Dedpool’s Year in Review of 2011′s Comic Book Movies

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Chris Hemsworth in Thor (2011) Movie Image

Thor

Companies like to cross market their products and CBMs are no different. Just look at what happened with “Thor.” I first saw the “First Look” at the animated film “Thor: Tales of Asgard” with “Next Avengers” and that was over two years ago. It had been finished for a year, but Marvel decided they were going to do a marketing blitz for their live action film by releasing this around the same time. Smart move really. “”Tales of Asgard” was actually a pretty fun film, with some similarities to the live action film with it featuring Jottenheim and the Frost Giants. Well written and a great starting place for those who don’t know the mythology, it made sense to have an animated early adventure of Thor and company. “Thor” actually debuted before “Tales of Asgard curiously enough but since it was very well received the marketing still worked. Chris Hemsworth truly brought the thunderer to life, and the supporting cast including a great Tom Hiddleston, and the always amazing Anthony Hopkins only added to the film. It had grandiose sets, and beautiful imagery in Asgard, and while the dreary Midwest setting during the middle of the film seemed like the antithesis of what we saw earlier, it made the return to Asgard that much more grand. Marvel actually did well with both incarnations.

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  • LionHeart

    First Class: Biggest surprise, best comic movie of the year. No doubt.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I was going to put in the surprise list but it was just so awesome it had to be in the top. But trust I was blown away.

      • LionHeart

        I had to be dragged to see it, honestly. It was so below my radar. Never saw any trailers, had little to no idea about the plot, thought Kevin Bacon being in it was a joke.

        I went in there with zero expectations, like a lot of people after the last few X-Men movies I imagine, but MAN, did it all work out in the end.

  • TheStrongestThereIs.com

    I have to be in agreement with this year end round up. Good stuff! I believe that the script of green lantern was very generic and should have been rounded out a little more but im satisfied with what they did with the origin which is the problem with the movie. Origin movies always tend to be the most boring to me. I’m much more of a “I know the beginning and people who don’t can pick it up through dialogue surrounding a better story arch” kind of guy. However the movie did well its first two weeks and thankfully they haven’t given up on the franchise because of it.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Thanks TSTI! I completely agree. Flashbacks and title sequences can catch us up lol

  • Vineland

    Good article.

  • kraven

    good article. I beg to differ on Thor. It just felt so much like a dare i say pretty Disney family film. Chris Hemsworth was a killer casting coup for the god of thunder and Odin had to be grand played by Hopkins. But the movie needed a darker edge and Loki just didnt come off as downright evil as he should have. Natalie Portman obviously helped at the gate but was not really needed. As for the Green Lantern, with so many bad reviews, I cant see wasting my time to watch it.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    With it being an origin flick, we needed to see where Loki’s evil came from I think and Avengers will feature the Loki you’re looking for. As for GL hey thats entirely on you but if you catch it on cable at least give the space scenes and ending a look, but I anr some others here at BH all didn’t hate it and actually enjoyed it a bit. Sure it has some glaring issues but it still had its moments.

    • Vineland

      All my favourite moments in Thor have Idris Elba in them, he rocks.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Yeah he was another standout and definitely made his role fun.

  • kraven

    Sounds a bit like the Daredevil movie, bad but with moments. will check it.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Very Much so. I personally liked the Director’s cut of “Daredevil” alot. This could’ve used one, but the Extended version I heard really doesn’t add to anything.

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    Good stuff. But you’re too nice.

    Yea, Ryan Reynolds didn’t yammer on and on for the entire movie like he did in that Blade sequel, but GL was a huge bummer. It was one of those movies that could not live up to the trailer because the trailer was nothing like the movie.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      See that’s the thing about trailers, they’re all out of context, so a few one liners, and some cool visuals and viola you have an engaging trailer to draw in the massess. I’m not being too nice though, I was giving my personal opinion, and I personally still enjoyed the film despiste the flaws. It was by no means a great CBM or film for that matter, but it had potential and the franchise still does as well. Like I said just keep sequel in space.

  • Anonymous

    Xmen first class = super awesome
    Green lantern = surprisingly nice
    Thor = C+
    Capt America = Boring, Lame, Sucks.