Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Thor” No Bore: $86.1 Mil US, $327Mil Worldwide–Could Loki Get His Own Movie?


“Thor: The Dark World” didn’t hit that $90mil mark in the US this weekend, but its take was good enough. The hammer swinger took in $86.1 million here, and now has a worldwide total of $327 million. Ray Subers of thinks that Marvel fans flocked to “Thor 2” as a kind of sequel to “The Avengers.” He may have a point. But it also did $15 mil more than the first “Thor” from two years ago.

The main point, I guess, is that Marvel has all its movies working on all fronts– The X Men and Wolverine series, Spider Man, Iron Man, Captain America, and The Avengers. They are all cross referenced through the studios that release them, too. The unexpected “Easter eggs” and flash forward teasers also make the movies must-see right away. You literally have to sit through all of “Thor 2” and some of its credits to get future info. That’s cool.

Of course one element of “The Dark World” popularity–besides Chris Hemsworth and Sir Anthony Hopkins–is Brit thespian Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Now the drum beats begin for a solo Loki movie and story. Is this possible? I don’t think so. (Sorry!) Loki is a snarky villain. It would be fairly difficult for him to carry a whole movie on his own. He certainly can’t be turned into a hero. So a new hero would have to emerge. And then the whole formula would be turned inside out.

For the same reason Catwoman’s movie was a misfire, Loki’s would be too. But let him wander through the Marvel universe, causing trouble wherever he goes. He’d be welcome anywhere. But The Joker and the Riddler didn’t get movies in the DC world, and plenty of other villains have been very happy to remain troublemakers where they’re needed.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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