I enjoyed the first two Thor films. Admittedly on second viewings they weren’t quite as great as I remembered them but still watchable. I enjoyed seeing Asgard, Vanaheim, the Aesir and Vanir up on the big screen but the plots were never quite the Shakespearean tragedies they were perhaps meant to be.

Ragnarok is looking like an altogether different prospect.

I’ve been tentatively excited about this since Taika Waititi was announced as director. My excitement is no longer tentative. His work is funny, charming, well observed, and not afraid to be strange and this trailer is hitting all the right notes.

I want nothing more than to see Thor exploring strange parts of a weird universe populated by the cast of a Star Wars/Flash Gordon mash-up universe cracking jokes while Led Zeppelin blares out.

November feels a long way off (even with the plethora of superhero films coming out between now and then). To fill the gap you should (whether you’ve seen them already or not) watch What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Or for something a little more informative (though likely completely unrelated to the plot of the next Thor film) you could learn a little more about Ragnarok from everyone’s favourite Cowboy Viking.


Umbrakinesis for beginner

Umbrakinesis (mental manipulation of darkness) was going to be my word of the day*, then I found that I too could learn umbrakinesis!

It appears the Psion Nation forums have not a hint of irony. I don’t even know which parts to quote.

Umbrakinesis is the manipulation of shadow by a means of emittion of a repulsive field and manipulation of obverse from individual, when this repulsion is induced the dispersal of light dims the area to shadow

Psionics as your trying to teach here will simply not work. As very confident Umbrakinesis user after testing your technique I did not see any signs of Umbrakinesis here.

[M]y master said this is a very basic tech to master umbrakinesis, at least that was what i remembered from my past life…

I need to stop browsing these forums.

Want to know if you could combine your aerokinesis, telekinesis, pyrokinesis and even gyrokinesis to fly?

I, for one, have not achieved flight YET, however it is possible.

Want to start learning cryokinesis? Practice by putting your fingers in a bowl of lukewarm water for 5-10 minutes a day and concentrate on making it get cooler. Once you get good enough:

it is easy to create “armor” and aetherial “shields” around your body to protect from slashes from aetherial weapons

And let’s give some love to geokinesis:

…people will usually try telekinesis on rocks and try to call it geokinesis

Full disclosure: it would be totes awesome to be an earth-bender.

* I just finished the God Butcher/God Bomb arc of Thor: God of Thunder, the villain has said power

Comics Film

Age of Ultron

How many times have I posted about Avengers recently? Lots. But I don’t care. I am SO EXCITED.

Comics Illustration



By Craig Cermack.


Secret Thors

I’ll probably do a longer post at the weekend about Secret Wars, how awesome New Avengers has been, what I think about ‘the end of the Marvel Universe’ and whatnot at the weekend but for now we should revel in how awesome this cover is:


Is Alex Ross the best? I think he might be the best.