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Kenneth Caroli

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skurgesaxe

Subj: Re: Must I have words with thee...again...? [SPOILERS]
Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 11:01:06 am EDT (Viewed 2 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Must I have words with thee...again...? [SPOILERS]
Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 05:45:10 am EDT (Viewed 2 times)

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Well guys I think it is time for me to emerge from the closet. When it comes to Don Blake I am with UK on this one (although as usual UK is kinda "forthright" in his presentation!)I don't have time for the lengthy analysis the subject deserves, but suffice to say I have never viewed Blake as a lame plot device designed to resemble Supes kryptonite. I have always loved the potential tension in Thor's imposed duality. I know Blake's individuality "died" as the series progressed but I for one always saw an incredible potential in the idea of an at times, uneasy fusion between man and god. I think this kind of thinking was why the "Reigning" grabbed me incredibly as a plot. How did Thor's character develop into a benovolent though suffocating dictator?

Maybe I am just fascinated by incarnational thinking. In any case I recognise that to be pro-Blake is something of a minority sport but hey its all about opinions.

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> Well guys I think it is time for me to emerge from the closet. When it comes to Don Blake I am with UK on this one (although as usual UK is kinda "forthright" in his presentation!)I don't have time for the lengthy analysis the subject deserves, but suffice to say I have never viewed Blake as a lame plot device designed to resemble Supes kryptonite. I have always loved the potential tension in Thor's imposed duality. I know Blake's individuality "died" as the series progressed but I for one always saw an incredible potential in the idea of an at times, uneasy fusion between man and god. I think this kind of thinking was why the "Reigning" grabbed me incredibly as a plot. How did Thor's character develop into a benovolent though suffocating dictator?
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> Maybe I am just fascinated by incarnational thinking. In any case I recognise that to be pro-Blake is something of a minority sport but hey its all about opinions.


I've long been a fan of the Blake persona in principal, though I know it was rarely handled well.In comics I wouldn't want o see the 60 second rule but it might fit into an origin for a film.Even there I'd probably have it nullified by the end of the first movie, assumng we're lucky enough to get more than one.
But Blake aside what I don't like about what I've read of the script is that it's all Asgard.I love mythology, ancient history and Lord of the Rings.But Marvel's Thor straddles both the fantasy medieval setting of Asgard and modern Earth.To give up one for the other, whichever you chose, is disatisphying.I know alot of fans prefer cosmic Asgard or space stories as opposed to 'grounded' Earth based ones. I'll agree to dissagree.
An all Asgard film risks looking like a distaff LOTR but I realize one set partially on modern Earth may smack of Masters of the Universe or bad Hercules flicks. Either way proper casting and finding the right tone will be very difficult, possibly amongst the hardest of any major Marvel character.Even without the psuedoshakespearian dialogue alot of the elements Thor fans love may drive away non comics fans and plenty of comics fans too.I hate to admit Thor is an aquired taste [since I've long since aquired it] but it is.
Based upon what I've read Protosevich's intro to the 9 worlds and their races better e fairly quick or he'll have more than half the audience running for the exits or falling asleep.I expect it will be a potentially moody openning naration but doing it right will be very tricky.Since all the gods and giants are superpowered by human standards Thor is less liable to standout to the extent he does on Earth.What's been posted so far does not reveal how many of the hammer's powers will be depicted.If a fair number are he should be more recognizable as Marvel's Thor.I also pray they don't tone down the color palet and turn Asgard into all mud and grime: gray,brown and dingy greens.I know the bright colors might look corny if not handled correctly.
Still, Whether they use Blake or any of the other mortal avatars [Eric Masterson, Jake Olson] I wish they'd reconsider including modern Earth, if only as a lead in to the prospective Avengers film.They could go te Sigurd Jarlson route where it's just Thor in modern garb part of the time.He might've had his memories temporarilly blocked until he regains the hammer or merely his powers dampenned until then. I suppose he could use such a 'disguise' on Earth even withot the loss of powers or memory thouh that would seemingly abrogate the reason he was originally sent to Earth.According to the various reviews and descriptions, however,he does not even head to Earth at the end of the movie thereby setting up a sequal or a role in the Avengers film. The whole bit about Loki's schemes and Thor's pride loosing him his position and possibly the hammer take place entirely in Asgard here.Thus, there is no reason for him to show up on modern Earth.It sounds as though he might loose te hammer and his rank for awhile but not be as humbled as if he became mortal.
While I don't want to prejudge the film and will doubtless see it regardless, what I've heard sounds dissappointing.I hope I'm proven wrong.


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