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12/8/2012 4:43:57 PM
Little girls loving Thor is nothing new. Look at "Adventures in Babysitting", featuring Vincent D'Onofrio as Thor.
12/8/2012 5:02:14 AM
Oh, I can't wait for the next episode. But, ahem, this one.Once again, I think the unsung hero of every single one of these movies is the casting director. Part of the reason this movie works is because Chris Hemsworth is able to take all of the bad qualities of the Thor character and make them work while not neutering them. He's still an arrogant asshole jock, but he's not the kid of arrogant asshole jock you want to beat with a lead pipe; somehow, he's an endearing arrogant asshole jock.Also, big points to the design team for making something like the Rainbow Bridge properly epic and rainbowy without looking like something from Strawberry Shortcake.
12/8/2012 4:41:45 PM
I'm still amazed that they cast Kat Dennings and kept her body hidden the entire time. If this was Michael Bay's Thor, she'd have been wearing a bikini for half of the movie.
12/8/2012 6:15:29 PM
Reason #478 to like Thor: the costume choices are *excellent*. People wear normal people clothes appropriate to age, location, climate and personal style. Asgardians wear insane shiz that still looks pretty brilliant. Asgardian bling abounds, and nobody wears a bikini for no reason. Hooray!
12/8/2012 6:12:58 PM
So I wrote this episode, and I fully intended Hawkeye and Coulson to share the next episode.Then the Hawkeye Initiative happened. So next time will be Coulson's episode, and then Hawkeye's is the one after that, because now I have LOADS of things to say about Hawkeye. Also more time to say things about Coulson. So everybody wins. Except people who hate the Avengers, I guess, but I don't know what they'd be doing watching these in the first place...
12/9/2012 4:16:06 AM
So I look up Hawkeye Initiative and... holy hell. That's... um... yeah. I guess the absurdity of the cheesecake doesn't fully sink in otherwise, though.Still, yay for Coulson getting his own episode. He freaking deserves it. The awesome everyman.
12/6/2012 8:52:52 PM
Ah, cut to a shot of his hammer right as you call him a "tool". I have indeed seen what you did there. Also, LOKI!!! SQUEEE!!! ...Ahem, sorry, I know this is Thor's vid, I just reflexively fall to my knees whenever someone mentions Loki. It is my natural state after all. *wink*Seriously though, that mountain conversation scene between the two is one of my favorite scenes in the movie. It's the first time I really felt the brotherly connection between the two of them, something I don't think was ever quite as convincing in the Thor movie. No, here they really FEEL like brothers. "YOU GIVE UP THE TESSERACT! YOU GIVE UP THIS POISONOUS DREAM....*sniff* You come home." The dialogue is so over-the-top (just how I like it) yet delivered so earnestly...exquisite.
12/6/2012 7:56:48 PM
I know it may be heresy to some/all, but I actually liked Thor better than either of the Iron Man films. I am academically aware that Iron Man is the better movie, but yeah I thought this was great (maybe because, so Shakespearean?); probably my second favorite of the lead-up films. First =Cap; easily, so awesome!
12/6/2012 8:02:15 PM
It is a very Shakespearian film (O HAI Kenneth Brannagh(sp?)) which makes me like it. And having the Darcy/Jane screwball comedy friendship dynamic. And Sif. And a compelling villain...
12/6/2012 9:50:54 PM
Yeah, I think it was Hemsworth who said in an interview how funny and great it was to him that Branagh the Shakespearean is actually a bit/a lot of a closet comic book geek and Whedon the Geek Director, comic book writer etc is, well I'm not sure if closet Shakespearean is a thing, but that.Also while my love of Black Widow (film-version or otherwise) is completely platonic*, I cannot say the same for Sif or Jane (especially film-versions and especially because Jane is a science nerd),... so in addition to all the real reasons why it is such a good film (all of which I endorse wholeheartedly) there's that.[what's the emoticon for an embarrassed smile? that plus a shrug]More seriously all the Female leads/supporting (super and non-super alike) in the films have been great and Thor definitely adds more of those to the franchise than the other films.*Out of the Marvel heroes the 2 I'd Idolize/look-up-to most are Widow and Cap; Black Panther and Ms Marvel (now Captain Marvel) are the runners up :]
12/6/2012 6:07:06 PM
I was meaning to say this on earlier videos, I love the way you recap the movies, so condensed yet so complete. xD"This happened, then this happened, then oh no this happened"It feels like a real conversation!
12/6/2012 6:59:22 PM
Agreed. I like your format as well, Ursa. :)
12/6/2012 7:45:30 PM
Yes, I think my favorite was: "And then there's Hawkeye, and Coulson and mud-wrestling, and...!" So, if your doing a video on both of them next...do we get to see that? :DI don't have the Blu-Ray yet; is there a deleted scene we should know about?
12/6/2012 8:03:55 PM
Nope, it's Hawkeye, then Coulson, then Thor mud-wrestling some random dude. Though I would dearly love some Coulson/Hawkeye/Thor mud wrestling. :D
12/6/2012 8:19:42 PM
Also: Aww, you guys.
12/6/2012 8:20:41 PM
.... Avengers 2, where all the avengers pulls their shirts off and start mud-wrestling... It was the highest grossing film of the year drawing in a impressive number of females beating even twilight.
12/6/2012 9:12:23 PM
Even as a Hetero-male I would still watch it
12/6/2012 9:32:05 PM
I would watch that for hours.. over and over and over.. and no I am not ashamed to admit it. Stuff in the new Star Trek villain from the trailers that has just come out (Did you see that Jill?), let Loki join to, hand me some pop-corn, and it would become officially impossible to drag me away.
12/6/2012 10:57:48 PM
Did anyone else see that trailer and think: Wow this is just trying so ridiculously hard to ape the Avenger's trailer? I was thinking that even before I saw the Ship (I assume the Enterprise) rise up out of the water.
12/7/2012 1:11:49 PM
The Dark KNight Rises trailer was very similar too. I think it's just a recent action movie trailer thing, rather than them necessarily copying each other specifically.
12/7/2012 3:46:12 PM
But the Star Trek trailer has Benedict Cumberbatchs voice narrating the whole damn thing! clearly that makes it the better trailer... or I am just crushing on Cumberbatch... shut up..
12/7/2012 4:08:16 PM
You and and most of the British women! He was voted the Sexiest Man in Britain by The Sun newspaper back in May. Mind you that's The Sun. It's not exactly a reliable reflection on reality. :P
12/8/2012 5:41:49 AM
You know btwn this and Hiddleston's monologue over avengers trailer, I like to imagine there's some exec who's realized/decided that a way to help get the female audience into seats is to have a villain they'll swoon for be the big-bad and monologue over the whole trailer :D
12/8/2012 5:04:18 AM
Yeah, the director and such of the movie rarely have much to do with the trailers. That's how you get dramas marketed as screw-ball comedies, psychological thrillers sold as slashers, and other such nonsense.
12/8/2012 5:38:51 AM
Point. I still could only laugh at how much the ship rising up reminded me of the Hellicarrier :D
12/6/2012 5:26:59 PM
well im not sure if its strictly feminist movie, are most romcoms feminist? Really some the fine reviewers should dive into this. As a guy my assessment is probably off in general. Personally I think the Legend of Korra is probably the goal post for a feminist portal of strong female characters with both strengths and weakness in "realistic" fashion (like the first series, I'm not to proud to say there are parts were I was holding back manly tears). maybe I should of said Thor has many strong elements of romantic comedies over the years. Here's my personal checklist for hollywood romcoms, besides its overall tone. 1) accidential meeting between the leads2) fish out of water/overcoming differences interaction3) a bit of slapstick, and cute interaction between the leads4) a bit of a long burn to the evential kiss/emotional connection5) A quirky friend or two as part of the set.6) a bit of cheesecake and beefcake for everyone around.7) The perfect man has a few flaws that can be overcome. The lead lady can help overcome these flaws. (yes ths can go vice versa for the leads). Lastly, when I left the movie, first thing I thought was, that was cute romcom. Yes, there is in the fact the relationship was not really the major focus of the moive, but in thor I'd argue that It was more than just background and part of his character arc (as opposed to Tony and Pepper in iron man, which was sweet, but more inevitable background piece). I was kind of let down in Avengers that Portman was just footnote after the whole "i'll be back/watching you Jane" end in Thor, but it would have added unnecessary padding in what was team movie. The main element Thor was missing though is that Jane was an everyday hero in the comics, giving the two a major connection.Maybe instead of romcom should have said a "good date movie" since honestly there are elements enjoyable by everyone. Though, now that I think about it, all the avenger tie ins have this element....sneaky sneaky marvel having a blockbuster that can be enjoyed by most everyone.
12/6/2012 8:06:07 PM
It is both sneaky and cool. :)One of the things I liked about the ending was that while Thor may be moping, Jane is all 'Well stuff this for a game of soldiers, I'mma go FIND ME SOME ALIENS, INCLUDING THAT HANDSOME DUDE. And we will discover secrets of the universe and it'll be awesome! Come on, Darcy, bring me those charts!"
12/6/2012 8:07:01 PM
Also NEVER apologise for rambling when my show is basically a five to ten minute ramble on whatever it was I was thinking about this week. :D
12/6/2012 8:38:18 PM
I think I agree with all of this (and completely agree about Korra!), I think just like any other genre, a romcom can be feminist and another one could actually be misogynistic in some way (I assume the majority would be classified as somewhere in the middle, but we could hope it skews the right way overall). And yes it really is wonderful that (while not everyone likes them) Marvel's film success as of late has been making a film for eveyone, not just one "target demographic" I just hope it continues and influences other "big" properties to do the same.In related news the kid in the Thor tutu is adorably awesome. I hope her parents find and let her see Next Avengers at some point, because Toruun (Thor and Sif's daughter) is awesome. [Not as awesome as James Rogers, but come on he had the most awesome parents ever; at least to me.] Despite popular opinion I thought that animated film was great (I actually like it more than the 2 Ultimate Avengers films prior, but they are good too), though the premise of Next Avengers is exceedingly dark for a "kids" film.also, on the Thor and Jane thing, this: http://graphitedoll.tumblr.com/post/24665175380/i-tried-out-gracejos-art-style-it-was-a-fun absolutely this :)
12/6/2012 10:05:53 AM
This is a movie I need to view again. The first time I saw it the Asgard portions were very well done, but the Earth portions kind of dragged on and I got distracted...and I still have a bitter feeling over the Destroyer I hate to be a broken record but never introduce an unstoppable killing machine without a good reason to stop the bloody thing!!! Either by removing the controlling force, burying it, or transporting it to another dimension, the Destroyer is the most feared enemy of Asgard aside from Ymir and especially Surtur (whose lack of finality in Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes still pisses me off). I truly believe Thor 2 will be better, since it features Malekith and the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, and the Casket of Ancient Winters will be involved. I hope they introduce Valkyrie, since her interacting with Sif would be pretty darn interesting and could help build up more info on how Asgard and the Aesir view the universe, since they must know other aliens and god-like beings exist now. We haven't seen too much of the Vanir, so how the movie plays out is another question mark, but I have a lot of confidence in Marvel to figure this storyline out.
12/6/2012 5:32:24 PM
I have heard the argument before about the Earth parts being boring or distracting, but I found them fun. I think everyone was funny where they needed to be and I enjoyed the quiet character moments.That being said, it was annoying that The Destroyer was taken out relatively easily and I would have liked to have seen a better set battle.
12/6/2012 8:13:37 PM
I completely agree on the lack of conclusion for the Surtur plot in Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes. I blame it on the cancellation; Jeff Loeb et al had them hurry up and finish off the Secret Invasion (and all related) stuff and that clearly fell by the wayside :(But, I think they (the show creator's themselves) did as good a job as anyone could've with that; not to mention them having to shoehorn in Red Hulk episodes for, guess who: Loeb! (I think those and related eps may be the only ones the show creators didn't write themselves, but the eps were also definitely IMO as good as they could be under the circumstances). On the Thor movie itself, I liked it and didn't have any problem with those parts, but as evidenced by your Thor 2 musings, you clearly know more about Thor than I :)And yes I too would love to see Sif AND Valkyrie in Thor 2! So much Badassery!
12/8/2012 4:40:52 PM
I like that the movies are becoming even more Simonsonian. Maybe at the end, Thor loses Mjonlir on some planet, and an odd-looking monstrous alien picks it up...
12/8/2012 9:50:07 PM
Walt Simonson was basically the creator that made Thor majestic and grandiose. And I loved what he did with the Shakespearean dialogue for the Asgardians, it helped differentiate them from other characters in how they communicated with each other and with mortals. Sometimes I wonder though, is Marvel getting too ambitious with it's shared cinematic universe? For Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man movies, you'd have to think that maybe Michael Korvac and Ultron would be primary villains, although with the Guardians of the Galaxy, they could be there to further along the Thanos storyline as well.
12/8/2012 11:01:36 PM
"Walt Simonson was basically the creator that made Thor majestic and grandiose."No.http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/04/is-thor-showing-his-true-colours/
12/6/2012 12:29:32 AM
i honestly think thor is a great romantic comedy! you heard me!
12/6/2012 9:30:30 AM
Do explain. I read a really interesting thing yesterday about how Thor is a feminist movie, so I'm willing to listen to most theories at this point!
12/6/2012 5:28:20 PM
whoops, derp. see reply above. sorry about that, sorry about the ramble as well :)
12/6/2012 9:07:25 PM
Is this the article in question: http://www.socialjusticeleague.net/2011/09/is-thor-a-feminist-movie-yes/If so awesome, if not do you have a link?Oh, and related (even if not as strong an argument as can be made for Thor, it's a good article to read): "why the avengers is a feminist film" http://www.thenewagenda.net/2012/05/09/why-the-avengers-is-a-feminist-film/
12/6/2012 12:12:51 AM
King of the CAPSLOCK? Thor? Nah, prince maybe, but not king. That honor still belongs to Brian Blessed. If there was one thing I would complain about Thor (The Character), was that I was very unconvinced with the budding romance between him and his love interest. Maybe Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman just didn't have that kind of chemistry. I mean the interaction between him and Stellan Skarsgård or Kat Dennings was much more convincing.
12/6/2012 9:31:03 AM
Brian Blessed is EMPEROR OF CAPSLOCK. Yes indeedy. :)
12/5/2012 10:42:53 PM
While I don't believe that Loki can ever become a "good guy." meaning.. he will never be a good self-less person.. ever. I don't think it's that un-think able that he can become a side-swapper. Lokis grant scheme, all-ready now, is futile, he cannot see it right now so he continues, but at this point, Lokis only natural end would be his demise, on the same time, his actual goal that was blurred in the beginning just becomes more and more so, until we'll arrive at a point where there actually isn't any goal. Loki is on a very self destructive path without knowing it. Here's the thing though... Loki is a smart guy! he has the ability to figure this out at some point, to have that self realisation, and I don't think Loki actually wants to destroy himself or Asgaard, he just doesn't realise that is where he is headed.. right now. It could go either way really, Loki could destroy himself, or he could realise it would be the smarter thing to do to swap sides, both things seems equally plausible to me at this point.. and I would like to see him swap side because it would lead to some very interesting situations is any future Avengers movie.. just the image of Tony having to work with him.. I want to see that. Any-way.. wow, you just decided to re-cap the movie in 6 minutes.. that's not your usual approach, but I guess that's actually the best way to go around Thor at this point, just tell his development in a linear line. All though, you didn't have the little shirt-less shot? the single shot that makes all girls just halt and go quiet when-ever it's brought up.. i'm very dissapointed in you.
12/6/2012 9:31:55 AM
You know, I totally forgot. Shame on me. :)And I like your Loki theory. It would be awesome. Loki + Tony Stark = hilarity at all times.
12/6/2012 9:50:50 AM
Just imagine when Loki realises the man he is working for is actually much more powerful than he himself is, and wouldn't hesitate to kill him when Loki is of no more use, then proceed to destroy the nine realms. Would that moment of realisation make Loki swap sides?.. probably. Would it make him become a good person? Hell no, he just doesn't want to die. And I am basing that on that A; Loki is not stupid, he is not going to follow a person blindly to the end of the earth out of loyalty B;.. Loki is not going to follow any-one out of loyalty, he is a free agent, he doesn't want other people to rule him, and this guy he is making deals with would only be satiesfied with ruling him. So yeah, Loki swapping sides so it'll suit his own needs the best. It makes A LOT of sense in my book.
12/6/2012 5:56:27 PM
loki does whats best for loki, even if means working with heroes for a while.
12/6/2012 8:21:44 PM
And he will probably realise at some point that siding with the good guys will be the more healthy solution in the long run...
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