Hiddleston back in Hall H

Picture1Hi Readers,

As you know last year I posted about how epic it was to be Loki’d at SDCC in Hall H. And it wasn’t just epic for me, it was epic for all 6,000 plus people in the room, and for Marvel as well. I also had speculated that Hiddleston’s nearly rabid reception was part of why Marvel ended up deciding to keep Loki around, instead of killing him in Thor: The Dark World.  But now all speculation aside, as nerds now have their badges, we have our first breaking news about what’s to come to Hall H. Loki!!!! That’s right. Last year went so well that they’re planning on another, possibly longer appearance of the god of Mischief, and we’re told by sources that rehearsals (pictured above) are already underway! We assume that his appearance will take place on Saturday, like last year, but we’ll update this post with more details as they come.

Were you in Hall H last year with Loki, and are you excited to see him again this year? Let us know in the comments!

Thoughts on Thor: The Dark World

I’ve already completed my Spoiler-FREE review of Thor: The Dark World and I recommending reading no further if you haven’t seen it yet, consider the trailer your SPOILER Warning!

MalekeithNow then, on to the review.  I mentioned in my spoiler free review of Thor: The Dark World that I was disappointed in the simplicity of Malekith.  Though at no point in Thor 2 was as disappointed in the villain as I was with Iron Man 3’s The Mandarin, however (and I’ll address this a bit further down) by comparison I’m liking Iron Man 3 more and more.  Continue reading “Thoughts on Thor: The Dark World” »

“I’m Impressed” Thor 2 Spoiler Free Review!

2013_thor_2_the_dark_world-wideThis past THORS-day I had the chance to see Thor: The Dark World a little sooner than others (though not sooner than a friend in Korea, so excuse me while I ask why did South Korea get it first??? No offense to South Korea by the way). Anyway this is my spoiler free review, with a more in depth one coming, that will definitely be spoiler heavy, though that may come later, after I’ve had a chance to see it again, and again! Continue reading ““I’m Impressed” Thor 2 Spoiler Free Review!” »

Super Saturday Part 5 MARVEL!

MarvelSo here it is, my most exciting part of the entire con, and it took me forever to blog it… part of it was busy-ness, part of it was laziness, and part of me felt that since I’d already blogged about (in my opinion) the most exciting part of the most exciting panel… where was my motivation for the rest of MARVEL? Well after reviewing the photos, I was reminded of how much fun the rest of it was.

So, the MARVEL panel of course started with Loki’s takeover, which I’ve posted at least three videos of in various places… because let’s face it, it was amazing, and unexpected, so major kudos to MARVEL for shocking fans, which is something that they’ve been doing for a couple of years now (something I’ll address further down), and good for them, most fans in Hall H are there because they’re already fans of these characters and story lines, and it can be hard to balance keeping things fresh, AND staying true to source material, which gives me hope for Avengers 2… but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Loki... with a book... you don't think the fanbase they're trying to appeal to is nerdy fan girls... do you?

Loki… with a book… you don’t think the fanbase they’re trying to appeal to is nerdy fan girls… do you?

So there was Loki’s takeover (did I mention yet that Loki was in Hall H? Ok, sorry that’s the last time I promise) which was used to introduce a new longer trailer for Thor 2, I’m assuming it’s the same trailer that this teaser, to the left is referring to, but we’ll see tomorrow when it premieres on Geek Week. If it’s not the same trailer then later, closer to the film I may explain something which happens in it, which could be a total game changer, but it feels so spoilery that I almost wish I hadn’t seen it, but anyway we saw the trailer, and right after that we had the panel for Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

Just like with Thor 2, we got a trailer, and it was awesome. The best part of the trailer was what a friend of mine has referred to as “an epic elevator throw down”, but what I enjoyed most about it is, even for those of us that already have some very solid expectations about the story, and the personal obstacles of being a man out of time that Steve Rogers has to go through, I don’t feel like the trailer was over promising in any way ( remember the last time MARVEL over promised… yeah I’m talking about The Mandarin…) which I think is the right way to go about it.

Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson

Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson
Photo credit: Beth Riley, of Geek Shot Photography

After the trailer, we got an actual panel!The panel was relatively brief, but they hit on the plot points, without really giving anything away

Also, while it wasn’t discussed a lot, as the photo below shows, Black Widow and Agent Hill play important roles in the film.

Cobie Smulders & Scarlett Johansson

Cobie Smulders & Scarlett Johansson
Photo credit: Beth Riley, of Geek Shot Photography

This should hopefully show off the fact that women can also make an impact when it comes to saving the world.

Though it’s still a long way away from film just for a MARVEL heroine… when are we getting Ms. Marvel???

But I digress, the point is, I’m definitely looking forward to April 4th next year!

After that, going by MARVEL’s master planned time frame we can begin getting excited for Guardians of the Galaxy, which was the next panel after Captain America 2.o-GUARDIANS-OF-THE-GALAXY-570

Now I’ll begin this portion of the blog by stating outright that I’ve never even picked up a Guardians of the Galaxy comic, which may actually be a good thing, because just like with any film made based upon widely loved source material, there’s a certain level of expectations that the fans have, and I’ve decided to not read any, so that I can go into Guardians of the Galaxy without any expectations, except for two things, one that it looks like it’ll be a really fun block buster… especially with the cast they’ve got
Guardians of the Galaxy

Karen Gillan & Michael Rooker

Yeah, it’s hard to tell who looks better bald, Karen Gillan or Michael Rooker, because she still looks gorgeous even without the hair!
Photos: Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker, above. Karen Gillan, right. Credit to Beth RileyGeek Shot

and that Karen Gillan will be bald! Yeah, that’s right BALD! She started the panel with a wig as seen here: Karen Gillan

Being the spunky Scottish girl she is though, when asked about the fact that her character is bald, she not only took off the wig, but getting carried away in the moment, threw it to the audience, before realizing that she needed it back! She did get her wig back after the panel, though in a slightly disheveled condition.

The trailer we saw gave us an idea of the types of characters to expect, and since the audience did a lot of laughing and cheering (myself included) I have to assume that they did well by the characters.

Now, on to the last bit of the MARVEL Panel… Joss Whedon came out with an announcement about Avengers 2. The teaser we got let us know two things, first that it’s going to heavily include Tony Stark, which really comes as no surprise, but add that to the fact that the official subtitle is: Age of Ultron (of which I know a tiny bit about) it has several fans ranting that Ultron was created by Hank Pym (AKA Ant-Man), and Ant-Man (again hats off to MARVEL for their planning) isn’t slated to come out until after the second Avengers movie, in November of 2015 (man time flies when you plan it out based on film releases) .

So as one fan I know (who has much more Ant-Man and Ultron knowledge than I do) has stated “if Stark creates Ultron… why are we getting an Ant-Man movie after, or even at all?”

Here’s my two-cents on the issue, as I stated above MARVEL has twice now, pulled the wool over fans eyes, at least that I was present for. The first being the Iron Man 3 panel last year, where they made The Mandarin out to be the ultimate villain… and he wasn’t, but I spent a whole other blog griping about it, so what I will do here though, is commend their creativity and execution. The second would be (and I know I promised, so I’m sorry for bringing it up again) Loki’s takeover, and fans completely missing the fact that an entire panel (Thor 2) was actually missing from the lineup, and I’m going to go out on a limb here, for a third unconfirmed surprise, because I did an entire blog focusing on the fact, that despite MARVEL’s love of Loki, that I think he won’t survive Thor 2.

So what does all of this add up to for me? That I think it’s possible that Hank Pym may actually be in Avengers 2, and may still create Ultron, and that MARVEL is keeping it well under wraps, I may be wrong (and eventually may have to create a blog section on this page just for theories) but until that theory is debunked I’m going to have faith in MARVEL to make Avengers 2 awesome, fresh, and hopefully stay true to their source material as well.

 

Thanks for reading this excessively long blog, if you have any thoughts about the panels or MARVEL’s planning please post them in the comments! :)

Conflicted about Thor 2, and I thank Hiddleston and Feige

Photo taken by trekkiebeth, to see more of her photos got to www.flickr.com/trekkiebeth

Photo taken by Beth Riley, to see more of her photos go to www.flickr.com/trekkiebeth

So while everyone has been Living la vida Loki ever since Hiddleston’s in character appearance in Hall H (I even did an entire blog, just on Loki’s three-minute takeover and MARVEL did a promotional video of the performance, which can be seen below), I’ve had some conflicting thoughts about the whole event and MARVEL’s upcoming plans.

Now why am I bringing this up again, isn’t one blog enough to chronicle this SDCC’13 event, sure, most definitely but this specific blog is regarding my simultaneously budding and wilting theory that Loki won’t survive Thor: The Dark World.

Why you ask? Well one there’s the trailer


Specifically Thor’s line “When you betray me, I will kill you” now you tell that to any rational person and they may pause before considering betrayal, however Loki is the God of Mischief, you tell him not to do anything, and that’s like sending him an invitation to do the thing you just warned him NOT to do.

And I won’t even mention the longer trailer we got to see at the MARVEL panel!

So I kinda had a feeling early on, that Loki may not last. Then you add Loki’s performance in Hall H: , and while it isn’t the whole video it of course has the best close ups.

I recall saying to a few people in the fulfillment line that I hoped his performance wasn’t some big secret send off.

Then you have Tom Hiddleson in this LA Times Hero Complex article saying, among other things that the performance felt like a “21 gun salute”, which is a military honor at a funeral.

That practically confirmed for me that I should bring some tissues to Thor: The Dark World, HOWEVER now there’s a quote in Bleeding Cool from an Empire article with MARVEL “masterplanner” Kevin Feige saying “We think Loki could be the big bad for us, for a long time.”

So While I’d love for Loki to last (and so would thousands of fangirls out there), I have to wonder what to expect in November, and to be honest, I love it. Now I’ll go into Thor 2 surprised no matter what, and just like Loki’s surprise appearance I LOVE SURPRISES!

Here’s to hoping that Loki never leaves, and that if he does it’s a worthy death!

Also, if you don’t get why Loki is awesome, this video may help:

SDCC 2013 MARVEL-OUS Misdirection

The calm before the storm!

The calm before the storm!

So while there is plenty to post about San Diego Comic Con, and there will be more blogs to read this week after returning home (especially about some exciting new pilots!) I thought I’d take a very brief moment, to explain the magic that awaits a Hall H attendee! Every year studios try to give the audience something bigger and better, and this year Marvel definitely came through!

By now the social media-verse has exploded like (something other than a fangirl’s ovaries, because let’s face that Tom Hiddleston meme has gotten old)… well like something that explodes because as this video shows LOKI took over Hall H before the Marvel panel began, as you can see in the link below

This is also a pretty good one here, and at 58 seconds, it picks up where the other video left off!

A live action appearance like that was spectacular! And so was Tom Hiddleston! As you watch “Loki” revel in the crowd’s cheers we get quite a few grins of satisfaction from him, and it’s hard to tell where Loki ends and Tom begins, but he never broke character.

Earlier in the day I had wondered how Marvel was going to top the earlier panels of the day (again more blogs to follow with pictures!) Shame on me for doubting. Not only did we get the amazing, and dare I say shakespearean performance from “Loki” (I mean look at the way he commands the stage, and the audience). But then we got a new lengthier trailer for Thor 2, and then after that the Captain America Winter Soldier cast came out for a panel, showed a new trailer and some new footage, answered some of Chris Hardwick’s questions, and then we got a Guardians of the Galaxy panel, with a bald Karen Gillan, YOU GO GIRL!

(I promise to post photos of it when I do a blog that’s ACTUALLY on the panels) :)

And then, just when we thought it was over, Joss Whedon came out to show a new teaser for “Avengers Age of Ultron” which was awesome!

But do you see what happened there? I didn’t until I thought about it later at the hotel… we didn’t actually GET a THOR panel. No actors from Thor other than Hiddleston, and many will argue (and I will agree) that what we got was better than a panel, FAR better!

So please no one accuse me of complaining, I’ll take live-action-Loki over an expected panel (even if it’s Marvel) any day, however, I can imagine a room of people involved with Thor 2, that for whatever reasons unknown realize that they’re not going to present a Thor panel at SDCC (maybe it’s scheduling of actors, or time constraints etc.) and Tom Hiddleston just stands up, and says “Guys, I’ve got this”.

And so we got Loki, and no Thor panel, and no one cared, because let’s face it we like being Loki’d

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