Good news; Marvel is launching a new ongoing series with an LGBT lead character. Loki: Agent of Asgard debuts in February from the creative team of writer Al Ewing and artist Lee Garbett, and Ewing confirmed via Tumblr that the lead character will not only be portrayed as bisexual --but be able to change gender. Bad news; Loki is not exactly a good guy. He's a trickster, a manipulator, a supervillain. He's also the second bisexual male to get his own ongoing book at Marvel, and here's the problem; the other one was Daken, son of Wolverine, and he was also a trickster, a manipulator and a supervillain.
If you boiled down Marvel's movies to a basic formula, the first Thor film would be a perfect example of it. It's got some decent superhero action, a lot of shoehorned-in S.H.I.E.L.D. stuff, and one huge feather in its cap: A sense of humor about itself and its characters.
Luckily, the new sequel, Thor: The Dark World, is like its predecessor in that it's not afraid to include some levity. As long as that keeps up, it's a jaunty, enjoyable flick. It's only when the movie gets capital-s Serious -- and luckily that's not too often -- that it gets into some trouble.
Tom Hiddleston, a.k.a. Loki in Marvel's The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World, is in a new guest spot on Sesame Street, in which he teaches Cookie Monster an ever important lesson about delayed gratification by being withholding with a plate of cookies, because showing Cookie Monster a plate of cookies and not immediately giving him one is pretty much the most Loki thing you can do. "I just made the correlation between your name and what I'm about to eat," says Hiddleston. Do not trust a word he says, Cookie Monster. He is the god of lies.
You gotta give the fans what they want.
And when it comes to the Asgard of Marvel's Cinematic Universe fans want Tom Hiddleston's Loki. Perhaps as a salve to fans begrudged by the news that Hiddleston won't be appearing in Joss Whedon's Avengers: The Age of Ultron, director Alan Taylor is shooting additional scenes for Thor: The Dark World prominently featuring everyone's favorite trickster god.
Marvel Entertainment closed out day three of Comic-Con with their highly anticipated 'Marvel Studios: Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.' Hosted by Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige, the panel started out with Tom Hiddleston coming out and going into his Loki character to entertain the crowd, was followed by the cast of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film joining Feige on stage as they debuted footage from the film, and closed out with Joss Whedon coming out to make Marvel's biggest announcement of this year's SDCC: the sequel to last year's phenomenally successful Avengers film will be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron, meaning the villain will be the powerful android with close ties to the Avengers who's tormented the team for decades.
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"Crikey" was all comics writer Kieron Gillen could say when confronted with what's surely one of the most enthusiastic fan letters he's ever received in this week's final issue of his run on Journey Into Mystery. Effusive praise and camaraderie was transmitted by none ot
Although it seemed like a foregone conclusion, it's still cool to get official word that Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, the stars of Marvel Studios' forthcoming feature film Thor, will reprise their respective roles as Thor and Loki in SEGA's Thor: God of Thunder video game. On sale in spring 2011 and featur