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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AVENGERS INFINITY WAR

1. The Infinity Stones: Where Are They Now?

As of the release of Thor: Ragnarok (2017), five of the six Infinity Stones have surfaced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Space Stone (also known as the Tesseract) was first revealed in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), and now resides with Loki. The Mind Stone, which was housed in Loki's staff until Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and now is in the possession of Vision. The Power Stone, first seen in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), is under control of the Nova Corps. The Reality Stone (also known as the Aether) was first seen in Thor: The Dark World (2013), and was placed in the care of the Collector. With the destruction of the Collector's Vault in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), its whereabouts are unclear. The fifth and final known stone, the Time Stone (also known as the Eye of Agamotto), was revealed in Doctor Strange (2016) and is under his protection in Kamar-Taj. The whereabouts of the sixth stone, the Soul Stone, is unknown and may appear in this movie.

2. A Little Context Before You Watch the Movie 

It has been confirmed by the Russo brothers that what happened in Captain America: Civil War (2016) will still continue in this movie where the teams will still be divided. The film will conclude the Thanos and the Infinity Stones story arc, and the plot will follow the Avengers joining forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos from destroying the universe with the six Infinity Stones.

3. The Dope New Shield: Made in Wakanda

Steve Rogers wields a new shield in this film, made from Wakandan Vibranium, that splits apart into two arm guards. This is based on two different shields Rogers wielded in the comics: one shield was provided by the Black Panther, and the other split apart into two guards. The tech reflects his surroundings, apparently made of vibranium — the same rare naturally occurring meteoric ore that Black Panther’s suit is made of — which derives from the African nation. And according to the recent reveal that Shuri is the tech genius behind her brother’s superhero gadgetry, it’s pretty safe to say that Cap’s new gauntlet shield was invented by the Princess of Wakanda herself.

4. Hey Thor! How About a New Hammer!?

Having lost his hammer Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Thor constructs a new hammer in this film, known as Stormbreaker. Stormbreaker is named for the Asgardian hammer given to Thor's comrade Beta Ray Bill. It is a war hammer-ax, based on the Marvel Ultimate Mjolnir.

5. The White Wolf < The Winter Soldier

Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Bucky Barnes will go by the code name 'White Wolf' in Avengers: Infinity War, as he was referred to by the children of Wakanda in the after credit scene in Black Panther (2018). White Wolf in the comics was T'Challa's adopted brother Hunter who was the leader of Wakanda's secret police: The Hatut Zeraze.

Sources and Writing Credits - IMDB and Nerdist. (Thanks)

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Thor: The Dark World - Movie Review [Repost]

[Thought it would be cool to re-post few reviews that I wrote in the early days of my career on my old website. My writing skills were not that great back then, so, bear with me.]

Verdict - “Extremely Fun to Watch and a Decent Extension to the MCU.”

The main plot of the film circles around Dark Elf Malekith who intends to destroy the whole universe by using his unsolidified weapon Aether and to take his desired revenge against Asgard and it's civilization after being trounced by Bor (Odin's father) and his army. 

Meanwhile, Thor fears about Jane's disguise and voyages to Earth. After discovering the fact that she's been infected by Aether, Thor takes her to Asgard seeking medical help. 

After the Dark Elves invasion on Asgard, Thor decides to team up with his evil brother Loki in taking down the Dark army and also to protect the nine realms of the entire universe.

As per the amendment factor, Thor 2 is a step up in imposing visuals and enormous action sequences when to compared to it predecessor, following with the humor. But things were flat insipid at times which slightly takes you out of the experience. The comedic sequences between Darcy (Kat Dennings) and her intern were completely annoying and didn't quite mingle up with the film.

The movie did spend more time on Asgard, as we get to know further things more about its civilization and culture, consequently, the cinematography and set design are astounding and were completely gorgeous to look at. 

Commencing with his familiarity of the popular TV show Game of Thrones, Alan Taylor is in fine form here. His proficiency and vision in capturing immense action sequences worked out in a comprehensive way and shaped out the movie really well and made it a fun watch.

Chris Hemsworth's charisma and persona are captivating, at this very point his portrayal of Thor are unsurpassed and undoubtedly he's the perfect fit as Thor and cannot be easily replaced. Tom Hiddleston as Loki is the strong asset of the movie, he's extremely amazing with his sneaky look and is a complete treat to watch him teaming up with Thor and kicking some ass. Natalie Portman's character is pretty much essential and significant and she does a good job with her portrayal. 

Indeed, I've got few flaws with the movie regarding the villain's boring insubstantial character and the lack of overwhelming sequences and the additional humor in the climax was disturbing and didn't work out on the most part.

Nevertheless, Thor: The Dark World is a fun gratifying experience. The movie did have some serious weak spots but it's pleasurable vibe and stunning visuals made the movie a definite watch which you'll completely enjoy.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | -By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) 

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