Let’s start with this…
I’ll be the first to admit I was extremely skeptical of Thor, only because it’s based off Norse mythology. How were Marvel and Paramount possibly going to make that fit within the same universe as Incredible Hulk and Iron Man. The minute I saw the first trailer though, my initial reaction was “wow this looks pretty good.” Now that I’ve seen the movie, I stand by that. I thought it was great. A huge surprise in the same way that Iron Man blew me away. If this is any indication I think the Avengers movie has a real shot at becoming one of the best comic movies ever.
Next up is The First Avengers: Captain America. I’m not so convinced on the costume, but the rest of the movie looks the part. The nice little teaser at the end of the credits of Thor gives a clear indication of what we can expect from Cap and Avengers. I think Marvel is doing all of these movies justice since they created Marvel Studios. It’s a real shame Fox and Sony own the rights to so many of their other characters because it would be wonderful to see what Marvel could do with Spidey and the Fantastic Four. Oh well, maybe Disney will be able to buy the rights back one of these days.
Outside of Thor, this weekend was 2011’s Free Comic Book Day. The big three releases being given out this weekend were…
For those that don’t know Free Comic Book Day was started thanks to the first Spider-Man movie. The idea was to get people to watch the movie and then pick up a free comic. With any luck the new people who read the free comic would then go back and buy new ones, becoming a fan of the medium. The idea was solid, but for years publishers put out fairly lacklustre books. That changed in recent times when the top tier writers started putting out brand new stories of their best characters. The above three books are just suck examples. DC and Marvel would never let their brand new movies go un-marketed so this is why you see characters like Green Lantern, Captain America and Thor being showcased. Marvel also threw in Spider-Man because they have a mini-event coming up surrounding the character and are looking to get some free press from the book.
I highly recommend you go to your local comic book shop and see if they have any copies of these books left. Odds are they do, and they’ll be more than willing to part with the extra copies. It’s a wonderful medium comics, and I encourage all of you to experience them. What with all the huge blockbusters these comics are inspiring, it’s nice to go back to the source material every now and then.
So there you have it everyone. Let us know what you thought of Thor and whether you took advantage of FCBD 2011. If not, go and take advantage of it right now!