Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week hosts Holly and David dive into their re-watch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you watch one movie a week this year, you can watch them all in time for Infinity War. With the first part watched, here are our thoughts looking back at these films!
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Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week hosts Holly and David made it to Thor: Ragnarok, and the time to talk about it is now! This is the last episode of Comparative Opinions this year, we’ll be back in January! So yeah, spoiler-light and then spoiler-filled discussion of Thor: Ragnarok, which turned out to be a hard movie to talk about without spoilers… short answer: go see it!
Week in Geek, episode 9, recorded 10/18/17. News since last recording, including: Hollywood is full of stories in the wake of Harvey Weinstein, how long will it last?; a Settlers of Catan movie, apparently; a Hulk 3-movie story arc; looking ahead at Marvel Phase 4; Joss Whedon and director credit for Justice League; Solo: A Star Wars Story; and NetFlix pushing unique content in a big way.
The ramp-up to summer continues with great movie trailers, it would seem. And there’s one movie this year I didn’t dare get excited or even think much about. Sure, the first Thor was pretty great, but that was Kenneth Branagh. Then Thor the Dark World was only so-so.
The scene in Avengers Age of Ultron that was supposed to lead us into Thor Ragnarok was not super inspiring (and also was one of the more contentious scenes in the movie, since it seemed overly distracting from the plot and forced upon the director). But, we also got word that Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk was going to be in the movie, and then – in the Doctor Strange stinger – got to see that Strange himself was going to be involved as well. So there’s some reservations and some excitements, but the movie is coming out in November, so I wasn’t really thinking or caring about it.
Then this hit this morning.
OH MY GOSH CAN IT BE NOVEMBER YET?
I love good use of music in a movie trailer, especially following one song throughout – something that both Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and now Thor Ragnarok have done well lately. And it helps that I love both “The Chain” and “Immigrant Song!”
They probably had me completely hooked when Thor breaks the fourth wall right at the beginning and starts narrating. They almost certainly had me when Cate Blanchett ups the ante. But they just keep going – and it ends as gloriously as we might hope, revealing Hulk in all his outer space armored… incredibleness.
This movie has to contend with the Justice League, which to be fair probably won’t be easy. However, I think it’s going to hold its own just fine.
I found Kevin Smith’s reaction as well… pretty similar, I must say:
What do you think about Thor Ragnarok now? Let me know in the comments below!
If we were having coffee, well, it would depend. If we were having coffee together, in person, there are thing I might tell you. The sort of stuff you tell in person, or on the phone. Because that’s the sort of stuff that’s been going on this week – serious stuff. Not to us, either, so it’s not really ours to share.
So in an effort to stay cheerful, well, I spent a little time wandering the store yesterday with the Geek Baby asleep…
So everyone could drink coffee together and be buddies!
So that happened.
We had been eyeing Legos for a bit. We’ve not really shared images of ourselves related to Comparative Geeks, and the idea was we could use Legos to do so. This would be ripping off the exact same idea from our blogging friend Sheena, at her blog Not A Punk Rocker. She uses Wyldstyle as her Avatar, and Deadpool as, well, Deadpool.
But that also meant no Wyldstyle for Holly… so then… wow, there are a lot of minifigs. Also, not nearly so many of them female. And so while we may not have hit on some final selections, we do at least have some we can play around with now. And better yet, new minifigs have multiple faces if you just spin them around! That will come into play for sure.