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Thor: The Dark World (aka Thor 2, aka why bother with these long ass titles no one will recall years later) is a nice installment in the Avengers superhero series. The flick was directed by Alan Taylor, who is slated to direct a new Terminator and has worked in TV up until this point. His credits include Game of Thrones and Sex and the City. I’m actually pretty impressed by that as the film looks amazing.

To 3D or not to 3D, that is the question? Thor 2 was converted to 3D, not filmed in it. Some scenes looked nicely dimensional but I don’t think that seeing it in 3D is a must.

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The cast, which includes all of the main characters from the first Thor, is fantastic. I’ve read that some thought that Kat Dennings was used too much. I’m confused as to how there can be too much Kat Dennings.

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The plot involves random portals that just pop up bridging worlds, which is pretty eye catching. The baddie is a freakin evil elf (Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston but you can’t really spot him under the makeup/prosthetics). An elf might not sound scary but these elves look as though they’ve escaped from hell. Good job!

So there’s a feud between these elves and Thor’s dad, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), as well as that whole fabric of reality ripping apart to displace folks from other worlds thing going on. This makes for a lot of great action sequences.

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While watching the first Thor I think that many of us thought, hey, what’s Asgard (Thor’s home planet) like? Now we know, it’s like the middle ages. There’s fighting and feasting and existentialism?

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Well Thor is a bit broody in the beginning of this flick as he misses that hot scientist Jane (Natalie Portman), whom he met two years ago. WTF man? Yes, this movie does take place two years after the first. Apparently Thor totally never contacted her at all. That’s bullshit, okay. I write a dude off FOREVER after 3-4 weeks of not hearing from him. Don’t give me that viking crap, I’m pretty sure that even in the dark ages warriors tried to see their women every few months.

Okay, I must calm down. No wait, Loki’s in jail and his dad is still a prick. But at least his hair still looks fab, even when he can’t gel it down.

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No, I don’t want to give too much away. There are a couple of twists. Hey, Loki’s a trickster man, we know this. There are also a couple of funny and interesting cameos plus the prerequisite one by Stan Lee.

Even without being able to tell you much without ruining it, if you enjoyed the first Thor then go see this sequel. You’ll most likely enjoy it. I know I did.

You want reasons? Cool special effects, check. Tom Hiddleston in handcuffs, check.

You may also enjoy:
2012 Wizard World Philly Comic Con: Thor Panel with Chris Hemsworth
Movie Review: The Avengers
Movie Rundown: May 2011-includes a mini review of Thor

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photos via the official Thor 2 Facebook

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with Joss Whedon at a convention in 2005, umm, I'm not at all drunk

with Joss Whedon at a convention in 2005, umm, I’m not at all drunk

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This post is not just an excuse to post pics of myself with Joss Whedon online, yet again. However if you had one, you’d totally do so as well.

Last year I mentioned that I wanted to start a Netflix Streaming series on this blog entitled, Mini Netflix. The idea was that since my usual Netflix posts are so time consuming I would sometimes write a shorter post focusing on one talent or niche genre, most likely including a small number of titles.

Today I finally decided to focus on the super talented Joss Whedon. However I was not content to just go with his well known work that pops up on your casual Netflix search. Oh no, I had to go deeper. So after looking through his whole filmography I’m still ending up with a long ass post, c’est la vie!

Simply click on the title to be taken to the movie or show on Netflix!

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
(co-writer)
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After checking out the Thor panel at last year’s Wizard World Philly Comic Con I had to see The Cabin in the Woods ASAP. Chris Hemsworth (and his fans) made it sound super interesting. They were right! I went in not knowing much more than that the basic plot was about some college students in a horror movie scenario in the woods that is turned on its ear. So if you don’t know “the twist” I’m not ruining it. The movie was penned by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. It was also directed by Goddard. I met both Whedon and Goddard years ago at a convention and they were both awesome. Since both worked on Buffy and Angel, seeing Whedonverse favs including Amy Acker and Tom Lenk among the cast wasn’t entirely surprising but was totally cool.

Thor (2011)
(portion directed by)

with Chris Hemsworth and Hot Donna

with Chris Hemsworth and Hot Donna

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8jXepCjlJc
Did you know that Joss Whedon directed the after the credits scene in Thor? Neither did I. As you can guess from my attending the aforementioned panel, I’m definitely a Thor fan. This action flick about the Greek god and his dashingly evil bro Loki features an amazing cast.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
(consultant)
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I was jazzed when I first heard about Captain America because it stars Chris Evans, whom I may have a tiny crush on. It’s yes, another one of the Marvel Avengers pre-The Avengers (by Whedon) flicks. This origin story is fun, though a bit long. Whedon was a consultant on this film which according to the net means he did a bit of a writing touch up on the screenplay.

Glee (2010)
(director)
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I have 0 interest in Glee. However I must let you know that Whedon directed the 2010 episode, “Dream On”. “Mr. Schuester’s former high school nemesis, Bryan Ryan, causes trouble for the glee club. Meanwhile, Rachel struggles with a life-long personal issue, and Artie’s dreams take him on an adventure” via imdb.com

Dollhouse (2009)
(creator/writer/director/producer)
dollhouse cast
I’m such a fan of Dollhouse that I can’t even explain it. I used to look forward to it every Friday night. The show had such an innovative idea. I’m still crushed that it only lasted two seasons. Eliza Dushku (Buffy, Bring It On) stars as the active Echo, just one of many. Actives are people who’ve had their memories erased. They are then replaced regularly with new memories as directed by the Dollhouse’s clients, the very wealthy. Over the course of the series Echo finds out about her past life and the secrets of the Dollhouse. Many Whedonverse stars appeared during the series run, including Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Summer Glau and Alan Tudyk.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008)
(writer/director)
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This musical miniseries was written during the Writers Guild of America strike. It’s not really my thing but does star the awesome Neil Patrick Harris and Whedonverse actors Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day.

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with Jonathan Woodward

Firefly (2002) & Serenity (2005)
(creator/writer/director/producer)

Yep, Firefly was the quickly canceled Western space drama starring Nathan Fillion. I’m not a Western girl so though I’ve seen the series and it’s big screen movie adaptation (Serentiy), I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’m not a Browncoat, sorry.

Angel (1999-2003)
(creator/writer/director/producer)

with Mercedes McNab and Julie Benz

with Mercedes McNab and Julie Benz

Though Angel was Buffy’s spin off I prefer Angel. It’s definitely my favorite Whedonverse series. Angel (Buffy’s ex and a vampire) works with his own team to help those with supernatural problems, who live in LA. Ostensibly he runs a detective agency but it doesn’t really turn a profit.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2002)
(creator/writer/director/producer)

with James Marsters and Hot Donna

with James Marsters and Hot Donna

with Clare Kramer

with Clare Kramer

I didn’t get into the Buffy series until it was well into it’s run. This was for two reasons, it was popular (hey, I was a teen, I wanted to like what was unpopular, like me) and I love the movie. I’d read articles about the series in movie magazines featuring Whedon (who wrote the movie) commenting on how he was disappointed with the movie and that the show was better. So being a huge fan of the movie, I just ignored it. However once I actually watched the show (starring Sarah Michelle Gellar) I became a fan. Buffy is a slayer of vampires who happens to also fall for vampires and have to defeat other creepy monsters as well. She’s aided by her watcher and a group of friends, The Scooby Gang. You didn’t ask but Season 6 is by far my favorite, it’s dark and realistic. I mean, c’mon Buffy even works in fast food!

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
(story)
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It’s animated which isn’t really my bag, so I’ve never seen it. “A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.”-via imdb.com

Titan A.E. (2000)
(screenplay)
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Ditto about this animated flick. “A young man learns that he has to find a hidden Earth ship before an enemy alien species does in order to secure the survival of humanity.”-via imdb.com

You may also enjoy:
2012 Wizard World Philly Comic Con: An Exclusive Interview with Amber Benson
2012 Wizard World Philly Comic Con: Buffy Panel
Movie Review: The Avengers
2012 Wizard World Philly Comic Con: Thor Panel with Chris Hemsworth
Hot Donna’s Top 5 Season 1 Angel Episodes
Hot Donna’s Top 5 Season 2 Angel Episodes
Hot Donna’s Top 5 Season 3 Angel Episodes
Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Bring It On
Style File: Mellie-about that time I wore a piece of Dollhouse wardrobe for my birthday

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Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images


Anthony Hopkins gave him some advice regarding getting into character and the costume helping.


Joss Whedon is not writing The Avengers 2.
He goes into how Thor’s character arc is different from other superheroes because he loses his power and then has to regain it in Thor.
He also mentions how he tried to work out the family dynamic of acting within a family of gods.


Clare Kramer asks how it was to film the capsule scene and Hemsworth discusses the technical aspects of that.


Chris mentions his hopes for the character’s growth of Thor during Thor 2.


If Chris Hemsworth were going up against anyone in Cabin in the Woods as himself he says that he would choose one of the more nonthreatening characters.

Yes, the Thor panel at Wizard World was awesome. To see Chris Hemsworth live is amazing.

He was a convention virgin, aw. Unfortunately this means that some people took advantage of him. First one girl asked for a birthday hug. My birthday was right around this time as well but anyone who has ever attended a convention knows that is not proper convention etiquette. The crazy thing was this happened at least two more times. This was a really great way for those chicks to get out of paying for the expensive professional Thor photo op (they had friends taking pictures of these encounters). If I were working the con I would have put a stop to that post haste. You just don’t let fans onstage during a panel. It’s not really safe for the actors and definitely affects the time of the panel.

These videos were filmed by Hot Donna (which is great because her camera has a slightly higher MP count than mine). However that was because I was waiting in one of the Q&A lines to ask a question. They did cut it off before I was able to ask my question. It would have been about the brotherly dynamic between Thor and Loki. However someone asked a similar question prior to that so I was going to change it to a silly question, “What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?”. My actual guess is that he doesn’t eat food like that because well, look at him!

This may sound mean but so be it. There were a lot of non questions asked (and no I’m not mainly referring to the children in attendance). When you compare the the Thor panel to the Buffy panel that we later attended you just see a huge surge in the IQ of the attendees. So people were constantly telling Hemsworth how hot he is and congratulating him on his baby. Maybe if 1 person had done those things it wouldn’t have seemed quite so irksome but it was repeatedly.

At any rate Hot Donna was still able to record a few pretty cool questions that participants asked.

missemmamm, Chris Hemsworth, Hot Donna

Yes, I did convince Donna to pay for part of the photo op because I adore Thor. She said “I didn’t know you liked Thor that much?” and then I looked at her like duh. After the op she went on and on about his beautiful blue eyes. I now see them in the first photo above. However I have a hard time looking people in the eyes and they do these very quickly so I didn’t notice live.

Press passes to the convention were provided to both Hot Donna & myself gratis from the awesome PR team at Wizard World.
The next Wizard World Comic Con takes place in Chicago this August. For more info on their upcoming cons please visit the Wizard World site.

You may also enjoy:
Movie Review: The Avengers
2012 Wizard World Philly Comic Con: An Exclusive Interview with Amber Benson
Sexy Shirtless Superheroes-includes the cast of The Avengers
Movie Rundown: May 2011-includes my initial review of Thor
Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Bring It On-includes info on when I met Clare Kramer
Top Horror Movies on Netflix Streaming-includes The Thirst starring Clare Kramer

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Please enjoy my video review of Marvel’s The Avengers.

(photos via The Official Avengers Facebook page)

You may also enjoy:
2012 Wizard World Philly Comic Con: Thor Panel with Chris Hemsworth
Sexy Shirtless Superheroes-includes the cast of The Avengers
Movie Rundown: May 2011-includes my initial review of Thor
Hot Donna’s Top 5 Season 1 Angel Episodes
Hot Donna’s Top 5 Season 2 Angel Episodes
May Movie Flowers-includes my initial thoughts on Iron Man 2
Movie Quotes: Due Date-starring Robert Downey Jr.
Movie Rundown: September 2010-includes my initial thoughts on The Town starring Jeremy Renner
Web Oodles 5/20/10-includes a couple of sexy Robert Downey Jr. photos

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Everyone knows that male actors are chosen to star in superhero movies based on their intellect, talent, ability to appear menacing, ability to fill out a spandex jumpsuit. So let’s ogle, shall we?

Click any photo for the full size version. In some cases I used photos from the actual movie but not always. If I know what they are from I have mentioned that. I’ve included some upcoming superheroes, some villains and other related goodies.

Chris Evans-stars as Captain America/Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers (2012) and The Human Torch/Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Photos are from Captain America, a Fantastic Four movie and an earlier photo shoot.

Ryan Reynolds-stars as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan in Green Lantern, Deadpool/Wade Wilson in Deadpool (2014) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity. Photos are from Men’s Health Magazine, Blade: Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Amityville Horror.

Henry Cavill-stars as Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El in Man of Steel (2013). Photo is from The Immortals.

Andrew Garfield-stars as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).

Chris Hemsworth-stars as Thor in Thor and The Avengers. Photos are from Thor and an earlier photo shoot.

Gabriel Macht-stars as the Spirit in The Spirit. Photo from The Spirit.

Christian Bale-stars as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Photos are from Batman Begins (I believe) and Reign of Fire.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan-stars as the Comedian/Edward Blake in Watchmen. Photo is an Old Spice ad.

Jeremy Renner-stars as Hawkeye/Clint Barton in The Avengers (2012). I’m not sure what this photo is from.

Hugh Jackman-stars as Wolverine/Logan in The Wolverine (2013), X-Men: First Class, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2 and X-Men. Photos are from X-Men: Origins: Wolverine (I believe) and a paparazzi shot.

James McAvoy-stars as Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class. Photo is from Wanted.

Michael Fassbender-stars as Magneto/Erik Lehnsherr in X-Men: First Class. Photo is from Fish Tank.

Jay Chou-stars as Kato in The Green Hornet. Photo appears to be from a phone ad.

James Marsden-stars as Cyclops/Scott Summers in X-Men, X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. Photos are from a photo shoot.

Drake Bell-stars as The Dragonfly/Rick Riker in Superhero Movie. Photo is from a photo shoot. I’m not able to find any up to date shirtless pics, but this is fairly close.

Ryan Kwanten-stars as Griff in Griff the Invisible. Photos are from True Blood and a photo shoot.

Tobey Maguire-stars as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. Photo is from Spider-Man.

Robert Downey Jr.-stars as Iron Man/Tony Stark in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3 (2013) and The Avengers (2012). Photos are from Sherlock Holmes and a photo shoot.

Thomas Jane-stars as The Punisher/Frank Castle. Photos are from The Punisher and a photo shoot.

George Clooney-stars as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman & Robin. Photo is from a photo shoot.

Julian McMahon-stars as Dr. Doom/Victor Von Doom in Fantastic Four and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Photos are from an early photo shoot, a paparazzi shot and Charmed.

Nic Cage-stars as Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012). Photos are from Ghost Rider and an 80s photo shoot.

Stuart Townsend-stars as Dorian Gray in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Photo is from Queen of the Damned.

Shane West-stars as American Secret Service Agent Tom Sawyer in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Photo is from a photo shoot (circa 2000).

Billy Zane-stars as The Phantom/Kit Walker in The Phantom. Photos are from The Phantom.

Mark Ruffalo-stars as the Hulk/Dr. Bruce Banner in The Avengers (2012). Photo is from XX/XY.

Alec Baldwin-stars as The Shadow/Lamont Cranston. Photo is from Miami Blues.

Edward Norton-stars as the Hulk/Dr. Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk (2008). Photo is from The Incredible Hulk.

Greg Kinnear-stars as Captain Amazing/Lance Hunt in Mystery Men. Photo is from As Good As It Gets.

Jim Carrey-stars as The Riddler/Dr. Edward Nygma in Batman Forever. Photo is from I Love You Phillip Morris.

Val Kilmer-stars as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman Forever. Photo is from Top Gun.

If you liked this post you may also enjoy:
2012 Wizard World Philly Comic Con: Thor Panel with Chris Hemsworth
Movie Review: The Avengers
Shirtless Beefcakes of the 90s
When They Were Young
The Sexiest Celebrity Mugshots
Tenderfeet: 12 Hotties Under 30

So, who’s your favorite?

Did I miss any sexliscious studs?

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