Snowed in and Reading Comic Books

I couldn't make it to the theatre yesterday. I was pretty sure I'd barely make it out of my driveway, so I didn't even try. Therefore, I'm curled up under a blanket reading comic books. Okay, more accurately, curled up under a blanket reading about comic book movies. I know, it's only been four months this time, but hey, I need something to write about, since I didn't get the chance to see all the weird camera angles they apparently used to make Johnny Depp look more than two inches taller than Angelina.

Anyway, there is more fun information out there, so at least I've got stuff to talk about. The newest excitement is all about Thor, of course, and with Anthony Hopkins as Odin, I can't blame them. I'm only surprised he didn't play a god sooner. Chris Hemsworth is the title character. He's one of the Australian actors flooding the U.S. to steal all the acting jobs. In the comic book, Odin decided that Thor needed to learn some humility. (Marvel messes with the myth a lot, but here they're spot on.)

So Thor is exiled, and his consciousness ends up sharing space with the mind of a mortal doctor, Donald Blake. While on vacation, Blake (who walks with a cane) ends up "accidentally" finding Thor's hammer, disguised as an ordinary walking stick, and discovers that whacking said walking stick on the ground really hard turns him into the God of Thunder. What a thing to find out, huh? Though as Thor, he's romantically linked with Sif (Jaimie Alexander in the upcoming flick, who is very pretty), Goddess of the Earth, as Blake, he's involved with his nurse, Jane Foster. I don't remember her doing much in the comics, but then, I wasn't much of a Thor fan.

Obviously that origin has to change, since there's no way Blake could "accidentally" find said hammer after Iron Man 2, and it certainly isn't in disguise. I'd say that Jane will also get to do more, but since she's played by Natalie Portman, it's possible she'll channel her perfomance from the recent Star Wars debacles and wander around aimlessly. Maybe she'll race to Asgard for no reason and then rush back to Midgard* for even less reason in order to pad out the film.

The fun part of this movie, of course, is going to be naming all the deities. That didn't work out so well in Clash of the Titans, but that was mainly because so few of them said anything, and they were too shiny to look at directly. I'm hoping for better luck here. And yes, Idris Elba is playing a Norse demigod. He's Heimdall, Guardian of the Rainbow Bridge that connects Asgard, realm of the gods and goddesses, and Midgard, realm of the lowly mortals. I know, he doesn't exactly look Norwegian. But hey, the Vikings were cosmopolitan. They got around. They didn't care what you looked like as long as you could fight. Besides, I like Idris Elba; and face it, he's more than capable of looking intimidating enough to be a demigod.

Thor wasn't quite one of the core members of the comic book Avengers, but I can see why they'd want a god on the team for the sake of the movies. They're definitely going for diversity. I mean, the Black Widow is cool, but if whoever the team is fighting presents Thor with a challenge, then that bad guy will squash her like, well, a black widow. If the bad guy is a good challenge for her, then Thor can just flick him away with a wave of his hand. It's like a 500 point GURPS Black Ops character adventuring with a 50 point average human, only worse. I do hope they've taken that into account.

I have somewhat less fun stuff about Captain America, since that's further out. The title character (aka Steve Rogers) is played by Chris Evans. Chris played Jensen in The Losers, also a comic adaptation, which is fine; but he also played the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies, which is less fine, since Marvel was saying that all the movies from Iron Man on out were going to be consistent with each other. Apparently Johnny Storm is a descendant of Steve Rogers?

The film is called Captain America: The First Avenger, by the way. They're apparently sticking with his original origin as an average guy who volunteered for World War II and was turned down. Anxious to do something for his country, he volunteered for the Super Soldier program.

The program lived up to its name, giving him extra strength, agility, and toughness, and Steve Rogers became Captain America and started wearing red, white, and blue spandex. He also had a nifty matching shield -- no, he wasn't going for subtlety -- made out of adamantium. The observant may have spotted said shield in Tony Stark's lab already; though what it's doing there instead of in World War II, I don't know. But again, I'm pulling all this from my encyclopedic knowledge of comic books. Okay, more like an abridged encyclopedia, but I try. Hugo Weaving is playing Cap's biggest adversary, the Red Skull. That should be cool. For those who know the comic, it looks like they're going with the second Red Skull, Johann Schmidt, former confident of Hitler. Yikes.

I can't say if they're going to do something extreme to keep the Red Skull alive indefinitely like they did in the comics, but for those who are scratching their heads wondering how Captain America can join the Avengers when he's ninety, be reassured that the Super Soldier program also made him live a long time. I think they connected that up with the same program that made Wolverine part adamantium, though I don't know if that's going to happen in the movies at all, since I'm not entirely sure Wolverine is even supposed to be older than he looks in the movies.

But now the streets are clear, the sun is out, and it's time to put the comics away. This is your super-speculative Movie Critic Next Door signing off until next week, when I'll be either rejoicing or despairing over Tron: Legacy. It's probably about a fifty-fifty chance.

*Note: Pictures stolen from the Marvel wikia. I hope they don't mind.

Avengers Assemble! Nick Fury, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America


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Definitely comics and movies are interrelated with each other from years, we have been noticed that most of the movies are usually adopted by the comics scripts, director get some best bounded scripts from these comic books such as Spider man, Iron man, Super man and many more movies are based upon these concepts of comic books.

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