Thor: Ragnarok is the third in the Thor movie trilogy and seventeenth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe saga about superheroes based on its comic book characters by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The role of Thor is played once again by Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth appears comfortable as Thor. His performance is witty and charming as an arrogant demi-god with an overabundance of self-esteem. The citizens of Asgard are in danger of being destroyed from a new arch-nemesis, Hela. Hela is Thor’s sister, who was exiled by their father Odin because of her zealous love for war and death. Cate Blanchett plays Hela. She is almost unrecognizable as the brunette Hela.
Imagine this, one day you’re just hanging out, minding your own business, and doing your thing whatever that might be. Then, wham! You’re declassified from human to non-human. That’s exactly what happened to the planet Pluto, well almost.
Nichelle Nichols played Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek from 1966-1969. She was one of the first African-American women to be put in a role of scientific and intellectual merit. It was rare for African-American girls to see a female who looked like them in such a role on television. Now, Star Trek evolves further with another strong, intelligent African-American female character, Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham.
Wow. It’s bittersweet that after years, there is a replacement for the beloved 1975 television Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter. The golden tiara is now worn by Gal Gadot. Gadot is amazing as Wonder Woman on the big screen. She adds dimensions to a comic book character that is known for beauty and brawn. Gadot’s performance reminds us why we love Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman believes in the good of mankind. She is outraged at the cowardice of others to do nothing in the face of evil. Wonder Woman is fearless. DC Films did it right.
Wonder Woman introduced to the outside world brings humorous moments. One of the humorous moments is when Diana Prince (Wonder Woman’s cover name) sees a baby for the first time. Her reaction is believable based on how she grew up on Themyscira, also known as Paradise Island. Another is Chris Pine, as Steve Trevor, explaining why he is an above average male. Most female viewers agree with his self-assessment.
I knew something bad was coming when the Wolverine movies by Marvel Entertainment got darker and sadder each movie. The final topper was Logan, the third solo movie. Logan, played by the great Hugh Jackman, is James Howlett, but his fans all know and love him as, ‘Wolverine’.
Wolverine is a baddie, but in a good way. He’s sullen, sarcastic and dangerous. He’s nearly invincible. While many other superheroes want to help society, he just wants to be left alone, preferably in the woods. Yet, the Logan in the movie Logan makes me want to run away into the woods from Marvel X-Men movies.
Thank you, Mark Millar. Millar is the writer of the Old Man Logan, a Marvel Comics alternate dystopian series. The movie Logan is based on that series. To be fair to Millar, he doesn’t bear all the blame. Writers David James Kelly and James Mangold did their parts too in bringing the version to theaters.