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Everybody Missing From Thor: Love and Thunder’s Valhalla

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Everybody Missing From Thor: Love and Thunder’s Valhalla

Thor: Love and Thunder sees some amazing cameos and returning actors, but some MCU characters who we’d have expected to be there do not appear.

Warning! SPOILERS ahead for Thor: Love and Thunder.

Thor: Love and Thunder takes audiences to the Asgardian after-life, but some expected MCU characters missing from Valhalla. Returning as Thor for his fourth MCU solo movie, Chris Hemsworth is joined on his latest adventure by Korg (Taika Waititi), King Valkyrie (Tessa Thomspon), and his ex-girlfriend-turned-superhero Jane Foster aka Mighty Thor (Natalie Portman). Directed by Waititi from a script co-written with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Thor: Love and Thunder finds the space Viking in a battle to stop Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) from killing all gods.

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In the fight against Gorr, two Thors are better than one. Though her time as Mighty Thor is slowly killing her, Jane still gives her all and ultimately sacrifices herself to destroy Gorr’s Necrosword. She then dies in Thor’s arms and fades to gold dust. Come Thor: Love and Thunder‘s post-credits scene, it’s revealed Jane has gone to Valhalla—the afterlife with which all worthy Asgardian warriors who die in battle are rewarded. There, she’s greeted by Heimdall (Idris Elba), but no other fallen Asgardians appear.

Related: Why Thor: Love & Thunder Breaks A Golden Valhalla Rule

Heimdall is by no means the only dead Asgardian in the MCU. Early on in Thor: Love and Thunder, there’s even a recap of all the deaths of Thor’s friends and family. Yet, most do not appear in Valhalla during the post-credits scene. Here’s why that may be the case.


Why Aren’t Odin & Frigga In Thor: Love & Thunder’s Valhalla?

The simplest reason why Odin and Frigga do not appear in Valhalla when the dead Jane Foster arrives is because Anthony Hopkins and Renee Russo either weren’t asked back or were unavailable. Thor: Love and Thunder‘s post-credits scene is also rather short, and only so much time can be spent introducing Jane to eternal paradise. As such, having her met by just a single character, in this case Heimdall, makes the most sense. Not to mention, Heimdall has a more direct link to Thor: Love and Thunder‘s story thanks to the introduction of his son, Axl Heimdallson, so his inclusion over Odin or Frigga works better to tie the post-credits scene back to the film.

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While they do not appear in Thor: Love and Thunder‘s post-credits scene, both Odin and Frigga are surely in Valhalla. A large hall can be seen off in the distance, and this hall is most likely where Odin—having finally succumbed to death in Thor:Ragnarok—now presides over a feast for all his chosen warriors. As for Frigga, she is almost certainly at his side. She died in battle protecting Jane from the Dark Elves, and during her funeral, her body transforms into gold dust and floats to the heavens, similarly to how Odin and Jane’s bodies disappeared when they died.

Where Are The Warriors Three In Love & Thunder’s Valhalla?

Thor’s friends from the first two movies—Volstagg, Fandral, and Hogun, collectively known as the Warriors Three—all met their demise in Thor: Ragnarok while defending Asgard from Hela. When Jane arrives in Valhalla in Thor: Love and Thunder‘s post-credits scene, none of the Warriors Three are there to greet her. The reason why is likely not all that different from why Odin and Frigga do not appear: the actors were either unavailable or it was decided the characters weren’t necessary to the scene.


Related: Everybody Who Dies In Thor: Love & Thunder

Still, the Warriors Three are surely in Valhalla since they were brave Asgardians who died in battle. Most likely, the three men can also be found in Odin’s great hall, feasting alongside their fellow fallen Asgardians. Volstagg, especially, is unlikely to miss out on a feast, and Fandral and Hogun are sure to be by his side. (Though which version of Fandral, the one from Thor portrayed by Josh Dallas, or the Zachary Levi version from Thor: The Dark World, remains a mystery.)

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Did The MCU’s Main Loki Go To Valhalla After His Death?

Also missing from Thor: Love and Thunder‘s Valhalla is Loki, the first version introduced in the MCU who was killed by Thanos at the start of Avengers: Infinity War. However, whether this version of Loki would be welcomed to Valhalla following his death might not have been clear before. While Valhalla might have seemed like a place where only Asgardians who die in battle go, Thor: Love and Thunder shows that these rules have wiggle room. Heimdall’s appearance in Valhalla demonstrates that the definition of battle is loose and Loki’s attempt to stab Thanos likely counts, just as Jane’s continued argument with Gorr still counts as battle. Similarly, Jane Foster appearing in Valhalla shows that non-Asgardians are welcome there, which is in line with the comics in which Jane, Frank Castle, and Flash Thompson are all able to go to Valhalla, despite not being Asgardian.


It is possible that the MCU characters missing from Valhalla are setting up a larger storyline even than the return of the MCU’s main Loki Variant. In the Marvel comics, when Odin arrives in Valhalla, he finds that the gates have been destroyed and the mead halls are all empty, and instead ends up residing in Mjolnir. While Heimdall is present, the other missing characters from Valhalla might simply be because the actors were not available for the brief Thor: Love and Thunder post-credits scene, however, it could be the start of a much more important story.

Next: Thor: Love & Thunder Ending Explained (In Detail)

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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