The official trailer for Thor Ragnarok dropped at SDCC over the weekend and it gave me chills. Thor, Hulk, Loki, Valkyrie, Hela, mythological baddies, eek! It had me wishing I could call Dr. Strange so I could jump ahead in time, see it, then jump back so I can still enjoy summer. This Marvel fangirl is breaking down the 10 reasons to geek out over Thor Ragnarok, because I can seriously not stop geeking out.
I love the nod to the comic book origins in this one. Thor might have lost his luscious locks, but his helmet is classic. Along with Loki’s helmet and Hela’s over-the-top headdress.
Thor and Bruce Banner/Hulk
Forget the science bros, I am loving these two together.
Did I win? No I won, easily. That doesn’t sound right. Well, it’s true.
Hulk like fire, Thor like water.
I love Loki as much as the next fangirl, but I think Hela might take the crown of the most intriguing villain in the MCU. Cate Blanchett is crushing it as a super-villain, goddess of death. Hela, like Loki, is going to be one of those villains we love and hate.
The valkyrie fight scene alone will blow your mind. Fierce warriors fighting on winged horses? Shut up and take all my money.
Our favorite green, rage monster is back with a new haircut and more lines. What’s not to love? Not to mention we see Hulk take on both Fenris Wolf and Surtur, with no hesitation. Puny mythological baddies.
Fenris Wolf and Surtur
Speaking of Fenris Wolf and Surtur… excuse me while my nerd is showing. One of the reasons I adore Thor is the mythology that surrounds him. Fenris Wolf AND the fire giant Surtur in the same movie?! Someone hold me.
In the myths, Fenris Wolf is bound until Ragnarok, where he will break free and battle Odin, eventually devouring him. He’s Loki’s son and brother to Hel aka Hela. In the comics he has a similar story, with the ability to also shape-shift, along with super-human strength, smarts, speed, agility, you get the idea. Likewise, the fire giant Surtur, also comes out at Ragnarok leading his kind against the gods. On the comic side of his story, he has powers equal to Odin and is not to be messed with.
Because Loki. Everyones favorite god of mischief is back and is joining forces with Thor. They have some of the best exchanges in the MCU, gotta love that sibling banter.
If you have been keeping track, we are missing 1 of the Infinity Stones, the Soul Stone, going into Avengers Infinity War. And I think Hela has it. Did you see how she wipes out Asgard pretty easily? That definitely looks infinity stone-ish to me.
Hulk, Thor, Valkyrie, and Loki. They are ready to kick butt, take names, and look good doing it.
We hear Hela taunting Thor: What were you the god of again? She says all smug. Then it cuts, and we see lightning cracking across the sky, thunder booms, and Thor is there eyes glowing, lightning coursing through his body. He seems to be channeling the power of Mjolnir without the actual hammer. My goosebumps have goosebumps.
Bottom line: if the movie is as freaking awesome as the trailer, this is set to be the best Thor and one of the best MCU films out there.
Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters November 3rd!
I don’t know about you, but this uber Disney nerd was glued to her phone watching Twitter and FB lives for all the juicy bits coming out of D23 Expo. Although I wasn’t there in person *sad face,* I have all the Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios D23 Expo 2017 News!
**For the live action Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm panel updates go here.
Due in theaters November 22, fans were treated to a live performance of “Remember Me,” sung by Anthony Gonzalez (Miguel) and Benjamin Bratt (Ernesto de la Cruz).
Despite his family’s odd generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. One night, Miguel finds himself transported to the colorful Land of the Dead.
OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE
Opening in front of Coco in November is this all new short. Josh Gad, Olaf himself, surprised everyone with a live performance of the all-new original song “That Time of Year.”
Yes Incredibles 2!! We have been wanting a sequel to this since the original debuted. Disney Pixar is finally granting us this wish! Director Brad Bird, revealed details of the upcoming caper, which puts the family into an expanded universe that includes new allies and a brand-new villain. “‘Incredibles 2’ is really a family film, it’s just that the family happens to have super powers,” said Bird. “They may have super speed or super strength, but they experience the same problems as any family.”
Incredibles 2 is in theaters everywhere on June 15th, 2018!
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2
Fans were the first to see the global debut of a scene from the film that pays hilarious homage to the Disney Princesses. In a moment no Disney fan will forget (this one had me cheering), Auli‘i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”) were welcomed on stage for the largest gathering of Disney Princesses in history!
Ralph is leaving the arcade behind and venturing into the internet. It’s a whole new world out there, but luckily he has his friends Vanellope von Schweetz, Fix-It Felix, and Sergeant Calhoun. Along the way they meet Yesss, a new character who owns the website Buzzaholic, and knows about everything on trend.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It-Ralph 2 is in theaters November 21st, 2018!
UNTITLED DISNEYTOON STUDIOS FILM
There isn’t a whole lot of info on this one, except it will take the audience to the edge of discovery in the air, and beyond.
This movie will be in theaters April 12th, 2019. Oo right around my birthday, thanks for the gift John!
TOY STORY 4
All we know for certain is Pixar’s Josh Cooley has assumed full director responsibilities and it is slated for theaters June 21st, 2019. I know a lot of big Disney kids that have been waiting for another Toy Story film!
Slated for theaters, November 27th, 2019, Frozen 2 welcomes back Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven.
UNTITLED DAN SCANLON MOVIE
Director Dan Scanlon, who helmed Pixar’s “Monsters University,” shared a few details about an all-new original feature film currently in production. Scanlon, who lost his father at a very young age, says the film is inspired by the question he’s always asked: who was my father? The story is set in a world only elves, trolls and sprites. “In the film, we’re going to tell the story of two teenage elf brothers whose father died when they were too young to remember him. But thanks to the little magic still left in the world, the boys embark on a quest that will allow them a chance to spend one last magical day with their father.”
Which one of these films has you most excited?
Just like the Pixar and Walt Disney Animation panels, the live action panels at D23 Expo were full of surprises and things to get all the fans chomping at the bit wanting more. You *may* have heard a few cheers, squeals, and just show me the trailers!?! (looking at you Marvel Studios and Jon Favreau) if you were within a 2o mile radius of my house. Everything looks and sounds AMAZING. I have all your Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm D23 Expo 2017 News!
A WRINKLE IN TIME
When this was announced I was excited to see how Disney would bring one of my favorite books to life. The teaser is here and looks so good! The film, takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and ultimately, the triumph of love.
A Wrinkle in Time opens in theatres everywhere on March 9th, 2018!
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS
My little ballerina is stoked for this one! And just look at the cast: Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, newcomer Mackenzie Foy as Clara, Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger, Morgan Freeman as godfather Drosselmeyer, and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland.
The film largely takes place in a strange and mysterious parallel world—home to Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. But it’s the ominous Fourth Realm where Clara must take on a tyrant called Mother Ginger as well as a gang of mice who’ve stolen a coveted key from Clara.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opens in theatres everywhere on November 2nd, 2018!
MARY POPPINS RETURNS
We love, Love, LOVE the books and the first film. Seeing Mary back on the big screen is so exciting! In this original musical sequel, Mary, Emily Blunt, and her friend Jack, Lin-Manuel Miranda, an optimistic street lamplighter, embark on entirely new adventures with the next generation of the Banks family to help them find the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks, Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks, Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary’s William Weatherall Wilkins and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady and Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank.
Mary Poppins Returns to theaters everywhere on December 25th, 2018!!
The film stars Colin Farrell as Holt Farrier, a former circus star and war-veteran charged with the care of a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock of an already struggling circus. Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins were cast as Holt’s children, who discover that Dumbo can fly. Danny DeVito portrays circus owner Max Medici who tries to capitalize on the novelty. And Michael Keaton is persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere who swoops in with aerial artist Colette Marchant, portrayed by Eva Green, to make Dumbo a star.
Dumbo flies into theaters everywhere on March 29th, 2019!
THE LION KING
The. Lion. King. The first Disney movie I saw in theaters, the one I watched over and over again on V.H.S. so I had to patiently wait for it to rewind (the struggle kids), a movie I can quote word for word, my absolute favorite is being reimagined into a live action film. I heard the clip they showed at D23 looked stunning. Of course Jon Favreau did an amazing job, just look at The Jungle Book. But don’t think this makes me forgive you Jon for not releasing that footage to the public, or at least to me!
The Lion King roars into theaters everywhere on July 19th, 2019!
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
We are all anxiously awaiting December for the next Star Wars film. We were treated to a behind the scenes look at the film, and I don’t know about you but I’ve watched this quite a few times. The Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of THE FORCE AWAKENS join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
This is another one that has me casting major side-eye. I’m hoping that after SDCC Marvel Studios will release the trailer. Until then, feast your eyes on the beauty that is almost all of our favorites on stage at the same time. And at least this time, they aren’t standing on opposites sides ready to throw down.
Avengers: Infinity War opens in theaters everywhere on May 4th, 2018!
A live-action take on Disney’s 1998 feature, which will be helmed by Niki Caro (“McFarland, USA,” “Whale Rider”).
A live-action nod to the popular theme park ride. The studio is working with Dwayne Johnson, recently heard as Maui in MOANA, on the project. I just hope we get to see the 8th wonder of the world, the backside of water make its film debut.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, with Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie.
I’m just going to go ahead and need Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm to just send all these over right now! I don’t want to have patience!!
If you can pick one, which one are you most anticipating?
We spend a lot of our summer evenings relaxing with a movie. It just seems like the perfect way to end a day of fun. Especially if you are enjoying some nice A.C. while it is hot and humid outside! We take turns picking what we watch. A few nights ago my daughter picked Z Yang and Summer Camp Friends for Life, an all new American Girl movie free with Amazon Prime!
My girl assembled a few of her girls to watch this all new movie!
In the latest American Girl special, Z and her friend Paz arrive at S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Camp ready for a tech haven. Z wants to work on her videos while Paz invents things. However, the administrator of the camp, Ray surprises them all by restricting their devices. The girls believe their summer is doomed to be boring.
But things start to get a little mysterious when they meet Jordan, a super fun counselor, who oddly seems to disappear whenever anyone else is around. Is she a ghost? Where does she go?
Jordan leads the girls on an adventure to discover her secret. Along the way they learn to appreciate life without tech, the beauty around them, and the importance of making new friends.
Check out the trailer:
Have you met Z Yang?
Z is a creative young filmmaker who loves staying connected with friends and sharing her life on her vlog. Through Z, girls get to learn more about this creative young filmmaker who loves staying connected with friends and sharing a good story through her stop motion videos. My daughter loves her because she is starting to get more into writing her own movies and wanting to film them. She always is busy creating something and wants to grow up to be a filmmaker.
You can find Z and all her fun accessories plus more friends to play with at American Girl!
We received Z Yang from American Girl. All opinions are my own. Amazon Affiliate link used in this post.
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Sip your Frappuccino (see below) and other favorite Summer drinks through these cute straws.
Road Trip Ready
I don’t road trip without my favorite Frappuccino and some tasty snacks!
Starbucks Frappuccino Chilled Coffee Drink
This girl runs on caffeine. I love coffee. Enough said.
Belgian Boys Mini Cookie Stash
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Billabong Aloha Forever Trucker Hat
This redhead needs to keep her eyes and head protected from the sun. But that doesn’t mean I can’t look good while doing it!
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