Today In Nerd News – Thor, Daredevil, and a Ratchet & Clank Film


First Teaser for Thor: The Dark World Drops

Thor: The Dark WorldThor is/was one of those characters that I wasn’t too impressed with in the past. Upon my first watch, Thor was an okay film. But, when I re-watched it recently, I had a different take completely. It turned out that it was a pretty solid film. Sure, it was no Iron Man, but what are you going to do?

Now, some two years after the original film released, Thor: The Dark World finally has a teaser trailer! Aside from all of the fighting, awesome effects and whatnot, I am most excited to see Christopher Eccleston back on the big screen! Although he isn’t seen but briefly (I think), you can still hear his glorious British accent.

Check out the trailer below, and let us know what you think.

Thor: The Dark World is set to release November 8, 2013. The film also stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, and Stellan Skarsgård. The film is directed by Alan Taylor. 

Marvel Owns Daredevil Again

Daredevil's Cat Typewriter

Okay, so Marvel never lost Daredevil per se, but it did sell the film rights to the character years ago. But, now that’s all changed, and rights to the character have reverted back to Marvel Studios. I’d assume, with Marvel’s recent track record, that this is a very good thing.

First reported by Newsarama, Marvel president Kevin Feige confirmed during a press junket for Iron Man 3 that Marvel did indeed now own the film rights to Daredevil. This comes after Fox Studios, the previous rights holders, failed to put a feature-length Daredevil film into production by October 10, 2013. Although this isn’t recent news, this is the first time anyone from Marvel had confirmed that the rights did indeed belong to the company again.

All of this is good news to hear. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ben Affleck (he was the bomb in Phantoms, yo!). But, I think we can all agree that the Daredevil film wasn’t that good. Honestly, I think I hear more complaints about this film than I do about the Ghost Rider or The Punisher films, which were both good and bad in their own ways. Then again, I suspect that’s because Daredevil has more of a fan-base than does Ghost Rider or The Punisher.

And Ghost Rider has Nicholas Cage, so I suspect my argument is now invalid.

Who’d like to see a new Daredevil film, one that actually takes place inside the events of the Marvel film universe?

Ratchet & Clank Are Coming To A Big Screen Near You

Ratchet & Clank

I wouldn’t say that I was a gamer when I was you, but I did enjoy my video games. Twisted MetalStar Wars: Battlefront, and Syphon Filter were some of my favorite games growing up. But, I don’t think I spent more time, effort, and anger playing a game as I did playing Ratchet & Clank.

Here’s a summary of the original game, released in 2002, from the trusty ole Wikipedia:

The game follows the anthropomorphic character Ratchet meeting the robot Clank on his home planet. Clank discovers that the villainous Chairman Drek of the Blarg race plans to create a new planet for his species, destroying the galaxy in the process. Clank convinces Ratchet to help him in his quest to gain the help of the famous superhero Captain Qwark, but they soon discover that they must save the galaxy on their own.

According an article on Variety Magazine’s website, the film will be written by T.J. Fixman, a senior writer at Insomniac Games, the makers of the Ratchet & Clank series. Jericca Cleland will make her directorial debut with this film, and the original voice actors from the games will be back to play their game characters.

But, according to the article, Blockade CEO Brad Foxhoven said that the film wasn’t just going to be for the gamers. They hope to appeal to a wider audience with their story. He said:

“It’s meant for a mass audience and not just those who know the franchise,” Foxhoven said, with the film serving “almost like an origin story of sorts,” revolving around “how (the characters) came together.”

Will their plan to bring both old and new fans together with one film work? What do you think?

And, that’s about all you need to know to start your day. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and nerd news articles. Also, be sure to check out our podcast, Let Us Podcast, now on iTunes

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