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November 8, 2013


Nov. 08--Honestly, I wasn't sure a sequel to 2011's "Thor" was necessary.

The film opens wide this weekend at movie theaters.

It's even hard to fathom that it's been only two years since that franchise-launching film hit theaters with a mighty hammer of anticipation.

So much has happened since. There's been a second "Iron Man" sequel, an "Avengers" movie and a movie about "Captain America." Oh, and now there's the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." TV show.

With so much storytelling going on, it's a lot to keep track of. It's one of the dangers Marvel Comics must face in creating such an expansive world of superheroes and villains -- much like it has with its printed product.

I actually wanted to see another "Hulk" movie before I saw another Marvel Comics adaptation because we've yet to see a standalone "Hulk" film featuring Mark Ruffalo, who took the role over from Edward Norton for the "Avengers" flick.

But, here we are with ol' blondy again, and I'm just hoping that the story -- about some dark elves invading our planet, blah, blah, blah -- will be on par with the hammer-smashin' action antics that are sure to ensue.

Overall, I'm pretty middle-of-the-road about this sequel.

I'm not looking forward to Natalie Portman returning as the love interest, Dr. Jane Foster. To be honest, in the first "Thor," I had a hard time buying her as an astrophysicist. Her character just wasn't very well-written, and even Portman looked bored in the role.

Also, I find Kat Dennings pretty insufferable and one-note, but she'll return as well, in the role of Darcy Lewis, sidekick to Foster, who is essentially a sidekick as well.

On the plus side, Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as Loki, and that's always a good thing. As Loki, Hiddleston has chewed up the scenery and brought a real villainy to the only recurring villain the Marvel Comics films have bothered not to kill off or otherwise dispatch.

I'm a huge fan of recurring villains, and Loki's a gem.

Now, if only they could work Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull back into these films. Weaving is an A-plus actor, and no one does a villain quite like he does.

Could you imagine a movie where Loki and the Red Skull teamed up?

Now that's a sequel I'd be excited for.

Staff writer Brian Dukes can be reached at or 486-3523.


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