For an animated show about superheroes, most of the What If…? series has been really dark. It’s absolutely Marvel’s answer to The Twilight Zone and works well in that story structure. But, despite what some critics may say, Marvel rarely plays it safe. Watching this week’s episode which takes a look at a universe where Thor grew up an only child while Loki grew up as a Frost Giant started out as the studio really cutting loose with its animation by doing a story that never would have been filmed.
It turns out without Loki’s influence Thor would have grown up to be a full-blown cosmic frat boy. Partying from world to world and destroying them in the process. He’s not mean-spirited or evil, he just likes to have fun with all the power of a demigod.
The time around, instead of landing in New Mexico Thor aims the rainbow bridge for Las Vegas and literally tears up the strip with a party. Everyone is invited too. There are some deep cuts in the episode but my favorite is still the return of the always amazing Howard the Duck. Marvel really needs to just give him a series already, he deserves it.
Even better, pretty much everyone from the movies has returned to voice their animated counterparts. Where else but What if can you see Jeff Goldblum and Renee Russo in a cartoon galivanting around the universe?
This episode also gives the spotlight to Jane Foster, an element that was badly needed. Of course, this is being fixed in Thor: Love and Thunder, and one can’t help but think there might be some crossover between the show and the movie. That would be awesome.
No spoilers on this one but stay until the very end. As with most things in Marvel, everything you think you know is wrong.
Thatsmye Interviews: Les Weiler on Henchin’: the Series
The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.
The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.
Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.
The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.