Anticipation. It’s something we can’t help but feel whenever a movie studio decides to announce a new film that will spark thousands of people’s interest. Our interest and expectations is what drives us to eat up any bit of promotional material studios throw our way. The best strategy movie studios use to hold our attention are character posters.
The God of Thunder is back with a new look in Thor: Ragnarok. In the official teaser trailer released by Marvel (view below), Hela, the goddess of death and ruler of Hel and Niflheim, makes her way to Asgard and annihilates it. This includes Thor’s hammer Mjölnir, which Hela catches after being thrown by Thor (a truly WTF moment) and breaks it into pieces with one hand. The destruction of Asgard seemingly launches Thor into outer space where he crash lands onto a very colorful planet full of aliens. He’s taken prisoner and his beautiful golden hair is cut off. We get to meet Valkyrie (played by Tessa Thompson) and Grandmaster (played by Jeff Goldblum) who hosts gladiator matches in a huge colosseum. The main event just happens to be Thor vs. Hulk, where Thor says an awfully hilarious, “We know each other! He’s a friend from work!”
Think Godzilla meets indie romantic comedy. Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, and directed by Nacho Vigalondo, follows Gloria (Anne Hathaway) through her mental breakdown after losing her job and getting dumped by her boyfriend in New York City. She moves back home to her hometown in Upstate New York and catches up with her friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). After news that a giant monster (Kaiju – Japanese for strange beast) has appeared in Seoul, South Korea and is destroying the place, Gloria realizes she’s more connected to the incident than she thought. She can actually control the monster from the other side of the world. Didn’t see that one coming.
SPIDER-MAN IS FINALLY BACK HOME! And I’m not just talking back to Queens, but back to Marvel Studios (suck it Sony.) In a way, the title, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a reference to Marvel Studios placing Peter Parker, this time played by Tom Holland, into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Where he belongs.
After some success in the beginning of the 2000’s, with Tobey Maguire playing the Web-Head in three films, the franchise died with Spider-Man 3 in 2007. I blame Topher Grace. The franchise was rebooted in 2012 as The Amazing Spider-Man with Andrew Garfield wearing the tights. That crash and burned after two films.
Star Lord and the gang are back this year with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, saving everyone again from utter destruction.