New ‘Thor: The Dark World’ & ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Images:

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Considering the two highest-grossing films of 2012 were both comic book adaptations, it’s fair to say that there’s a great deal of anticipation for the wide variety of big-budget comic book movies heading to cinemas over the next few years. Two of the more imminent releases are Thor: The Dark World and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, both of which are sequels to films that were fairly successful at the box office – though not without the usual division in opinion between fans and critics alike.

To mark the beginning of what will likely be a long summer of teaser images and trailers for Thor: The Dark World, Marvel Entertainment has tweeted a new promotional still in addition to those released on Monday. Touted as the first look at Anthony Hopkins back in the role of Odin, after sleeping through a good portion of the events in Thor, the image shows father and son side-by-side somewhere in Asgard. It looks like they’re either having a deep conversation, or watching a very dull play.

There was another “first look” at Odin shown very briefly in the Thor: The Dark World teaser trailer, with Zachary Levi as Fandral just visible in the background. Check out our full trailer analysis to find other tidbits that you might have missed, and what they potentially give away about the film’s plot.


Amazing Spider-Man 2

A few of the images posted by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb so far have been related to the Ravencroft Institute: a maximum-security asylum for the criminally insane superpowered villains of the Marvel universe – in particular those who have locked horns with Spider-Man. Ravencroft is effectively the Arkham Asylum of New York City, and therefore it’s possible that audiences already caught a glimpse of it in the post-credits scene for The Amazing Spider-Man. We already know that Colm Feore will play some kind of Ravencroft official, and of the new antagonists the Rhino (Paul Giamatti) seems like the most likely candidate to be found locked away inside the facility.

This latest look at Ravencroft tweeted by Webb doesn’t give away much more about the plot, but it comes with the amusing caption, “Ravencroft Christmas card.” Notice the poor guard in the back who didn’t get an official Ravencroft baseball cap and had to make do with a plain one.

Ravencroft guards in The Amazing Spiderman 2 570x376 New Thor: The Dark World & Amazing Spider Man 2 Images:

Considering how many of the teases so far have been related to the Ravencroft Insitute, there’s a definite indication that the facility will be the setting for something big, whether as the site of a villain’s incarceration or as the stage for a dramatic breakout. Incidentally, all of the guards and dogs in the above picture are just three days away from retirement.


Thor: The Dark World opens in US theaters on November 8th, 2013, followed by The Amazing Spider Man 2 on May 2, 2014.

Source: Marvel Entertainment and Marc Webb


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  1. Garfield is a great Peter Parker and SPiderman but that last film was just so so, not even close to being up with Raimi’s first two efforts.

    Everything is there for a great Spiderman film. I hope they lift their game this time.

    • I liked it I would say 4 out 5 but yes not as good as Raimi’s Spiderman 1 and 2, looking like this sequel is gonna be hype though.

    • Agreed. It wasn’t even close to Raimi’s Spiderman movies, it was way, way better.

      The kind of Spiderman movie we all deserved.

      • It’s the Spider-Man movie we deserved, but not the one we need right now – Batman

      • AG was a great choice for Spiderman but no, it was not a great film by any stretch. We deserve much better.

        The Lizard hearing voices in his head like Norman Osborne did was just painful.

        • Yea, cause a man with 2 distinct personas fighting for control in his head would not hear them doing just that, fighting for control. ASM was a much better Spider-Man movie than Raimis imo. Eh, to each their own.

    • I don’t think Marc Webb had intentions of his Spider-Man to be on par with Raimi’s, both have their own styles.

      • Exactly how I see it, it’s a completely different take on Spider-Man, both versions are great at what they’re trying to accomplish. Sam Raimi was more the optimistic and comic booky sort while Webb’s was more grounded and dealt with Peter Parkers life as a teen.

    • He was awesome in “A Tail of Two of Kitties”!

    • Agreed.

    • I thought it was better than spiderman 1 but not as good as 2. I am not a big Sam Raimi fan though

  2. I actually liked ASM a lot better than Raimis. And I’ve been a spidey fan for 20+ years Garfield was fantastic as Parker and spider man and Emma stone blew me away as Stacey. Hope she survives te second movie.
    I’m definelty intrested in raven croft so that’s exciting

    And damn Thor looks awesome!! Haha hemsworth is the god of thunder. Loving the style as well.

  3. that’s Zachary Levi. Josh Dallas never came back

    • Thanks, I’ll update. In my defence, he’s very blurry. ;-)

      • Haha np. I only know because I remember the casting. Its very hard to see who the actor is.

  4. retirony…HA!

  5. I think Thor 2 will make more money than Iron Man 3…

    • I still think RDJ’s Tony Stark will be a bigger draw, even though Hemsworth is a perfect Thor.

      • IM3 is projected to make $160 million its opening weekend in the US. That is flip’n amazing!

        I love Thor, but RDJ’ s charisma as Stark will probably draw more people in. I love the Iron Man movies more for when he’s Tonk Stark then when he’s Iron Man.

    • Just when I started agreeing with some of your posts, you post a prediction like that, ha. I truly don’t think that there is anyway in hell that Thor 2 will earn more than Iron Man 3.

  6. Thor really is the Masters of the Universe of the 21st century, and I mean that in a good way.

    This reminds me of Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman pitch. You know where Whedon failed? Rather than grabbing on the possibilities of Greek Mythology and running with them, like Thor is doing with Norse myth, he decided to make it as modern as possible and take Diana far from her origins.

    Which meant that none of Diana’s traditional rogues like Ares or Cheetah would appear(Instead a new villain created by Whedon out of nowhere). And set almost entirely in the modern world rather than exploring the realms of Greek myth, like Olympus and Hades.

  7. ASM was horrible. Long live Raimi’s Spider-Man 1 and 2. So glad ASM did not beat any of the Raimi’s Spider-Man films at the box office.

    • Everybody has their opinions. For me, ASM is not a terrible movie at all. It’s the true representation of Spider-Man. Flawed yes, but it’s still enjoyable if you don’t get caught up in constantly comparing Webb’s version to Raimi’s. But unfortunately all people tend to do is compare so I guess if you like one over the other, it’s because of personal taste.

    • The box office opinion poll wins.

  8. Both are great Spider-Men but ASM was better as it had the better love interest and was closer to the comics. It’s like comparing Nolan’s batman and Burton’s!

  9. I am Going respectfully Disagree with everyone that says ASM is Better than Spiderman or Spiderman 2. Toby, while Not a PERFECT Parker/Spidey was by far more Superior to Andrew BARF-Field. Emma Stone could not act her way out of a wet paper Bag, Though In ASM Defense, it WAS better than Spiderman 3 but then that was not hard to accomplish. Am I being to harsh on ASM, And like the first ASM I will NOT be seeing this one in theaters Either. MAYBE, I’ll rent it on dvd.

    • So if all your friends are all like “Hey, Chris, come out to see The Amazing Spider-man 2 with us! We’re having a little get together, come through”

      Then you will yell out “NO! The last film was mediocre, and I promised my peers on Screenrant that I will never ever ever watch this upcoming film in theaters! I SWORE TO THEM.”, while bitterly holing yourself up with your copies of Raimi’s Spider-man movies while muttering about those “crazy new bandwagoners…wet paper bag…BARF-field…heh heh…”?

      • ^this guy

      • Who goes to see a film they don’t want to just because their friends do?

        What is this “and I promised my peers on Screenrant that I will never ever ever watch this upcoming film in theaters! ” coming from. The guy will simply not go because he does not want to.

    • no. Kristen Stewart can’t act her way out of a paper bag or plastic.

  10. Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins were both very inspired choices for these roles… I’m hoping that Thor 2 will be a better movie than Thor to take advantage of it.

    It somewhat bothered me that the recent Thor 2 trailer didn’t look like it was going to be very creative in its storyline but who knows. We’ll see.

    As for Amazing Spider-Man, Garfield won me over with his acting and I liked ASM just as much as I did the first & second Raimi Spider-Man films. As far as reboots go, I’m pleased with it… mostly because it didn’t try to emulate Raimi’s Spidey and it’s more of its own thing right now. I think the writing on Spider-Man’s origins in ASM was much better. The only thing I would have changed about (or rather, left out of) ASM were the parts where Peter used his Spidey abilities in front of other people.