The strategically pixelated THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER trailer.

Worried that THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER might be a solemn affair? Concerned that the general ‘Jack Kirby drops some acid but was able to maintain’ vibe of the original might have been an one-time thing? Unsure whether Chris Helmsworth has gone off the Marvel boiled-chicken-and-Sisyphus exercise routine?

Then do I have a trailer for you.

It’s dumb and I love it.

Finished up HAWKEYE today.

Chewing through all the MCU stuff I haven’t seen yet, because tomorrow or Sunday is gonna be DOCTOR STRANGE. After this, I watch ETERNALS tonight, which should catch me up completely. Probably unnecessary, but what the heck. I should relax sometimes.

Anyway, HAWKEYE was fun. I worried going in that Kate Bishop would be written as this god-tier replacement who would show Clint Barton how it’s really done, but instead we got a buddy cop series. Or ‘buddy secret agent’ series, maybe? Anyway, Clint doesn’t need to be taught the power of friendship, because he’s well aware how powerful it is; so powerful, in fact, that it’s left a few pieces behind in his soul. And Kate is commendably bandaged and rumpled by the end of the series; perfect, she is not.

All in all, HAWKEYE is a fun series that reminds itself on a regular basis that, geez, it’s Christmas. I should have finished it earlier.

#commissionearned

Finished up MOON KNIGHT.

Good show. Good show. The final episode had to tie up a bunch of stuff together, and – pious protestations by the MOON KNIGHT folks aside – they absolutely laid the bricks for a second season. I didn’t read the comics, but the people who did all seem pretty jazzed at how much stuff from them were in the series.

Is MOON KNIGHT the best of the Marvel Disney+ series? Tough call: LOKI in particular still gives it a run for its money. But those two were the only shows that I made to sure to watch on the day of release. That’s probably diagnostic.

The Fantastic Four Curse lives.

Although this is fairly benign: “ Jon Watts has withdrawn as the director of Fantastic Four, the reinvention of the venerable Marvel Comics series at Marvel Studios and Disney. Watts just directed Spider-Man: No Way Home, the Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios film that grossed $1.89 billion to become the sixth highest-grossing film of all time.” Apparently Watts is just ready to take some time off from making superhero movies, given that he spent most of the teens making highly successful Spider-Man flicks for Sony*.

So… back to the drawing board on finding a director for Fantastic Four. …Yay. I’m never getting a good F4 flick, am I?

Moe Lane

(H/T: ComingSoon)

*Don’t know if I blame him, although even I did blame him, he still wouldn’t be able to hear me over the sound of all that MONEY.

#commissionearned

5/6 of MOON KNIGHT done…

…and it’s very possibly the best Marvel series Disney+ has done to date. MOON KNIGHT started messed up, and it’s kept it up since then; and, given how Hollywood* the hero’s mental illness is, it’s doing a pretty good job giving you the feeling of what kind of trauma’s he’s going through. It could still blow up the ending, but we’ll know next week.

This would have been an absolutely awful movie, by the way. There’s no way you could do this in two hours without it being far too rushed. But as a six-part miniseries MOON KNIGHT works.

*Which is to say: gratuitously and cinematically incorrect.

MOON KNIGHT continues to be entertainingly messed up.

We are on four of six for Marvel’s MOON KNIGHT, and that means that things were gonna get weird this episode. And they do! Which is to be expected, considering that Oscar Isaac is playing two characters who are so different in personality and affect that I actually had to remind myself that these aren’t twins or anything. I figure that the next episode will involve some kind of amalgamation of all of these multiple personalities, in classic Hollywood pseudo-psychiatric style.

Or maybe they’ll just do therapy. I mean, the title character is absolutely, no-fooling nuts. I’m mildly surprised there’s not been more fuss made about that.

The THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER teaser trailer.

In all of its 1980s-1990s glory. The Guns N’ Roses theme in particular made me chortle. They’re not even trying anymore to hide the pandering to my generation, are they?

Not that I mind.

(Via @aliarikan)

I would pay money to see Daniel Radcliffe as Wolverine.

Which I guess would be the idea? “Daniel Radcliffe has already spent time in the shoes of one legendary character for a film franchise, but rumors continue to persist that he is set to play Wolverine in the future of the X-Men franchise.” He’s denying that it’s gonna happen, just like Andrew Garfield did about SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME – so your guess is as good as mine, right?

Mind you, I don’t want to see this because I think he’ll be like the iconic Wolverine. I want to see this because a Radcliffe Wolverine would be hilarious. Like, “everybody involved is drunk with power” hilarious. It might not even be a bad flick!

:pause:

Nah, it’d probably be really bad. But still.

#commissionearned

Just watched Episode 1 of MOON KNIGHT.

…Yeah, Marvel’s MOON KNIGHT looks pretty messed up. I mean this in a complimentary way; it’s the kind of you-never-know-what-will-happen-next messed up that makes for engrossing television. Pure Hell on the hero, though.

Also: the show is mercifully avoiding trying to make us wonder whether this is all going on in the guy’s mind. I used to sleepwalk, myself. But in all the times I did, I never woke up in… ah, never mind. Spoilers.