Disney and Marvel are giving high-school girls ages 14 and older the chance to meet their science heroes.
In the spirit of Thor: The Dark World's super-scientist Jane Foster, the National Academy of Sciences, Underwriters Laboratories and Dolby Laboratories have teamed up with the companies to give a group of girls the chance to meet some of the most successful women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), all while their experiences are filmed for a documentary short.
With the Thor: The Dark World movie release date just around the corner on November 8, Art Asylum and Diamond Select Toys have rolled out a close look at their full line of Marvel Minimates for the film. Originally previewed at SDCC 2013, the 2" Thor 2 figures come in the usual 2-pack configurations. Thor will come with the main movie villain Malekith, Loki will be packed with Heimdall, Dr. Erik Selvig will come with a Dark Elf, and Darcy Lewis will also be packed with a Dark Elf.
Based on the Asgardian war goddess devised by comic book creators Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, Lady Sif emerged from 2011's Thor motion picture as something of a breakout character, with fans complaining that the charismatic performer Jamie Alexander didn't get enough screen time and asking that she star in a spinoff of her own. Marvel Studios seems to have listened, with early reports indicating the character's role has been beefed up in the sequel, Thor: The Dark World. In addition to her typical ass-kicking duties, Sif will supposedly become a romantic rival to whoever that earthling doctor or whatever Natalie Portman plays is. Obviously Lady Sif could win any sort of contest under literally any circumstance, so it's safe to assume Portman's character will just, like, go back to wherever they hid her in Avengers and let the third movie be about Sif and Thor punching astro-orcs and making out as space lighting crashes romantically in the distance.
Marvel's Thor: The Dark World movie arrives in theaters on November 8, and along with, Gameloft's official mobile video game version. Wanna smash things with crazy combos and exaggerated animated Mjolnir attacks? Does strutting around Jotunheim, Asgard and other realms with all kinds of allies to pop evil Dark Elves and their ilk upside the noggin sound legit? Judging form the game's new second trailer, it looks like fans will be able to do all of that and more on "smartphones and tablets" (sugguesting not just an iOS, but potentially an Android release) in the coming months. You can see the second trailer, plus several new screen shots from Gameloft's upcoming Thor: The Dark World The Official Game, after the jump.
Maybe I've been on Tumblr too long, but considering Joss Whedon and other Marvel bigwigs' remarks about the probable lack of Loki in future Marvel movies, I think it may have been a mistake not to call Thor: The Dark World "Thor 2: Look at Tom Hiddleston While you Can, Screaming Fans." That's not a diss. I genuinely worry about how many hearts might break from a lack of fresh Loki supply following The Dark World's November 8 release. Funko's got at least a little bit of a solution, though, with its upcoming rollout of Pop! Vinyl figures based on Thor, Loki and an armored Dark Elf.
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