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Goddess of Thunder: Is It Time for a Lady Thor Movie?

 

Jane Foster aka Lady Thor

The first reviews of Thor: Ragnarok hit the net hours ago, and they are phenomenal. With an impressive score of 98%, the folks at Rotten Tomatoes cannot help but suggest the MCU has reached its peak. Such positivity has many fans reaching back to an interesting statement Marvel President, Kevin Feige made during an interview with Movies.com on Wednesday. When asked about the possibility of a Lady Thor movie Feige replied:

“We always look back to the comics to get those ideas … sometimes very specific storylines like “Civil War,” sometimes just nuggets or characters like “Planet Hulk.”  So anything that’s happened in the comics, even a female Thor, become great potentials and the ideas from which future movies can be born.”

While no one is arguing that the MCU needs to improve on female representation in its films, is a Lady Thor film the way to go?

My answer, in short, is no. At least, not yet.

With Thor: Ragnarok just days away from theatres, the buzz surrounding the character is understandable—especially when coupled with the arrival of Cate Blanchett as Hella, and Karl Urban as Skurge.  Early reviews for Ragnarok aside, public reception for Thor’s solo films has remained consistently tepid when compared to other Marvel mainstays. Theories for this lag span the nine worlds. However,  dragging plots, and inconsistent character development remain common complaints.  (Darcy played a better leading lady than Jane in The Dark World, just saying.)

Some go so far as to blame Thor himself. They claim that Odinson’s tendency to be aloof and distant doomed the character long before Hemsworth donned the helmet. All of this seems to support the notion that Mjǫllnir may fair better with a which begs the question; who is the goddess of thunder?

The answer has been ours to discover since 2014. In Vol. 4 issue one of Thor, we learn that she is none other than Dr. Blake’s on again off again girlfriend, Jane Foster. The problems with translating this onto the big screen should become apparent immediately.  

Problem one: Natalie Portman. The actress has stated, rather emphatically, that she finished with Marvel studios for the foreseeable future. Assuming a Lady Thor movie got the green light, it is unlikely that she would be willing to reprise the role. Moreover, you should not need the eye of a skilled critic to see that she lacked interest in her character. While I respect Mrs. Portman and her work, she would not do the character justice; which brings me to my second point.

Problem two: Jane Foster is a relative unknown outside of the comics. I get it. Solo movies are intended to introduce a character to a broader audience. In this case, Jane Foster’s movie persona would require a total rewrite, or as is more likely the case with the MCU, her adventures as Thor would go to another woman. Offhand, the most logical choice for this mer

Tessa Thompson is Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok.

ging would be Valkyrie who just so happens to be making her MCU debut in Ragnarok. (Coincidence? Maybe not).

 

Captain Marvel

Solution: While I am in no place to tell Kevin Feige how to run his company, I can urge Patience among the fans. Remember, Captain Marvel is slated and confirmed for 2019.

In the meantime, Mr. Feige, I can think of another Marvel woman who deserves her own film. Bethany Killian

Haven Review: Stan Lee Box #1

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond my control, that being life I’ve not had the chance to take the time and review. The Stan Lee Box! I have been excited for months about this, literal months, and although it’s a older box that does not take away from the excitement I’ve had about being able to open this up and finally take a peak!

So let’s get started shall we?

First up are the two really amazing figures that came in this box the MK 1 of the fire Iron Man armor that Tony Stark made while he was captive.

This lovely little piece is die cast which means its metal, a literal Iron Man armor that is actual metal! I love it, and besides being a beautiful figure to look at and admire it also makes a great paper weight due to its weight! So not only a collectible but also a beautiful desk ornament also!

But let’s not forget the other figure this box came with, and as you all have guessed from past experiences I am a fan of Spider-Man! So what makes me happy, is having my own little web slinger hanging around taking photos of things on my desk and everything and brightening my room with some color! I love not only the design of the figure itself but also the fact that I got two awesome figures both in one single box!

We also got a How to Draw Comics The Marvel Way!  Where it teaches the step by step guide on how to draw your very own comics! So for all those aspiring artists out there who want to start their own comics this alone is already super beneficial to you!  Having clear instructions to be able to help you pursue your dream of making your own comic whether it be a Super Hero comic or a romance comic it’s all up to you!

The box also comes with Raw Hide Kid from the Marvel Masterworks a good piece for those of you out there who love the comics that aren’t focused around everyone’s favorite web-slinger or man of Iron. But speaking of Marvel Master Works, let’s not forget the limited edition variant covers from Monsters Unleashed drawn by Marvel artists and signed!

So not only do you get the comic with it, with protective casing and hard back but you get the drawn versions of it as well! It’s a amazing and beautiful piece for all collectors and comic enthusiast’s alike, I personally won’t be opening these. They are simply satisfying for me to look at and enjoy.

Last but not least, do we have a T-shirt with the big man’s face on it, but we also got Excelsior! The wood shavings that inspired Stan Lee for his catch phrase, and with it comes a info card that explains where the phrase originated and what inspired him to start using it as his catch phrase.

In conclusion the Stan Lee box is completely worth it and I absolutely love it, maybe someday we’ll do a give-away for one, but for now we will enjoy this box and all its contents!

-Daniel Clatworthy

Nerd News: Captain America Takes a Stand!

SamFalconCaptainAmericaEver since comics became a thing they have always had some degree of influence from the
world we live in. Captain America is quite famous for this when he battled Richard Nixon, Hitler and various other real-world characters.

Even Superman has had his moments with the Justice League of America, fighting the evils of Hitler. However in the new recent comics of the New Captain America where Falcon has taken over his predecessor’s mantle, he has decided to take a stand on growing issues in America today.

Much as how Superman is standing up for civilians in fighting police brutality, Captain America is fighting issues on border patrol and corruption on Capital Hill. I personally think this is a good thing, but many readers are not too happy with it.Captain-America-Sam-Wilson-1-cover

This is a Captain America that takes out the bad guy, brings him in and isn’t liked by Shield. The American people are demanding that he turn in his shield already. Now some little-known facts about Sam Wilson. He is a peoples man and he is always trying to help those in need. He has been an activist, has run for congress and has also been a social worker.

This is a man who has generally been on the receiving end of government corruption and he wants to change things. However because of this and how he views things, it causes a lot of uproar, most notably from Fox who generally dislikes everything. When I say Fox, I mean Fox News; they really don’t like the new Captain America. One of their hosts even went as far as to say.

Keep politics out of comic books!

I think it’s good that companies like Marvel and DC are getting actively involved in trying to show not only America the problems it has, but also the world. You cannot fix an issue until you see that issue first-hand. They are trying their best to identify with the readers about these issues.cap

Obviously this creates a lot of controversy. But if someone is getting offended about it, it doesn’t mean they are right. I have seen police corruption and I have seen government corruption. But unless you yourself see it, you are blind to it and that is what they are trying to do. They are trying to show you so you can help change it; so you can help make a better future not only for yourself, but also for everyone in your life.

Even when Sam Wilson took up the mantle of Captain America, it was met with a lot of heated issues because his skin color is dark brown. The writer for the current run of Captain America is known as an activist standing up for the people of the world, and I see no reason why he shouldn’t. A lot of the things we do here at the Gamers-Haven is aimed at helping people identify real-world problems and help them overcome them…through gaming and things we enjoy.

You cannot fix a problem until you realize there is one.

-Daniel Clatworthy-