Thor: The Dark World arrives on Blu-ray (and every other form of home video) next week, but for hardcore Marvel movie fans the hook isn't just getting access to Asgard on-demand, it's the all-new All Hail the King short the release includes starring Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin/Trevor. In anticipation of the universe-expanding material, Marvel Studios has released one more clip of Kingsley depicting Trevor during his post Iron Man 3 stay in prison. You can check it out after the cut.
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If you caught Thor: The Dark World in theaters a few months back, you know there's a scene in which Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, briefly transforms into Chris Evans' Captain America. It's a funny scene.
For filmmaking purposes we're not entirely privy to, other than maybe Hiddleston just wanted to wear a Captain America costume, the scene was originally shot with Loki's actor rather than Steve Rogers'. So get ready, Tumblr. You're about to see some magic.
Outside of one Samuel L. Jackson appearance as Nick Fury back in the TV show's second episode and Cobie Smulders popping up as Maria Hill, fans of Marvel's movie characters haven't seen a lot of cameos on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Good news for Tom Hiddleston fans: Hot Toys has announced a 1/6 scale collectible figure of Loki from Thor: The Dark World in all its Hiddleston-y glory. As usual, the likeness and clothing looks spot-on -- like it was 3D printed by Dwarven blacksmiths (that's how they do it on movie Asgard, right?). This is the second version of the character from Hot Toys following a version from The Avengers movie, which has long since been in short supply or outright sold out.
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The secret project Sir Ben Kingsley was working with Marvel Entertainment to produce has finally been revealed: It's a 14-minute short film (or as Marvel calls them, "One-Shots") focusing on what happened to The Mandarin in the aftermath of Iron Man 3.
The film, written and directed by Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce, will be titled "All Hail the King" and be included in the Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray, which is set to come out February 25. Check out a handful of screenshots from the One-Shot after the jump!
Confession: we have no idea what the holiday season is like in Asgard. Fortunately, we now have evidence that they fully embrace the holiday spirit in the best possible way. Jaimie Alexander, who plays Sif in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, made a surprise visit to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and spent time with some of the kids there, many of whom won't be able to spend Thanksgiving at home. Dressed in full Sif regalia, Alexander brought gifts, signed autographs and took pictures with the kids as they held her sword and shield.
If, like us, you were already of the opinion that both Thor films could use a lot more Sif screen time, this is just one more reason to appreciate both the character and the actress. You can check out a bunch of pictures from Alexander's visit below, and if you'd like to help these kids, head to the Children’s Hospital website. You can also participate in the Conan O’Brien hosted Crowdrise Celebrity Holiday Challenge.
What is it about former Star Trek actors that brings out the best in Marvel's Agents of SHIELD? Until this week I'd say the series' strongest episode was 1.05, "Eye-Spy," directed by Star Trek: Voyager's Roxann Biggs, aka B'Elanna Torres.
This week's episode was directed by Jonathan Frakes -- Star Trek: The Next Generation's William Riker -- and it was the new best episode of the series so far. More than that; it was the first episode I'd actually feel comfortable recommending to friends who gave up on the show after the lackluster pilot. (Or the lackluster second episode, or the lackluster third episode.)