Aug. 06, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
Two years ago, at the age of 16, Jillian Kirby began a campaign designed to honor the legacy of her late grandfather, Jack Kirby, the comics legend who created or co-created a host of iconic Marvel characters — Captain America, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, the Avengers and Thor, among them. Titled Kirby4Heroes, the charitable venture was launched to generate donations for the Hero Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, offering assistance to artists and writers. Once again, this year Kirby is hoping to raise money while celebrating the wide-ranging influence of the artistry of her grandfather, who dreamed up many of his heroes in the basement of his Long Island home. (Jillian’s father, Neal Kirby, wrote a first-person account of his childhood in the house for Hero Complex in 2012.) On Aug. 28 — what would have […]
July 15, 2014 | 11:12 a.m.
Who says a woman can’t be the God of Thunder? In October, a new, female Thor will rise to replace the Odinson that Marvel readers have known since “Journey Into Mystery” No. 83 in 1962, the company announced Tuesday morning on ABC’s “The View” talk show. It’s a major shake-up of a Marvel bedrock character, and the company is hammering home that the change is no gimmick. “This is not She-Thor,” said Jason Aaron, who will write the new series, in a statement. “This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.” And the one-word title bears that out: “Thor.” Aaron, writer of the current, acclaimed “Thor, God of Thunder,” will be joined by artist Russell Dauterman (“Cyclops,” “Supurbia”) in […]
Jan. 17, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.
Jaimie Alexander’s fierce Asgardian Lady Sif will make a guest appearance on ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Marvel and ABC executives are being tight-lipped about what might bring Thor’s ally to Midgard for a crossover episode, but her appearance on the show’s 15th episode appears to be fortuitously timed with the Feb. 25 DVD and Blu-ray release of “Thor: The Dark World.” Directed by Alan Taylor — who’s next set to step behind the camera to helm a reboot of “The Terminator” starring Emilia Clarke — “Thor: The Dark World” saw Chris Hemsworth’s hammer-wielding god face off against the Dark Elf Malekith to save the Nine Realms from being plunged into eternal night. The 2013 film now ranks behind “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3″ as the third-highest-grossing release from the studio. It’s grossed more than $205 million at the […]
Nov. 28, 2013 | 12:19 p.m.
You don’t have to take your broom to Diagon Alley, cross the Bifrost, traverse the Misty Mountains or steal a vortex manipulator to find the perfect gift for the Trekkie, Whovian or Westerosi-wannabe in your life. We’ve done the looking for you in our annual Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another gamer, a comics enthusiast or film buff, we’ve got you covered. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Happy shopping, and happy holidays! Under $25 Millenium Falcon guitar pick, $2.49: Here’s a song for you: The Millenium Falcon, it’s a smugglers’ ship. It can make the Kessel Run in “less than 12 parsecs.” Han Solo and Lando Calrissian use it, but neither has it as pick to strum and make rebel music. […]
Nov. 13, 2013 | 3:34 p.m.
As Odin, venerable actor Anthony Hopkins plays the father to two obstinate sons and the whole of the Nine Realms in “Thor: The Dark World,” the latest Marvel sequel to score at the box office — the movie raked in $86.1 million domestically in its opening weekend, and that was after an impressive overseas debut. Hero Complex chatted this week with Hopkins to get his take on the Marvel universe, his experiences working with Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki and to ascertain what the future might hold for Odin — though, on that last point, Hopkins conceded that he might not have all the answers. Hero Complex: You were spotted with Stan Lee at the Hollywood premiere for “Thor: The Dark World.” What did you think of the film? Anthony Hopkins: It’s a terrific movie, action-packed, […]
Nov. 11, 2013 | 6:26 p.m.
Tom Hiddleston had just spent six weeks living inside the melancholy mind-set of a vampire for a new Jim Jarmusch film when he turned up for the first day of shooting on “Thor: The Dark World.” Ready to reprise his role as the treacherous god Loki for the Marvel superhero sequel, which thundered to an $86.1-million opening this weekend, Hiddleston stood inside a prison cell set wearing the character’s green and gold costume and his trademark ebony locks. From behind a plexiglass wall, he glowered and dissembled for director Alan Taylor, but something was amiss. “I did the first take, and Alan was like, ‘Really nice. Wow … I think you can smile if you want to,’” Hiddleston recalled during a recent interview. “I was like, ‘Oh yes! Loki is a showman and he smiles all the time because he’s […]
Nov. 11, 2013 | 11:13 a.m.
Playing a Dark Elf of Svartalfheim isn’t as glamorous as it might seem — at least according to Christopher Eccleston, the English actor who stars as the evil Malekith in “Thor: The Dark World.” “The cloak is a pain in the ass,” Eccleston said. The actor was speaking candidly between takes on the London set of the latest Marvel superhero sequel, which took in an impressive $86 million in its North American debut over the weekend. The movie sees Eccleston portray the malevolent Malekith, an ancient enemy of Asgard who longs to plunge the Nine Realms into eternal night using a weapon known as the Aether. To stop him, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor must team with his treacherous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), a tenuous alliance that has some surprising results. Eccleston has a lengthy resume filled with respected projects including “Jude,” “Elizabeth,” Danny Boyle’s “Shallow Grave” […]
Nov. 06, 2013 | 11:32 a.m.
In time for this weekend’s release of “Thor: The Dark World,” Marvel is bringing the magic of Asgard to Disneyland in a new exhibit fit for the gods. Thor: Treasures of Asgard is now open as part of the park’s Innoventions display. The exhibit features “artifacts” from Asgard, including the helmet of Loki, the swords of Heimdall and Lady Sif, the mask of a dark elf and even the book that contains the history of Yggdrisil, the world tree that unites the nine realms of Asgard. See photos of some of the artifacts in the gallery above. We assume that Thor needs his hammer Mjolnir, and other famous objects like the Casket of Ancient Winter may be too dangerous to be on display. As part of the experience, participants are told by Odin, ruler of Asgard, about the joint undertaking […]
Nov. 06, 2013 | 8:56 a.m.
Marvel returns to Asgard with Friday’s “Thor: The Dark World,” the sequel that sees Chris Hemsworth’s god of thunder form an uneasy alliance with his mischievous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to thwart a scheme by the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), who intends to plunge the Nine Realms into darkness. The film already has become an outsized hit overseas, but late last year, when the movie was still in production, Hero Complex visited the set and caught up with Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige. The architect of the company’s big-screen strategy was seated close to the action at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, watching as director Alan Taylor guided Hemsworth through scenes that would eventually become part of the movie’s epic final battle. As a chilly wind blew across the Thames, Feige chatted about a range of subjects […]
Nov. 05, 2013 | 2:32 p.m.
“Thor: The Dark World” had its Hollywood premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday night, and stars including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and Kat Dennings walked the red carpet to talk up the Marvel sequel, arriving in theaters Friday. Directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”), “Thor: The Dark World” sees the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) attempt to use a weapon called the Aether to plunge the Nine Realms of the universe into darkness. Only by uniting with his devious brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) can Hemsworth’s brawny Thor hope to stop Malekith and rescue his lady love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who stumbles onto the Aether and is inadvertently drawn into the villain’s schemes. In an interview with Hero Complex on the London set of the film last year, Eccleston, the accomplished British thespian known to […]