Thor: The Dark World Review – That Thing You Like #35

Thor: The Dark World podcast

THOR: THE DARK WORLD isn’t just a sequel! It’s the rare sequel that isn’t as good as the original! Wait. You mean that’s actually super common? Well, your friends at THAT THING YOU LIKE are here to break down all the ways THOR 2 succeeds in spite of its boring plot by focusing on great characters. Also, Brian and Chris yell at each other about the Stuffed in a Fridge trope!

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That Thing You Like #27 – Marvel’s The Avengers / Agents of SHIELD

Marvel's The Avengers

THAT THING YOU LIKE zaps it up! We finally got around to discussing THE AVENGERS – a movie that shines a light on what big-budget blockbusters can be, entertainment-wise. If those blockbusters focus on, you know, giving memorable characters some good dialogue, treating the audience with respect and creating crowning-moments-of-awesome that they actually earn. And also focus on having Joss Whedon; that guy is just the best.

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It may seem like a silly, men-in-armor-and-tights kind of joint, but beneath all that, THE AVENGERS is actually a testament to the importance of letting real character moments drive your story. Seriously. Everybody go read some Film Crit Hulk. We talk about how Whedon manages to not just create a solid action movie using pre-established characters, but also uses their interactions to make the characters more well-rounded and funnier – and thus, more compelling overall.

We go next level on a few elements of the movie, including Whedon’s characterization of ScarJo’s Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo’s amazing take on the hulk, and then spend a little while getting prepped for the (hopefully fun) Agents of SHIELD tv show, which premieres next week. Excited for the new show? Have thoughts about Marvel’s box-office-destroying masterpiece? Let us know!

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