they had fun!), and a deleted scene where Freya (Rene Russo) explains why Loki, an adopted child, has her powers.  It’s solid material, and I hope there’s more of this good stuff on the disc.

Hit the jump to check out the special features.  Thor: The Dark World will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download on February 25th.  Click here to pre-order.

Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost to Co-Write THOR 3

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With the post-Avengers bump, Thor: The Dark World grossed $633 million worldwide, a 40% increase on Thor‘s $449 million total.  That is sufficient reason for Marvel to follow up on the cliffhanger at the end of The Dark World in a sequel.  Variety reports the studio has hired Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost to co-write Thor 3.  No plot details are known at this time, but Chris Hemsworth is expected to return.  Kyle and Yost’s first writing credits are for the animated series X-Men: Evolution.  Yost worked on the Thor 2 script while Kyle worked his way up to senior VP of production and development at Marvel Studios.

This comes on the heels of the announcement that the Russo brothers are in early negotiations to return for Captain America 3.  Hit the jump for a look at all the Marvel movies on the calendar.

Watch Tom Hiddleston Dress up as Captain America and a Get a Glimpse of His Screen Test for Thor

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You can always use more Tom Hiddleston in your life, so in addition to the new Super Bowl spot where he’s featured alongside Ben Kingsley and Mark Strong, we also have some his Marvel shenanigans. [Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Thor: The Dark World]  First, there’s an alternate scene of Loki messing with Thor, and unlike the movie where they were able to sub in Chris Evans, this version has Hiddleston in the Captain America gear.  It’s pretty fun, especially since it allows Hiddleston to do his amusing impression.  As for Hiddleston playing other Avengers, there’s a brief GIF of Hiddleston testing to play Thor.  The full screen test is unavailable, but it provides a glimpse of what might have been.  Ultimately, I can’t imagine anyone else playing Loki, I’m glad everything panned out the way it did.

Hit the jump to check out the video and the GIFs.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD Blu-ray Special Features Revealed; Marvel One-Shot Titled “All Hail the King” [Updated with Artwork and Trailer]

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There’s currently no home release date for Thor: The Dark World, but a list of the special features have popped up online.  The special features include six deleted/extended scenes with audio commentary, a gag reel, an audio commentary track for the feature, a few featurettes, and an “Exclusive Look – Captain America: The Winter Soldier“.  The set also includes the new Marvel One-Shot, “All Hail the King”.  You may remember that a few months ago, we reported that Ben Kingsley was shooting a secret project for Marvel.  Could this be what Kingsley was working on?  Is the “King” of the title the King Lear that made Trevor Slattery the “toast of Croydon”?

Hit the jump to check out the list of special features.  Thor: The Dark World will be available for digital download starting February 4th and will be released on Blu-ray February 25th. [Update: Disney has released the official artwork for the two Blu-ray releases as well as a trailer, which all can be viewed after the jump.]

Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Look at THOR: THE DARK WORLD’s Visual Effects

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If you have theories about the percentage of blue/green-screen effects used in Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World, you might want to check out this behind-the-scenes look at the film’s visual trickery.  It not only includes a look at the pre-viz stage (courtesy of digital effects company, The Third Floor), but more than a few instances of practical effects used in the film.  Taylor also appears to comment on the extensive location shooting in the Marvel sequel along with the effects process.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings and Idris Elba, Thor: The Dark World is now playing in theaters.  Hit the jump to check out the featurette.

Weekend Box Office: THOR 2 Retains the Crown but THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY Steals Some Thunder

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Bouncing back from its second-place finish on Friday, Thor: The Dark World was back on top this weekend. That victory may have felt a bit more thunderous, however, had it not been for The Best Man Holiday. Instead of opening with the respectable $18 million that was forecast,  Holiday’s weekend estimate came closer to first place than most had imagined.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Thor: The Dark World $38,454,000 $149.9
2.  The Best Man Holiday $30,593,000 $30.6
3.  Last Vegas $8,850,000 $46.9
4.  Free Birds $8,300,000 $42.2
5.  Bad Grandpa $7,670,000 $90.2
6  Gravity $6,280,000 $240.5
7.  Ender’s Game $6,200,000 $53.7
8.  12 Years a Slave $4,700,000 $24.9
9.  Captain Phillips $4,500,000 $97.6
10.  About Time $3,620,000 $11.5

Christopher Eccleston Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD, the Humor, Preparing for the Role, the Makeup, and More

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With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World now playing around the world, I recently got to interview the cast and filmmakers in London.  As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  The film also stars Natalie PortmanStellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.

During my video interview with Eccleston, he talked about the film’s humor, if he was a fan of the Marvel movies before getting the role, when he found out he’d have to wear a lot of makeup, and more.  In addition, he talked about recently getting to work with Terence Stamp and Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE COLLISION: Episode 64 – THOR: THE DARK WORLD and the State of Marvel

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This week on The Collision, we talk about Thor: The Dark World, and decide that every time a Marvel movie comes out, we assess the current state of the studio and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  We talk about the consistency of the movies, their quality, the exciting future especially as it pertains to Guardians of the Galaxy, looking ahead to phase three, self-critique of supporting teaser culture, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations. [This podcast contains spoilers about Thor: The Dark World]

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Separating Art from the Artist”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore).

Weekend Box Office: THOR: THE DARK WORLD Thunders Past $86 Million

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Thor: The Dark World earned an estimated $86.1 million from 3,841 locations on its first weekend in theatres.  That might seem like a step down for the Thunder God after appearing in The Avengers but, Disney will be quick to note, the debut marks a 31% improvement over Thor’s first solo outing, in 2011. And, as for all those predictions that put the sequel in the $100 million range? I’m not sure what we were thinking…

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Thor: The Dark World $86,100,000 $86.1
2.  Bad Grandpa $11,300,000 $78.7
3.  Free Birds $11,180,000 $38.1
4.  Last Vegas $11,100,000 $33.5
5.  Ender’s Game $10,800,000 $44
6.  Gravity $8,405,000 $231.1
7.  12 Years a Slave $6,600,000 $17.3
8.  Captain Phillips $5,800,000 $90.9
9.  About Time $5,172,000 $6.6
10.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $2,800,000 $109.9

THOR and THOR: THE DARK WORLD by the Numbers

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It’s easy enough to make a live-action movie about a billionaire, a scientist, or a soldier.  But to realize The Avengers, Marvel first needed to bring a god to the silver screen.  Thor has been a Marvel Comics mainstay for over five decades, but in 2011′s Thor, Marvel needed to prove that the fantasy mythology that worked in the comics would translate.  Thor proved a crucial stepping stone to the cultural dominance of The Avengers in 2012.  Now Thor is a standalone draw, with sequel Thor: The Dark World the proud owner of an $86 million opening weekend.

Hit the jump for Thor by the Numbers, a numbers-based feature that tracks how Marvel turned the comics god into a viable screen superhero.

TOP 5: THOR: THE DARK WORLD, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, Marvel Live-Action Series Coming to Netflix, 47 RONIN Set Visit, Blockbuster Video Is Dead

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Although I hate to naysay, I’ve gone on record several times with my lack of excitement for the upcoming RoboCop remake (here’s one example although I’m sure there are more). This past week MGM and Sony released the new trailer for the film and while I think the cast has the potential to be great, in general the movie just keeps digging itself into a bigger hole with every bit of new footage that I see. Whereas Paul Verhoeven‘s original was laced with social critique that was often ahead of its time if not at least skillfully deployed, this latest trailer goes out of its way to show that it too has something to say about social issues with on the nose references to the idea of using American resources to promote peace abroad rather than at home and the invasive nature of corporate marketing/branding. You keep up with current affairs, we get it. Speaking of marketing, probably my biggest beef with this latest cut comes in its final seconds when it shows RoboCop making a grandiose landing that essentially says “You guys liked the Iron Man movies, right?! You should definitely check this out then because it has a guy in a futuristic suit too!”. Thanks but no thanks, MGM and Sony.

Now that I’ve levied more criticism on a 2:30 trailer than is likely fair, let’s move on to something more positive. This week’s Top 5 features Thor: The Dark World interviews with Tom Hiddleston and more, Dallas Buyers Club interviews with the likes of Jared Leto, the news that Marvel will bring live-action series to Netflix featuring Daredevil and others, a recap of Steve’s 47 Ronin set visit, and a farewell to the once massive video rental chain, Blockbuster Video. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Friday Box Office: THOR: THE DARK WORLD Hits $31.6 Million on Opening Day

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It wasn’t quite as mighty as it could have been, but the debut of Thor: The Dark World was still pleasing to the gods of Disney and Marvel. According to studio estimates, the sequel earned an estimated $31.6 million from 3,841 locations on Friday, including $7.1 million from Thursday night previews. That’s a 20% improvement over the launch of the first Thor in 2011 and puts Thor 2 on course for a weekend gross of $81 million. Considering that many projections had The Dark World pacing Fast & Furious 6 ($97.3 million) on its debut weekend, today’s estimate looks a bit soft. However, Disney announced on Wednesday that $80 million was its target so, mission accomplished. We’ll have full details and the top ten when you check back tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1.  Thor: The Dark World $31,663,000 $31.6
2.  Bad Grandpa $3,400,000 $70.8
3.  Last Vegas $3,220,000 $25.6
4.  Ender’s Game
$2,900,000 $36.6
5.  Free Birds
$2,500,000 $21.5
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