All 55 Marvel Movies Ranked, Including ‘Captain Marvel’

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With over 30 years of theatrically released Marvel movies, it’s always a good a time to rank ‘em all, from “Howard the Duck” to this year’s “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool…

Domestic Box Office Hits $12 Billion Within a Year for First Time Ever

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With two months still to go in 2018, the box office has already hit an unprecedented high. ComScore and the National Association of Theater Owners announced on Tuesday that domestic grosses over the past 12 months have hit $12 billion, the first time it has ever reached that mark in such a time span.

The time span tallied went from this past weekend back to the final weekend of October 2017. During that time, several major blockbuster hits have hit theaters, starting with Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” with $315 million from its release in November 2017.

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After that, Marvel films from Disney and Fox continued to drive ticket sales with “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool 2,” and “Ant-Man & the Wasp,” all of which combined to gross $1.91 billion domestically. In total, films about superheroes have grossed $3.1 billion in the past year, roughly a quarter of all domestic grosses.

Other big contributors over the past year include “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with $612 million, “Incredibles 2” with an animation record $607.9 million, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” with $416.7 million, and the biggest surprise, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” with $404.5 million.

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“In the wake of the first $12 billion one year box office period ever, the potential for the first $12 billion calendar year in North America is strong as the Industry enjoys an 11% YTD advantage over 2017, a 6% advantage over the record year of 2016 and boasts an upcoming slate of blockbusters and awards season contenders that look to power the year to that elusive box office milestone,” said comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian in a statement.

The holiday blockbuster season is expected to kick off in earnest in two weeks with Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” which is expected to post a $65-75 million opening. Other major players in the holiday box office include Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Mary Poppins Returns,” Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” WB/DC’s “Aquaman,” and Paramount’s “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee.”

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Thor’s Roommate Darryl Survived ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ Which Proves Thanos Was Bad for the Economy

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Thor’s put-upon roommate Darryl wasn’t among the people who fell victim to Thanos’ “snap” in “Avengers: Infinity War” — but his life has still been pretty messed up by the supervillain’s actions.

Daley Pearson, who played Darryl in a few hilarious webisodes Marvel and “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi created to explain what Thor (Chris Hemsworth) was doing during “Captain America: Civil War,” tweeted a video over the weekend to wish Thor a happy birthday.

He also noted that Darryl did, in fact, survive Thanos’ snap in “Infinity War,” which randomly eliminated half the life in the universe. Unfortunately, a lot of his coworkers didn’t make it — and one unforeseen consequence of removing so many people from the universe is that Darryl is stuck working Sundays now.

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Happy Birthday @Thor ????Sorry it’s late but I’m working weekends since “The Snap” ???? pic.twitter.com/SEiWIOMdH4

— Daley Pearson (@Daley_Pearson) August 13, 2018

For those who don’t remember, Darryl (Daley Pearson) is an Australian office worker who Thor lived with briefly in the aftermath of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The goofy videos imagined what life would be like with an Asgardian god as a roommate, and it wasn’t great. In addition to Thor leaving his hammer Mjolnir in the middle of the floor, which Darryl couldn’t move because he wasn’t “worthy,” even when he needed to vacuum, Thor also tried to pay his rent in Asgardian coin — and a pumpkin.

In a later joke teaser for “Thor: Ragnarok,” Darryl wound up with an even worse roommate: The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

In his birthday video, Pearson asked that, if Thor could transfer him some money, if he happened to be somewhere in the universe with Wi-Fi. He explained that he was “in quite a bit of debt.”

Maybe there’s a market for Asgardian coins now that Thor has become pretty well-known by regular humans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then again, there are likely a lot fewer customers.

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Apparently, Thanos (Josh Brolin) didn’t pay much attention in intergalactic economics class. His plan in “Infinity War” — to make the universe a better place by killing half of all life — didn’t really take into account capitalism’s need for labor.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Could the Collector and Grandmaster Be Manipulating Everything?

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Everyone who saw the ending of “Avengers: Infinity War” is wondering where the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to go in “Avengers 4.”

The fateful cliffhanger found Thanos (Josh Brolin), the big bad guy that the MCU has teased for six years, finally making his way to Earth in search of the Infinity Stones. Just about all the heroes of Marvel’s universe turned up to oppose the Mad Titan’s plan: Gather the all-powerful stones into his weapon, the Infinity Gauntlet, and use them to near-instantly wipe out half of all life in the universe.

“Infinity War” ends with Thanos finally getting the final stone, the Mind Stone, and snapping his fingers — accomplishing his goal and causing half of everyone everywhere, including the MCU’s heroes, to turn to dust and disappear. Fans have been wondering just how the MCU will deal with that situation, and the still-alive Thanos, in “Avengers 4.” But like the coming of Thanos, it’s possible the MCU has been teasing a solution, and a larger look at its universe, all along. The last clue came in “Infinity War” itself, with the short appearance of one of Marvel’s weirdest characters: The Collector.

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In the MCU, the Collector (Benicio del Toro) is a strange man who does as his name suggests — he collects everything he can. In the Marvel comics, though, the Collector is a lot more fleshed out. He’s one of a small group of powerful, immortal and nearly invulnerable beings called the Elders of the Universe, each of which is the sole surviving member of the oldest civilizations in the universe.

Fans of the comics know the significance of the Collector, but so far, he’s only enjoyed small-scale appearances in the MCU movies — he was in the post-credits scene of “Thor: The Dark World,” when Thor (Chris Hemsworth) brought him the Reality Stone (AKA the Aether) for safekeeping. And he had a couple scenes in the middle of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” with the Guardians trying to sell him the Orb, which housed the Power Infinity Stone.

The Collector appears in “Infinity War” as well, although it’s not really him. When the Guardians reach Knowhere to try to get the Reality Stone from the Collector before Thanos, they find Thanos threatening him and beating him up and stuff. But it turns out the Collector isn’t really there — it’s all a ruse by Thanos, using the Reality Stone to capture Gamora (Zoe Saldana). The fate of the Collector is unknown, but we think it’s extremely likely that Marvel didn’t kill him off-screen after what amounts to a cameo appearance.

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Instead, it seems like the MCU is building up to something with the Elders. The Collector isn’t the only one to show up in the MCU so far — the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), one of the antagonists in “Thor: Ragnarok,” is also one of the Elders. He runs a big gladiator arena on Sakaar in “Ragnarok,” and his deal is big, involved games. He’s also best friends with the Collector in the comics.

So there are two super-powerful, super-old Elders of the Universe hanging around as Thanos goes gathering his Infinity Stones, and one of them loves games. In the comics, the Grandmaster has created cosmic-scale games more than once that use the Avengers and other heroes as pawns. Once, the Grandmaster even used Earth heroes in a game against Death — to get Death to resurrect the Collector after his death.

There’s some evidence a game could be afoot in “Infinity War,” and it has to do with what Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) sees when he looks into the future on Titan. Strange makes sure to tell Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) that if things should come down to protecting the Time Stone or protecting the heroes, the Time Stone comes first. But when the moment comes, Strange trades the Time Stone to save Tony’s life, at odds with exactly what he said he’d do.

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We repeatedly see other heroes do the same thing: Gamora gives up the Soul Stone’s location to save Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) trades the Space Stone to save Thor. Add to that Vision (Paul Bettany) and Captain America (Chris Evans) repeatedly telling each other “we don’t trade lives,” and we get a clear ethos from the heroes: They won’t sacrifice people. That’s exactly at odds with Thanos, who sacrifices Gamora and, indirectly, all his lieutenants to get the stones.

Strange changed his plan once he looked into the future, specifically giving up the Time Stone after saying he wouldn’t. That would make sense — if Strange realized the fight with Thanos was actually part of a larger game and winning it required a long view and change in tactics. And it seems weird that “Infinity War” would just drop the Collector into the movie for what amounts to a quick cameo, unless there’s more to his story.

If that’s the case, then the ultimate conclusion of the Thanos battle could hinge on impressing the Collector (and maybe the Grandmaster) and winning the game, rather than beating Thanos. That would provide a way to undo Thanos’ universe-wrecking snap, and give the heroes a way of beating Thanos without actually having to fight the Mad Titan, since they’ve proven they might not be able to beat him while he has the Infinity Stones.

We’ve spent a lot of time over the past few weeks digging through the details to try to figure out what’s coming not just in “Avengers 4” but also “Captain Marvel” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” We have come up with a pretty solid guess about what is involved in the one future Doctor Strange saw in which the Avengers defeat ThanosClick here for our deeper look into how “Captain Marvel” might impact that distressing plot twist. at the end of “Infinity War.” Click here for our look at what “Ant-Man and the Wasp” might have to do with all thisClick here for our discussion of the whole Vision situation and whether he’s really dead. Here’s our run-down on how the comic book version of these events played out. And here’s the evidence that suggests who else could be behind a cosmic test at the heart of “Infinity War.” Finally, while we’re talking about fan theories, here are a few of the most plausible — and a bunch of the wildest.

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How Marvel Studios Rose as Movie Stars Fell

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On this day, ten years ago, audiences watched an eye-patched Samuel L. Jackson say the words that unleashed a Hollywood behemoth: “I want to talk to you about the Avengers Initiative.”

Since then, Marvel Studios has produced six of the top ten biggest opening weekends of all time, including the movie that just topped the list: “Avengers: Infinity War.” It got here not by betting on movies stars, but on its secret weapon: characters who starred in pulp stories once sold on drugstore racks for just over a dime.

The story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of intellectual property over movie stars. It banked on nostalgia and cool factor, rather than 1980s-style goldmine payouts for a handful of movie stars.

Not long ago, a bankable movie star was seen as key to a blockbuster. The Marvel Cinematic Universe eschewed that notion from the start, with main characters played by two actors from the little-seen “Zodiac,” a supporting actor from a panned “Fantastic Four” adaptation, and an Australian who was best known as a soap opera star… and that guy who was in the first five minutes of 2009’s “Star Trek.”

“The days of the Arnold Schwarzenegger action hero are in the past,” comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian told TheWrap. “The movies now are the stars, and the stars are a smaller piece of that puzzle than they used to be.”

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Marvel didn’t invent the idea of star-free hits: “Star Wars” was packed with relative unknowns until the franchise made Harrison Ford one of the most reliable A-listers in history. And the “Harry Potter” films built stars up from childhood.

But Marvel mastered the art of relying on its IP, and relying on unexpected casting for an added thrill. After years of struggling with addiction, Robert Downey Jr. needed a career boost when he was cast as Iron Man. But the Tony Stark of the comic books, like Downey, struggled with addiction and always made his own rules. The casting was surprising, but completely inspired.

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The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has triggered a mad dash for profitable intellectual property — including a wealth of films based on comic books. Disney lapped up Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, making billions in the process. It will also own the “X-Men” and “Avatar” franchises  if a planned merger with 20th Century Fox goes through.

Even one of the last major movie stars, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, modestly gives much of the credit for his success to IP. In an interview with TheWrap, he explained how his company with Dany and Hiram Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions, mines IP like the “Jumanji” and “Rampage” games to create fresh hits.

“With every project, we are looking to push the envelope just a little bit more,” Johnson said. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be bigger, but it has to be different, and if you can make it better, we always want to do that.”

Studios have tried to do that with their own IP to limited success. Legendary has gotten off to a good start with its MonsterVerse, which will culminate with a big showdown between King Kong and Godzilla. But Warner Bros.’ DC Universe has suffered a mostly rocky road over the last few years — “Wonder Woman” notwithstanding — and is trying to retool. Universal’s attempt at a “Dark Universe” of horror failed to launch last year with “The Mummy.” The film marked a major disappointment for Tom Cruise, the personification of the ’80s and ’90s movie star.

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The MCU puts the characters and the brand first, paying homage to decades-old storylines while subtly improving them. Though successful characters go through scores of writers and artists, their essences remain intact. That will also be the case with the courageous Carol Danvers, who has been through hell in the Marvel comics and will be played by Brie Larson in next year’s “Captain Marvel.”

“There is a lot of spectacle in our movies, and certainly ‘Captain Marvel’ is gonna have a lot of spectacle… but at the heart of the whole movie is Carol Danvers,” Feige told TheWrap last year. “And that’s all that matters.”

And (spoiler alert) she’s the last person Jackson’s Nick Fury texted at the end of “Infinity War.” She might just save the whole Marvel universe from Thanos… though the franchise is the last thing that needs saving.

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Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” brought together just about every character from the studio’s 18-film universe to stop Thanos’ quest to wipe out half the known universe. But one character, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie from “Thor: Ragnarok,” was absent and many of the millions of fans who saw the film last weekend noticed.

On Sunday, Thompson put fans at ease by explaining her role in the film.

me in Infinity Wars. pic.twitter.com/g7fAjUcm95

— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) April 30, 2018

Confused? Thompson was referencing a Twitter account that was created in March, @Tessasgoats, which showcases goats that look like the actress.

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— tessa as goats (@tessasgoats) March 19, 2018

Valkryie was last seen with Thor, Loki and Heimdall at the end of “Thor Ragnorok” on the Asgardian refugee ship to Earth. The opening moments of “Infinity War” show they did not make it very far, with Loki and Heimdall dying at the hands of Thanos, seemingly putting Valkryie’s fate up in the air. But with Thanos’ whole “only kill half” motif, it’s possible she survived.

Or she was turned into a goat and is somewhere running around Wakanda after Bucky perished. The Infinity Gauntlet is pretty powerful.

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When Marvel Cinematic Universe supervillain Thanos shows up in “Avengers: Infinity War,” he’ll be pursuing a singular goal: gathering all six Infinity Stones.

The special gems, created from the singularities responsible for the Big Bang, have incredible power. Thanos is looking to unite them all in his Infinity Gauntlet. And when they’re all joined, the stones will be able to reshape the fabric of reality itself.

Over the last decade and throughout the 19 movies of the MCU, the six Infinity Stones have popped up in various forms. Thanos doesn’t have any just yet. Here is where each of the six Infinity Stones were last seen in the MCU.

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Space Stone

The stone that has been the biggest part of the MCU up to now is the Space Stone, which is hidden in a blue cube called the Tesseract. Last time we saw it, it was in Odin’s vault on Asgard in “Thor: Ragnarok,” where it was placed after Thor took possession of it at the end of “The Avengers.” However, as of the end of that movie, Asgard isn’t there anymore.

Toward the end of “Thor: Ragnarok,” Loki was in the vault to use the crown of Surtur to bring about Ragnarok, destroy Asgard and stop Hela. He stopped when he spotted the Tesseract, which heavily implied he took it from the vault before Asgard was destroyed. That would put the Tesseract, and the Space Stone inside, on the spaceship bearing Thor, Loki, Hulk and the people of Asgard to Earth. Trouble is, a mid-credits scene at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok” showed that ship being intercepted by the massive warship commanded by none other than Thanos himself.

 

Reality Stone

Since the Asgardians already had an Infinity Stone in their vault, they figured it was a bad idea to keep two there. After Thor recovered the Aether from the Dark Elves in “Thor: The Dark World,” he took the stone to the Taneleer Tivan, the powerful and ancient Elder of the Universe also known as the Collector, on the criminal outpost Knowhere. The idea was for the Collector to keep the Aether and protect it.

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We haven’t seen the Aether since then, so it’s presumably still on Knowhere and still with the Collector. However, who knows what the Collector might have done with it.

Power Stone

The Guardians of the Galaxy got hold of the Power Stone, which was formerly secreted in the round silver object referred to only as “The Orb,” after defeating Ronan the Accuser, who Thanos sent to retrieve it. In “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the team left the Infinity Stone on the planet Xandar, in the care of its military, the Nova Corps. It’s presumably still locked up there for safekeeping.

Mind Stone

The Mind Stone is more than just a powerful object: it’s also a person, at least in its current form. The stone is on Earth and was used by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” to create Vision, the part-biological, part-artificially intelligent robot Avenger.

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Vision last appeared in “Captain America: Civil War,” which showed him living with the other Avengers in their compound in Upstate New York. When Thanos comes for the Infinity Stones, he’ll have to take the Mind Stone out of Vision’s head… and we have no idea what that might do to him.

Time Stone

Doctor Stephen Strange has the Time Stone on Earth in a powerful amulet he wears around his neck called the Eye of Agamotto. Strange used the amulet, which he didn’t know was an Infinity Stone at the time, to defeat the interdimensional entity Dormammu after the sorcerer Kaecilius tried to bring forth Dormammu’s Dark Dimension to take over Earth. Strange traveled to the Dark Dimension and used a powerful artifact called the Eye of Agamotto to manipulate time, trapping Dormammu in an endless time loop until it agreed to undo the damage Kaecilius had done.

Strange’s ally, the sorcerer Wong, revealed that the Eye contained the Time Stone, and Strange has kept it ever since. He was last seen wearing it in “Thor: Ragnarok,” when Thor and Loki traveled to New York in search of Odin and met Strange in the New York Sanctum.

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Soul Stone

Though we’ve seen all of the other Infinity Stones in some capacity through the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is one that has never popped up in any movie: the Soul Stone. There are some theories, however.

First, the Soul Stone could be hidden in Wakanda. In “Black Panther,” audiences saw that T’Challa was able to visit a spiritual plane populated by his ancestors when he consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb. It could be that the meteorite filled with Vibranium that crashed into Wakanda in Earth’s distant past and which gives the Heart-Shaped Herb its power, could actually contain the Soul Stone — which would make sense with the spiritual aspect of its power.

The stone could also be on Titan, the moon of Saturn. Thanos is originally from Titan and we know from trailers that events in “Infinity War” take place there. The reason several of the heroes and Thanos wind up near Saturn, then, could be to retrieve the stone.

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Apart from the stone we’ve never seen, the last known whereabouts of the Infinity Stones place two on Earth, one on Xandar with the Nova Corps, one on Knowhere with the Collector, and one on Asgard — probably on the Asgardian spaceship. Trailers suggest Thanos will have two of the stones by the time he shows up on Earth: the Space Stone that it seems Loki will give him, and the Power Stone, which we last saw on Xandar. What happens to the rest of the stones after that, however, is still anybody’s guess.

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The beginning of time: The Big Bang explodes from six preexisting singularities. As the universe is created, remnants of these singularities are forged into objects with incredible power over specific aspects of existence: Space, Mind, Reality, Power, Soul and Time. These objects, eventually known as the Infinity Stones, become dispersed throughout the universe, often in forms that make their true nature unrecognizable.

The Distant Past: The most ancient beings in the universe, Celestials, are born. The oldest of them, Ego, comes into existence and finds itself alone. Ego spends millennia slowly learning to control matter, eventually creating a planet around itself, as well as a human-like extension of itself to explore the universe, searching for other life.

Ego finds life — and is pretty underwhelmed by it. He decides to spread himself across the universe. He travels the universe planting seeds of himself on different planets; at the same time, he fathers children with a number of species, hoping for a child that can help him activate the seeds.

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As other Celestials emerge, they become the first to understand and make use of Infinity Stones, devising technology to channel their power into weapons of unimaginable destruction. At one point, several celestials figure out how to share the Infinity Stones’ energy among themselves, but are quickly destroyed by it.

During this period, an unnamed Celestial is decapitated. Billions of years later, his severed head is turned into the interstellar mining colony called Knowhere.

Some time later, beings known in the comics as Elders of the Universe come into existence. Immortal (though not all -powerful), these beings cope with their long lives by indulging their obsessions. Among them are Taneleer Tivan, later known as The Collector, and En Dwi Gast, later known as The Grandmaster.

Hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of years ago: a massive meteor made of pure Vibranium crashes in central Africa. Over eons, the impact crater is covered by earth and foliage until it’s buried underground.

Between 130,000 and 10,000 years ago: On Earth, five early human tribes discover the Vibranium meteor impact site, and over time found the nation of Wakanda. The Wakandans eventually use the powerful technology created with Vibranium — and the advantage of being Earth’s only source of it — to hide themselves from the rest of the world. The kings of Wakanda use the Heart-Shaped Herb that grows near the original vibranium impact site to become the Black Panther.

2988 B.C.: The Nine Realms — including Asgard (home of the Norse Gods), Midgard (Earth), Jotunheim (Frost Giants), and Svartalfheim (Dark Elves) — become aligned in an event called “Convergence,” which happens every 5,000 years.

During the Convergence, Malekith, genocidal leader of the Dark Elves, gains possession of the Aether, actually the Reality Infinity Stone, and tries to destroy the Nine Realms with it. He is defeated by Asgard, led by king Bor. Asgard then comes into possession of the Aether.

Asgard also comes into possession of another Infinity Stone, the Space Stone, around this time. The Space Stone will eventually become known as the Tesseract.

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Sometime later, Bor’s son, Odin, becomes king and leads Asgard in the conquest of the Nine Realms. He’s assisted by his firstborn, Hela the goddess of death, but soon realizes she has become consumed with lust for destruction and conquest. He’s forced to wage war to stop her, only winning after enormous sacrifices, including the death of all but one of his elite Valkyrie warriors.

After Hela is imprisoned, Odin transforms Asgard into a peaceful, enlightened society built around culture and science rather than conquest, and all record that Hela ever existed is scrubbed from the historical record.

965 AD: Odin leads Asgard in war to stop the Frost Giants of Jotunheim from conquering Earth. In the aftermath, he takes the Frost Giants’ prince and adopts him, naming him Loki. Loki, raised alongside Odin’s natural born son, Thor is never told he’s a Frost Giant, and neither of the brothers are told about Hela.

Around this time, Odin hides the Tesseract among Asgardian worshippers in Tønsberg, Norway. This is eventually forgotten and the Tesseract is considered lost. By this point, the Aether has also become lost, and forgotten.

Marvel

1934: HYDRA leader Johann Schmidt convinces the Nazi High Command to allow HYDRA to conduct research and develop weapons for the Third Reich. Schmidt captures scientist Abraham Erskine and forces him to work on his super-soldier serum for the Nazis.

1936: 18 year-old Steve Rogers’ mother dies from tuberculosis in Brooklyn, New York. After the funeral Steve’s best friend, James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, offers his support and help, telling Steve he’ll be “with you til the end of the line.”

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1940: Schmidt injects himself with a prototype of the super-soldier serum, which gives him powers, but disfigures his face, leading to him taking the nickname “Red Skull.” Erskine is rescued from HYDRA by British secret agent Peggy Carter. He joins American industrialist Howard Stark in continuing his super-soldier research for the Allies via the Strategic Scientific Reserve, predecessor to the agency called S.H.I.E.L.D.

1942: Bucky enlists in the U.S. army after the outbreak of World War II. Steve makes multiple attempts to join him, but is repeatedly turned down due to poor health and small stature.

That same year, Red Skull finds the Tesseract hidden in a church in Tønsberg. He uses it to power several experimental machines and weapons.

1943: Erskine recruits Steve Rogers as a candidate for his refined serum. The serum transforms Rogers from a small, weak man into a super-soldier, but Erskine is killed by a HYDRA agent during the procedure. Rogers takes on the persona of Captain America and becomes a war hero after rescuing Bucky and other American soldiers from a HYDRA facility overseen by scientist Arnim Zola, who conducts inhumane experiments on POWs.

Bucky and some of the rescued soldiers become known as the Howling Commandos, an elite squad led by Captain America.

1945: Captain America and the Howling Commandos successfully capture Zola, but Bucky is lost during the operation and presumed dead. Two months later, Captain America defeats Red Skull, but in order to prevent Red Skull’s bomber from attacking the United States, Cap is forced to crash the plane somewhere near Greenland. He is lost and presumed dead. Howard Stark recovers the Tesseract during his search for Cap’s body, and it eventually becomes top secret S.H.I.E.L.D. property.

1949: Arnim Zola is released from prison as part of project paperclip and joins S.H.I.E.L.D., but secretly enacts a plan to rebuild HYDRA within it. He recruits sleeper agents and spreads them throughout the agency and the U.S. government. HYDRA recovers Bucky Barnes, who survived his presumed death thanks to Zola’s earlier experiments. Bucky is brainwashed to become an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. The procedure removes his memories of his past life and identity, and when he’s not on mission, Bucky is frozen in cyrostasis, keeping him in peak physical condition for decades.

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1960s: The Winter Soldier is used for covert HYDRA missions, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Hydra operatives work behind the scenes to sow chaos worldwide as part of a plan to eventually create a fearful population desperate for security.

1980: Ego, still seeding the universe, reaches Earth, where he falls in love with Meredith Quill. They have a son, Peter Quill. Ego leaves Meredith, although he returns on two occasions to visit her.

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1984: S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist Hank Pym invents a suit that allows him to shrink to an insect’s size, and a device that allows him to communicate with and command ants. He takes on the mantle of Ant-Man, while his wife, Janet, makes a suit of her own and becomes The Wasp. The two perform covert operations on behalf of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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1987: To disarm a Soviet missile headed toward the U.S. The Wasp is forced to shrink to fit between the molecules of the casing to get inside. She’s presumably lost in the subatomic Quantum Realm, unable to return to normal size. In his grief, Hank gives up being Ant-Man. Two years later, he resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to keep them from replicating his technology.

1988: Realizing he’s fallen in love with Meredith, Ego gives her cancer in order to preserve his goal. Following her death, aliens called the Ravagers abduct Peter Quill from Earth. Ego hired The Ravagers, led by Yondu, to abduct his children from across the galaxy. Yondu discovers Ego has been killing his children, and so keeps Peter to raise him as a Ravager.

~Late 1980s-1991: Young Natasha Romanoff is recruited into a ruthless KGB assassin program. This continues after the dissolution of the USSR and she becomes one of Russia’s top assassins, code-named Black Widow.

1991: HYDRA deploys the Winter Soldier to assassinate Howard Stark and his wife to steal S.H.I.E.L.D.’s remaining super-serum, while making the deaths look like an accident. Howard’s son, Tony Stark, inherits Stark Industries.

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1992: Prince N’Jobu, acting as a spy for Wakanda, heads to Oakland, California. The racial disparity he encounters causes him to believe Wakanda should abandon its isolationist stance and arm oppressed people across the globe. N’Jobu secretly works with arms dealer Ulysses Klaue to steal Vibranium from Wakanda, and in the process, several people are killed, including the parents of W’Kabi, a friend of Prince T’Challa.

King T’Chaka comes to Oakland and confronts N’Jobu, killing him in the dispute. T’Chaka leaves behind N’Jobu’s young son, N’Jadaka, known in the U.S. as Erik Stevens, rather than return the boy to Wakanda.

News Year’s Eve 1999-2000: Tony Stark meets scientist Aldrich Killian, who promotes his company, Advanced Idea Mechanics. Stark promises to meet Killian later, but blows him off to spend the night with Maya Hansen. Hansen, another scientist, shows him her research into a means of rewriting genetic codes to regrow human tissue that has the side effect of causing biological material to explode. They sleep together, but the next morning, Tony leaves without saying goodbye.

~Late 1990s-early 2000s: S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Clint “Hawkeye” Barton is sent to kill Natasha Romanoff , but convinces her to defect to S.H.I.E.L.D. instead.

2005: As part of a government project, Dr. Bruce Banner uses gamma radiation in an attempt to recreate Abraham Erskine’s super-soldier formula. Banner experiments on himself but the process turns him into The Hulk. Gen. Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross pursues Banner, and Banner goes on the run. He remains at large for the next six years.

2010: Tony Stark, who turned Stark Industries into a major weapons manufacturer, is captured by terrorists during a missile demonstration in Afghanistan. Stark takes shrapnel to the chest during the attack, but a fellow captive scientist named Yensin creates a device that keeps the shrapnel from destroying his heart. Tony adapts this into the power source for a prototype Iron Man suit, which he uses to escape. He now must live with the device permanently lodged in his chest, or he’ll die.

Upon his return, Stark discovers that his father’s business partner, Obadiah Stane, orchestrated Stark’s capture and has been using the company to sell weapons to terrorists. Stark perfects the Iron Man suit, defeats Stane, and reveals he is Iron Man during a press conference, becoming only the second publicly-known superhero. Soon after, he is recruited into the Avengers Initiative by S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury.

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May 29-June 4, 2011: The events of “Iron Man 2,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and “Thor” occur during a single week.

First, Tony Stark is now a celebrity for his exploits as Iron Man, but the Arc Reactor in his chest, which keeps him alive, is also poisoning him. He’s attacked by Ivan Venko, who believes that Howard Stark ruined his father. Venko is helped by rival industrialist Justin Hammer. Tony’s friend James Rhodes is forced to use one of Stark’s prototype suits to stop Stark’s increasingly reckless behavior, and Rhodes confiscates the suit for U.S. Air Force, becoming known as War Machine. Together, Stark and Rhodes defeats Venko and Hammer.

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Meanwhile, in Asgard, Thor makes war on the Frost Giants in Jotenheim against Odin’s wishes. During the battle, Loki learns he is Frost Giant. Odin banishes Thor to Earth as punishment for his defiance and strips him of his right to use the hammer Mjølnir. In Asgard Loki is angry at having been lied to about his origin and plots to overthrow Odin. On Earth, Thor meets Jane Foster and Eric Selvig, uncovers Loki’s plan, and returns to Asgard to save the day. During the fight, Asgard’s Bifrost Bridge, a wormhole Asgardians use to travel throughout the Nine Realms, is destroyed and Loki presumed dead.

Finally, Bruce Banner is discovered hiding in Brazil. After escaping capture by covert military forces, he makes his way north to the United States seeking a cure for his Hulk problem. Instead, the military replicates his condition in military contractor Emil Blonsky, who turns into The Abomination and rampages through New York City. Banner is forced to transform into the Hulk to defeat him, but in the process large sections of Harlem are destroyed. Banner goes back into hiding.

S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps tabs on Banner but leaves him be for the time being. Meanwhile, aware that earth is vulnerable to extraterrestrial threats, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruits Selvig to study the Tesseract in order to develop weapons that could defend against invaders. Unknown to everyone, Loki survived, somehow made his way to Earth, and now secretly controls Selvig’s mind.

April 2012: Captain America is discovered frozen, but still alive thanks to the super-soldier serum. S.H.I.E.L.D. revives Rogers, who discovers that he has been asleep for 66 years.

May 2012: Using a scepter that allows him to control minds, Loki steals the Tesseract and attempts to conquer the Earth with the help of an alien army. In response, Nick Fury assembles Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner as The Avengers, soon joined by Thor. After an uneasy start, The Avengers pull together and defeat Loki, though much of New York City is destroyed during the battle. Thor returns to Asgard with Loki, and takes the Tesseract with him. Bruce goes to work for Tony Stark, and Captain America becomes an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. alongside Black Widow and Hawkeye. S.H.I.E.L.D. also takes possession of Loki’s mind control scepter.

Unknown to The Avengers, the scepter is powered by an Infinity Stone, the Mind Stone. Further, Loki was actually working for the Mad Titan, Thanos, who seeks to control all six Infinity Stones. Thanos is warned by his henchmen that Earth is a much greater threat than previously assumed.

Shortly after the Battle of New York, Adrian Toomes and his crew are contracted by the city to salvage alien wreckage and clean up the battle site. They lose the contract when Damage Control, a joint venture between the government and Stark Industries, takes over. Toomes switches to a life of crime, using salvaged alien technology his crew didn’t turn over to Damage Control to build illegal weapons and sell them on the black market.

December 2012: Tony Stark, suffering PTSD after nearly dying during the Battle of New York, once again encounters Killian, who has since teamed up with Hansen to create super soldiers based on her earlier work. Killian has nursed a grudge against Tony for twelve years and using a made-up terrorist called “The Mandarin” (actually a drug-addled actor) as a smokescreen, plans to kill the U.S. president, sell super soldiers to the government, and destroy Tony Stark. On Christmas Day Stark, with help from Rhodes and Pepper Potts, Stark Industries CEO and Tony’s girlfriend, defeats Killian. Shortly after, he invents a way to remove the shrapnel from his heart, and decides to retire as Iron Man.

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November 2013: Jane Foster, investigating a scientific anomaly caused by the latest Convergence of the Nine Realms, comes into contact with the Aether, which uses her as a host. This will kill her, so Thor brings her to Asgard for more advanced medical care. The Dark Elves attack Asgard and Earth in an attempt to reclaim the Aether, and Thor enlists Loki’s help to stop the Elves. During the battle, Loki fakes his death (again). Thor brings the Aether back to Asgard. Meanwhile, Loki has disguised himself as Odin and now rules Asgard.

Shortly after, it’s decided that having two Infinity Stones in the same place is too dangerous, so Asgard gives the Aether to The Collector, who lives on Knowhere, for safekeeping.

2014: Arnim Zola and his hidden HYDRA sleeper agents finally enact their plan to take over S.H.I.E.L.D. and use its technology to eliminate anyone who might be a threat. With the help of Nick Fury, Black Widow, and his new friend Sam “Falcon” Wilson, Captain America uncovers the plan, and is forced to fight The Winter Soldier, whom he discovers is his old friend, Bucky. With Cap’s help, Bucky regains some of his memories and goes on the run as a fugitive.

That same year, Peter Quill — now known as Star-Lord — teams with Drax, Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon create the Guardians of the Galaxy in order to stop Kree warrior Ronan the Accuser (also working on behalf of Thanos) from possessing an object called the Orb, actually the Power Infinity Stone. The Guardians defeat Ronan, but Gamora’s sister Nebula (both were raised by, and hate Thanos) escapes. After initially wanting to sell it to The Collector, they instead leave the Orb in the care of Nova Corps.

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A few months later, Peter Quill and the Guardians encounter Ego, who found out about Peter after hearing he briefly held the Infinity Stone without dying. Ego explains that Quill is his son and that he’s also part Celestial, which is why the Infinity Stone didn’t kill him immediately. Ego attempts to use Quill to power up his seeds and take over the galaxy, but the Guardians, joined by Nebula and Yondu, stop him — although Yondu sacrifices himself to save Quill.

Throughout the year, HYDRA boss Baron von Strucker conducts experiments on Sokovian siblings Wanda and Pietro Maximoff using Loki’s Scepter — AKA the Mind Stone — giving them superpowers.

May 2015: Tony Stark comes out of retirement to help The Avengers mop up remaining HYDRA forces. They retrieve Loki’s Scepter — and the Mind Stone, and Stark and Bruce Banner use it to create what they hope will be a peacekeeping artificial intelligence that could replace the Avengers. Instead they accidentally create the powerful robotic entity Ultron, which attempts to destroy humanity and remake the planet in his own image. The Avengers defeat Ultron, but not before it destroys a city in Sokovia, costing many lives.

Ultron’s scheming results in the birth of The Vision, a merging of Stark’s JARVIS AI with the Mind Stone. He joins the Avengers along with Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch. Meanwhile, Banner, traumatized by the events and his own uncontrollable nature as Hulk, leaves Earth in the Avengers’ Quinjet for an unknown destination.

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July 2015: Recently-paroled thief Scott Lang breaks into Hank Pym’s home in hopes of stealing something valuable to pay for child support. Instead, he finds Pym’s Ant-Man suit and its capabilities. Pym convinces Lang to become the new Ant-Man to help stop Pym’s former protege, Darren Cross, who hoped to create a copy of the Ant-Man suit called Yellowjacket and sell it to HYDRA. Amid all this, he fights Falcon, who will later recruit him during the Marvel Civil War.

Late 2015: Queens high school student Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and develops super powers. He makes a makeshift costume and operates in Queens as Spider-Man.

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June 2016: Already distrusted after disasters like Sokovia and New York, the Avengers cause an international incident when operation in Yemen accidentally causes the death of several Wakandan aid workers. This prompts the Sokovia Accords, an international treaty to make the Avengers subject to UN oversight. Captain America opposes the accords while Iron Man supports them, forcing the other Avengers take sides.

A bomb is detonated at the signing of the Sokovia Accords in Vienna, killing T’Chaka, the king of Wakanda, and Bucky Barnes is subsequently framed for it. The king’s son, T’Challa, assumes the identity of Black Panther and vows to kill Bucky, while Captain America moves to protect him. Barnes and Cap learn that Helmut Zemo was really responsible for the attack, and believe he is trying to get control of several remaining HYDRA super-soldiers. But the Accords make unsanctioned attempts to stop Zemo illegal, and he is now a wanted man.

Tony Stark the authorities to let him be the one who brings Steve in. He assembles the Avengers who support the accords, while Steve gathers those who oppose them. The two factions clash, but in the War Machine is severely injured. Steve and Bucky escape, and the Avengers who joined them are arrested and sent to secret prison for superpowered people. Stark realizes that the Avengers have been manipulated by Zemo, but his friendship with Steve is nearly destroyed when he learns Bucky killed his father. Black Panther apprehends Zemo and takes Barnes to Wakanda to heal his mind. Cap goes on the run with the heroes who supported him, and all the Avengers’ relationships are badly damaged.

Days later, T’Challa returns to Wakanda for his coronation, officially becoming king and Black Panther. When Ulysses Klaue resurfaces, T’Challa and his allies team with the CIA to capture Klaue, but Klaue is rescued by his ally, Erik Stevens, who is also known by his U.S. Special Forces nickname, Killmonger.

T’Challa returns to Wakanda and admits he couldn’t stop Klaue, but soon after, Killmonger arrives in Wakanda with Klaue’s body. Killmonger uses killing Klaue, an enemy of Wakanda, and his status as N’Jobu’s son to challenge T’Challa and become king. T’Challa’s allies manage to escape before Killmonger can harm them, and later find T’Challa’s injured body, reviving him using the Heart-Shaped Herb.

Killmonger prepares to use Vibranium weapons to arm people across the world and create a Wakandan-led revolution. T’Challa returns and eventually defeats and kills Killmonger, but decides to end Wakanda’s isolationist practices in favor of using the nation’s wealth and technology to help the rest of the world.

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During the Marvel civil war Peter Parker was recruited by Stark to help in the brief battle between Avengers. Afterward, Stark gives Parker a new technologically advanced Spider-Man suit. Spider-Man returns to New York and does low-level crime-fighting.

Two months later, Spider-Man struggles to balance high school and a social life with his responsibilities as Spider-Man. He encounters criminals robbing an ATM, using powerful weapons created from salvage from the Battle of New York. Spider-Man tracks the sales back to Toomes, who uses specially designed flying “vulture” armor to steal technology from Damage Control to build weapons.

Spider-Man stops Toomes, who is sent to prison, where he encounters one of his buyers, Mac Gargan (aka the Scorpion), who vows revenge against Spider-Man. Tony Stark offers to make Spider-Man an Avenger, but Spider-Man turns down the offer, opting to help the regular people of New York instead.

Early Fall, 2016: In Kathmandu, Nepal, the sorcerer Kaecilius and his zealots enter the secret compound Kamar-Taj and steal a few pages from an ancient, mystical text belonging to the Ancient One, a long-lived sorcerer who has taught every student at Kamar-Taj, including Kaecilius. The Ancient One pursues the traitors, but Kaecilius and his followers escape.

Around the same time, famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange suffers major nerve damage to his hands in a car accident and spends several months recovering. No longer able to perform surgery, Strange begins a desperate search for ways to heal himself.

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Late Winter-Fall 2017: Stephen Strange finds out about Kamar-Taj and travels to Nepal, where he spends the year learning sorcery from The Ancient One. In early Fall, Strange learns that The Ancient One has lived for centuries by tapping into the power of an godlike being from the Dark Dimension called Dormammu. Soon after, The Ancient One is killed by Kaecilius, who seeks to allow Dormammu to take over Earth and end death. Strange defeats Kaecilius by locking Dormammu in a time loop using the Eye of Agamotto, which is actually the Time Infinity Stone. He then takes up residence in the New York City as the city’s master of the mystic arts.

Strange’s friend and magical mentor, Karl Mordo, is disillusioned by The Ancient One’s violation of “natural law” and leaves, later vowing to wipe out all unsanctioned sorcery.

Late 2017-Early 2018: After spending a couple of years looking for a way to stop Ragarok (he had a vision during the fight against Ultron), Thor realizes that Loki has deposed Odin. He returns to Asgard to find out WTF and the pair go to Earth to locate Odin, where they’re aided by Dr. Strange. Odin reveals he is dying, tells Loki and Thor about Hela, and warns his death end her imprisonment. Hela arrives on Earth, destroys Mjølnir, and exiles Thor and Loki, who wind up on planet Sakaar.

Hela takes over Asgard while Thor is forced to fight in the Sakaar gladiator arena, run by the Grandmaster. There, Thor finds that Hulk is Sakaar’s favorite fighter. Eventually, Thor convinces Hulk and the last surviving Asgardian Valkyrie to help him fight Hela.

Back on Asgard, Hela gouges out Thor’s eye. But with the help of Valkyrie, Hulk and Loki, Thor manages to defeat Hela by actually letting Ragnarok begin. Asgard is destroyed, but the Asgardians survive as refugees on a massive spaceship. In the escape, Loki takes the Tesseract with him.

But as the Asgardians, with Thor as their new king, head to Earth, they’re intercepted by a massive spaceship. That ship is the Sanctuary II, commanded by Thanos.

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‘Justice League’ Storms to Top of DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

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This ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Fan Edit With ‘Holding Out for a Hero’ is Absolutely Perfect (Video)

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— piss off ghost (@solversonlou) March 13, 2018

One of the fun things about the Internet is it gives fans a chance to mess with movies, and one thing folks often do is add different music to scenes to totally change their effect.

Take this inspired fan edit of the big fight on Asgard’s Rainbow Bridge in “Thor: Ragnarok” created by Twitter user @solversonlou. The clip replaces the 1970s tone provided by Led Zeppelin’s pounding “Immigrant Song” with an 80’s gloss courtesy of Bonnie Tyler’s 1984 hit “Holding Out for a Hero.” Watch the video above.

No joke, this thing is so good you’d believe “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi  intended all along for that song to play while Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his friends duke it out with the undead forces of the villain Hela (Cate Blanchett).

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As the music ramps up, it starts to look like the sequence was built around the song. Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) marches into battle in the first chorus, her sword landing with a clash of cymbals. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) clashes with the huge wolf Fenrir just as the song starts to talk about needing a hero who’s “gotta be strong and he’s gotta be fast and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight.” Loki (Tom Hiddleston) takes out a guy, does a barrel roll, and comes up into a slow-motion hair swish perfectly timed with a drum crescendo. It. Is. Perfect.

There are a lot of great similar fan edits out there on the Internet, but this particular “Thor” one stands alone. It might function as a joke to make the scene a bit funnier, but really, it also feels in keeping with the comedic tone the film already nails throughout — and it does kind of pound along with the same kind of energy as “Immigrant Song.” This is a standard all Internet film jokesters should aspire to reach.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Surges to Top DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

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Taika Waititi will play an imaginary Hitler in his next movie

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Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is switching up the animal movie titles, announcing his next project will be JoJo Rabbit, not the Bubbles The Chimp movie that Netflix bought last year. And as he described the film to The Wrap, it sounds considerably less grounded in reality than a stop-motion movie about Michael…

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The 17 Best Parts of Taika Waititi’s Hilarious ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Commentary Track

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As you might expect from a person as silly as Taika Waititi, his director’s commentary for “Thor: Ragnarok,” which you can check out on Blu-ray and the iTunes version of the movie, is anything but run-of-the-mill. No, this is the rare situation in which the director’s commentary actually warrants buying the disc. That you get an excellent movie along with it is just a bonus.

Sure, Waititi does occasionally provide some real information about the making of the movie, but more often than not he just riffs, in a way only someone as downright wacky as Taika Waititi would do on the home video release for a $200 million Disney blockbuster. Another bonus: Waititit’s two-year-old daughter Matua makes a couple of really precious appearances on the track as well.

That fits perfectly with a movie as weird and funny as “Thor: Ragnarok,” so you’ll find no complaints from us. In place of complaints, below you’ll find, in no particular order, the 17 best ridiculous moments from what may be our favorite commentary track we’ve ever listened to.

Let’s dive in.

1) When Taika doesn’t really have anything to say but he’s pretending he does because he’s supposed to talk nonstop through this whole movie

 

2) Production on “Thor: Ragnarok” was pretty….extreme

 

3) The Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps getting bigger

 

4) Exciting news about what Waititi is working on next

 

5) Shout out to all the fans of tools watching the movie

 

6) Don’t ask Waititi about geeky Easter eggs, because he ain’t a nerd, okay?

 

7) “Thor: Ragnarok” is NOT part of the “Earth Girls Are Easy” shared universe

 

8) Taika Waititi may be more rich and famous than you and me, but he’s still human

 

9) Since they shot “Thor: Ragnarok” in Australia of course a boomerang was involved somehow

 

10) Contrary to the popular rumor, Anthony Hopkins was not doing anything lewd on screen at any point

 

11) Waititi had to convince Chris Hemsworth to take his shirt off

 

12-17) All the times Waititi misidentified the actors

 

BONUS: A video of Waititi’s song he made up for the Marvel logo

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The Lonely Island share an incredibly strange, ambitious song they wrote for the Oscars

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MCU Fan-Favorite Character Returns From the Dead for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Deleted Scene Cameo

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(Note: This post contains light spoilers for “Thor: Ragnarok” and bigger ones for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”)

The deleted scenes on the home video release of “Thor: Ragnarok” are a lot of fun, filled with a ton of extra jokes from the likes of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), Hulk, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) himself.

But none is quite as much fun as a gag slipped into the final deleted “Thor” scene, in which a character from another Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise — who is also, as it happens, dead at this point in the continuity — shows up for a quick cameo.

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The final “Thor: Ragnarok” deleted scene takes place in Asgard, with Skurge (Karl Urban) about to behead an Asgardian as the executioner of Hela (Cate Blanchett). The scene cuts to an unfinished shot of a crowd of Asgardians as someone new wanders up, calling for the Executioner to stay his blade.

It’s Yondu (Michael Rooker), one of the anti-heroes of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise. Apparently lost, Yondu calls for the Executioner to “hold up a minute,” before realizing he’s in the wrong film.

“Hey, do you know where Kevin and Lou’s offices are, y’all?” Yondu asks, referring to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and MCU Executive Producer Lou D’Esposito. One of the Asgardians in the scene points Yondu in the right direction. With a “thank you,” he tells the Executioner to carry on with his business and heads out of the shot.

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While the joke is a fun nod to MCU superfans, what’s potentially notable about the scene, is that Yondu died at the end of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” Seeing Yondu again in full blue paint and head fin as Yondu, then, immediately raises a particular question: Was the joke meant to imply Rooker was looking for Feige and D’Esposito’s offices because he’s returning to the MCU?

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“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” director James Gunn has publicly said he hates when franchises bring characters back from the dead simply because they’re popular. He also said that while Yondu might show up in a flashback or other glimpse back in time, he’d never bring him back to life because it would undercut the character’s sacrifice.

So does that mean the joke was just referencing Rooker’s work on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” or suggesting he was meeting with Feige and D’Esposito as Yondu for something else? It’s pretty “inside baseball,” all things considered. Then again, rumor has it that Yondu and another dead MCU character, the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), might show up in some capacity in “Avengers: Infinity War” — if only in flashbacks.

Maybe this is Rooker and Marvel’s cheeky way of letting fans know we haven’t seen the last of Yondu.

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