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Love & Thunder Sets Up A Thor 5 Villain Who Makes Thanos Look Weak

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Love & Thunder Sets Up A Thor 5 Villain Who Makes Thanos Look Weak

Thor: Love and Thunder is the latest adventure for the Asgardian hero, and it sets up a villain would could possibly be more challenging than Thanos.

Warning: SPOILERS for Thor: Love and Thunder Below!

Thor: Love and Thunder might have set up the God of Thunder’s next villain for Thor 5, and he might be even more of a bigger threat than Thanos. The story of Thor: Love and Thunder picks up some time after the ending of Avengers: Endgame, with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a mission to stop Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) from eliminating all the gods in the universe. Thor also reunites with his old love Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who has taken on her own Asgardian powers as Mighty Thor, complete with the reconstructed hammer, Mjölnir.

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Thor’s quest eventually brings him to Omnipotence City, where a conflict with the Greek god Zeus (Russell Crowe) unfolds. As part of Love and Thunder‘s highly comedic tone (even by MCU standards), the Omnipotence City sequence is played for laughs to a large extent even as its action begins. Russell Crowe leans into the comedy of the film with his campy performance and fake Greek accent. In contrast to the much darker antagonist Gorr, the Omnipotence City scene wouldn’t seem to be the setup for the MCU’s next big villain.

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However, for as much of a campy goofball as Crowe’s performance portrays the king of the Olympian gods, it could also be case of misleading the audience. Despite the silliness and the brevity of Zeus’ appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder, the movie gives some reason to think he will not only return, but be quite a threat to the God of Thunder. Here’s why Zeus might be the villain of Thor 5, and how powerful a villain he might be in it.


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Will Zeus Be The Villain Of Thor 5?

In the Omnipotence City, Zeus refuses to lend Thor and his allies assistance with stopping Gorr, with Thor instead forced to fight Zeus’ guards in the arena. Zeus shatters Korg (Taika Waititi) to pieces in the fight, before Thor seemingly kills Zeus with his own lightning bolt. However, unlike Thor: Love and Thunder‘s other character deaths, the mid-credits scene reveals that Zeus survived, and has summoned his famous son Hercules (Brett Goldstein) to go after Thor.

The fact that Zeus survived a lightning bolt strike straight through his chest, along with the mission he gives to Hercules, does indicate that he’ll have a substantial presence in Thor 5. While Zeus might be more of a commander for his son than a direct opponent of Thor, he might nonetheless battle the God of Thunder once more after the brief display of his powers in Thor: Love and Thunder. While the movie plays Zeus primarily as comic relief, his status and portrayal in Marvel Comics would make him a formidable opponent.


How Powerful Zeus Is Compared To Thanos (& Thor)

In his comics portrayal, Zeus is an incredibly powerful god who rivals virtually any aliens or supernatural beings in the Marvel Universe, including the planet-devouring Galactus (who Thor: Love and Thunder teases.) That alone makes him a potentially much greater threat than even Thanos, but even his power displays amid his mainly comedic role in Love and Thunder hint at his power level. His aforementioned shattering of Korg is an impressively destructive feat. While only deployed on an individual level compared to Thanos’ universe-scale snap, Thanos was only able to accomplish that with all six of the Infinity Stones. Additionally, Zeus has allies like Hercules and his fellow gods in the Omnipotence City in his corner against Thor, while also being essentially immortal, another attribute Thanos lacked.


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None of that is to say that Thanos was a pushover villain for Thor and his fellow Avengers, or that Zeus is necessarily set to be the MCU’s next archvillain. The “Thor will return” caption at the end of Love and Thunder assures the God of Thunder will be back (though that might also refer to Jane Foster’s Thor). However, tthere’s no official confirmation of Russell Crowe reprising the role of Zeus in Thor 5. At the same time, Thor: Love and Thunder‘s end credits tease of Hercules pursuing Thor at his father’s behest is unambiguous, and if Zeus himself were to return, his wackiness in the film might subside if he were to unveil the full, massive extent of his powers.


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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.

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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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