Don Payne (writer)
William Donald "Don" Payne was an American writer and producer. He wrote several episodes of The Simpsons after 2000, many of these with John Frink, whom he met while studying at the University of California, Los Angeles; the duo began their careers writing for Gloria. Payne moved into writing feature films, including My Super Ex-Girlfriend, co-wrote Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and its sequel Thor: The Dark World. Payne died from bone cancer in March 2013. Payne was born William Donald Payne on May 5, 1964 in North Carolina, United States, he attended New Hanover High School, graduating in 1982. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill transferred to and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a master's degree in screenwriting. Payne taught the course, he began his career as a writer for several sitcoms together with his writing partner at the time, John Frink. The two met at UCLA. Payne has said to the website TheFutonCritic.com that "one day we were both trying to write individually so I said,'why don't we pool our resources and write together and see what happens?'"
In 2006, Payne told the Los Angeles Times that "I hooked up with a writing partner, John Frink, out of college. I wanted to do films, he wanted to do television." The pair reached the agreement that they would pursue a career in the medium that they first got a job offer in—whether it be film or television. They ended up writing for television sitcoms such as Hope and Gloria, Men Behaving Badly and The Brian Benben Show; these sitcoms were short-lived and Payne has deemed them as failures. Payne and Frink joined the writing staff of the animated sitcom The Simpsons in 1998. "Treehouse of Horror XI", another 2000 episode they wrote, was broadcast earlier than "Insane Clown Poppy", but was produced after. Payne said in an interview with TV Squad in 2006 that "My partner and I were working on one of a long string of failed sitcoms On the day a show is cancelled, it's kind of a tradition for the writing staff to go out to a restaurant, eat a nice meal, drown their sorrows. On the way there, a writer named Jace Richdale told my partner and me that The Simpsons was looking for some writers.
He wanted to know. My jaw dropped. So he contacted the show-runner, a guy named Mike Scully, who read our spec script and met with us hired us on."After a few years of working on The Simpsons together and Payne's writing partnership ended. They both continued to work on the show individually and Payne has described their split-up as amicable. Payne shared four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program for his work on The Simpsons and won the Paul Selvin Award from the Writers Guild of America for writing the 2005 episode "Fraudcast News", he and Frink had been nominated for a WGA Award for Animation in 2003, for the episode "The Bart Wants What It Wants". Payne wrote or co-wrote 16 episodes of the show and worked as a producer on over 100. Payne moved into writing feature films, as he had earlier desired, though continued to work on The Simpsons twice a week as a consulting producer, he wrote My Super Ex-Girlfriend, co-wrote Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Thor: The Dark World.
He was attached to write Maximum Ride in 2013. My Super Ex-Girlfriend was his first feature film, he said in an interview with the website Cinematical. That's. I started writing with John Frink when I was in college at UCLA, he wanted to do TV, that's where we got our first break. But my goal was always to write movies, and I've been a comic book geek from way back. So this romantic comedy with a superhero twist was a fitting first feature for me." Payne had a daughter with his wife Julie. He had a brother, a sister, Suzanne. Payne died from bone cancer at his home in Los Angeles on March 26, 2013, aged 48; the Simpsons' showrunner Al Jean stated: "Don was a wonderful writer and an more wonderful man. He was beloved in the ‘Simpsons’ community and his untimely passing is terrible news to us all."The movie Thor: The Dark World, which he co-wrote, is dedicated to his memory, as is his final episode of The Simpsons, "White Christmas Blues". "Treehouse of Horror XI" "Insane Clown Poppy" "Bye Bye Nerdie" "Simpsons Tall Tales" "Treehouse of Horror XII" "The Bart Wants What It Wants" "The Great Louse Detective" "Old Yeller Belly" "The Wandering Juvie" "Fraudcast News" "Thank God It's Doomsday" "Simpsons Christmas Stories" "Little Big Girl" "Love, Springfieldian Style" "Take My Life, Please" "Thursdays with Abie" "Labor Pains" "White Christmas Blues
Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011's Thor and 2013's Thor: The Dark World, is the seventeenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the film is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and the writing team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor alongside Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins. In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor must escape the alien planet Sakaar in time to save Asgard from Hela and the impending Ragnarök. A third Thor film was confirmed in January 2014, with Kyle and Yost beginning work on the screenplay; the involvement of Hemsworth and Hiddleston was announced that October. Waititi joined the film as director a year after Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor chose not to return. Ruffalo joined the cast reprising the role of Hulk from previous MCU films, which allowed elements of the 2006 comic storyline "Planet Hulk" to be adapted for Ragnarok.
The rest of the cast, including Blanchett as Hela, was confirmed in May 2016, with Pearson's involvement revealed at the start of filming that July. Principal photography took place in Brisbane and Sydney, with the film having exclusive use of Village Roadshow Studios in Oxenford, concluding in October 2016. Thor: Ragnarok premiered in Los Angeles on October 10, 2017, was released in the United States on November 3, in 3D, IMAX, IMAX 3D; the film was a critical success, receiving praise for its acting and Waititi's direction, as well as the action sequences and musical score, with many critics considering it to be the best installment of the Thor trilogy. It grossed $854 million, becoming the highest-grossing film of the trilogy and the ninth-highest-grossing film of 2017. Two years after the battle of Sokovia, Thor is imprisoned by the fire demon Surtur, who reveals that Thor's father Odin is no longer on Asgard, he explains that the realm will soon be destroyed during the prophesied Ragnarök, once Surtur unites his crown with the Eternal Flame that burns in Odin's vault.
Thor defeats Surtur and takes his crown, believing he has prevented Ragnarök. Thor returns to Asgard to find his brother Loki posing as Odin. After exposing Loki, Thor forces him to help find their father, with directions from Stephen Strange on Earth, they locate Odin in Norway. Odin explains that he is dying and Ragnarök is imminent despite Thor's efforts to prevent it, he reveals his passing will allow his firstborn child, Hela, to escape from a prison she was sealed in long ago. Hela was the leader of Asgard's armies, conquering the Nine Realms with Odin, but Odin imprisoned her and wrote her out of history after he feared that she had become too ambitious and powerful. Odin dies as Thor and Loki watch on, Hela appears, destroying Thor's hammer Mjolnir, she pursues. Arriving in Asgard, she kills the Warriors Three, she resurrects the ancient dead who once fought with her, including her giant wolf Fenris, appoints the Asgardian Skurge as her executioner. Hela plans to use the Bifröst to expand Asgard's empire, but Heimdall sneaks in, takes the sword that controls the Bridge and begins hiding other Asgardians.
Thor crash-lands on a garbage planet surrounded by wormholes. A slave trader designated Scrapper 142 subdues him with an obedience disk and sells him as a gladiator to Sakaar's ruler, the Grandmaster, with whom Loki has ingratiated himself. Thor recognizes 142 as one of the Valkyrior, a legendary force of female warriors who were killed fighting Hela eons ago. Thor is forced to compete in the Grandmaster's Contest of Champions. Summoning lightning, Thor gets the upper hand, but the Grandmaster sabotages the fight to ensure Hulk's victory. Still enslaved after the fight, Thor attempts to convince Hulk and 142 to help him save Asgard, but neither is willing, he soon finds the Quinjet that brought Hulk to Sakaar. Hulk follows Thor to the Quinjet, where a recording of Natasha Romanoff causes him to transform back into Bruce Banner for the first time since Sokovia; the Grandmaster orders 142 and Loki to find Thor and Hulk, but the pair come to blows and Loki forces her to relive the deaths of her fellow Valkyrior at the hands of Hela.
Deciding to help Thor, she takes Loki captive. Unwilling to be left behind, Loki provides the group with the means to steal one of the Grandmaster's ships, they liberate the other gladiators who, led by two aliens named Korg and Miek, stage a revolution. Loki again attempts to betray his brother, but Thor anticipates this and leaves him behind, where Korg and the gladiators soon find him. Thor, 142 escape through a wormhole to Asgard, where Hela's forces are attacking Heimdall and the remaining Asgardians in pursuit of the sword that controls the Bifröst. Banner transforms into Hulk again, defeating Fenris, while Thor and her warriors. Loki and the gladiators arrive to rescue the citizens, a repentant Skurge sacrifices himself to enable their escape. Thor, facing Hela, loses his right eye and has a vision of Odin that helps him realize only Ragnarök can stop her, he sends Loki to place it in the Eternal Flame. Surtur is destroys Asgard, killing Hela. Aboard the Grandmaster's spaceship, now king, decides to take his people to Earth.
In a mid-credits scene, they are intercepted by a large spacecraft. In a post-credits scene, the overthrown Grandmaster is confront
Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an American media franchise and shared universe, centered on a series of superhero films, independently produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters that appear in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The franchise has expanded to include comic books, short films, television series, digital series; the shared universe, much like the original Marvel Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings and characters. Phil Coulson, portrayed by Clark Gregg, is an original character to the MCU and the only character to appear across all its different media; the first film released in the MCU was Iron Man, which began the first phase of films culminating in the crossover film Marvel's The Avengers. Phase Two began with Iron Man 3, concluded with Ant-Man; the MCU is in Phase Three, which began with the release of Captain America: Civil War and is set to conclude with Avengers: Endgame. The first three phases are collectively known as The Infinity Saga.
Phase Four will begin with the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Marvel Television expanded the universe further, first to network television with Marvel's Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. On ABC in the 2013–14 television season, followed by online streaming with Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix in 2015 and Marvel's Runaways on Hulu in 2017, to cable television with Marvel's Cloak & Dagger on Freeform in 2018. Marvel Television has produced the digital series Marvel's Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D.: Slingshot, a supplement to Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. Soundtrack albums have been released for all of the films, along with many of the television series, as well as the release of compilation albums containing existing music heard in the films; the MCU includes tie-in comics published by Marvel Comics, while Marvel Studios has produced a series of direct-to-video short films and a viral marketing campaign for its films and the universe with the faux news program WHIH Newsfront. The franchise has been commercially successful as a multimedia shared universe, though some critics have found that some of its films and television series have suffered in service of the wider universe.
It has inspired other film and television studios with comic book character adaptation rights to attempt to create similar shared universes. The MCU has been the focus of other media, outside of the shared universe, including attractions at various Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, an attraction at Discovery Times Square, a Queensland Gallery of Modern Art exhibit, two television specials, guidebooks for each film, multiple tie-in video games, commercials. By 2005, Marvel Entertainment began planning to independently produce its own films and distribute them through Paramount Pictures. Marvel had co-produced several superhero films with Columbia Pictures, New Line Cinema and others, including a seven-year development deal with 20th Century Fox. Marvel made little profit from its licensing deals with other studios and wanted to get more money out of its films while maintaining artistic control of the projects and distribution. Avi Arad, head of Marvel's film division, was pleased with Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films at Sony, but was less pleased about others.
As a result, they decided to form Marvel Studios, Hollywood's first major independent movie studio since DreamWorks. Arad's second-in-command, Kevin Feige, realized that unlike Spider-Man and the X-Men, whose film rights were licensed to Sony and Fox Marvel still owned the rights to the core members of the Avengers. Feige, a self-professed "fanboy", envisioned creating a shared universe just as creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had done with their comic books in the early 1960s. To raise capital, the studio secured funding from a seven-year, $525 million revolving credit facility with Merrill Lynch. Marvel's plan was to release individual films for their main characters and merge them in a crossover film. Arad, who doubted the strategy yet insisted that it was his reputation that helped secure the initial financing, resigned the following year. In 2007, at 33 years old, Feige was named studio chief. In order to preserve its artistic integrity, Marvel Studios formed a creative committee of six people familiar with its comic book lore: Feige, Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'Esposito, Marvel Comics' president of publishing Dan Buckley, Marvel's chief creative officer Joe Quesada, writer Brian Michael Bendis, Marvel Entertainment president Alan Fine, who oversaw the committee.
Feige referred to the shared narrative continuity of these films as the "Marvel Cinema Universe", but used the term "Marvel Cinematic Universe". Since the franchise expanded to other media, this phrase has been used by some to refer to the feature films only. Marvel has designated the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Earth-199999 within the continuity of the company's multiverse, a collection of fictional alternate universes. In November 2013, Feige said that "in an ideal world" releases each year would include one film based on an existing character and one featuring a new character, saying it's "a nice rhythm" in that format. While not always the case, as evident by the 2013 releases of Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, he said it is "certainly something to aim for". Feige expanded on this in July 2014, saying, "I don't know that we'll keep to every year, but we're doing that in 2014 and 2015, so I think it would be fun to continue that sort of thing". In February 2014, Feige stated that Marvel Studios wants to mimic the "rhythm" that the comic books have developed, by having the characters appear in their own films, come together, much like "a big event or crossover series," with
The Infinity Gems are six gems appearing in Marvel Comics. The six gems are the Mind, Reality, Soul and Time Gems. In storylines and other media, a seventh gem has been included; the Gems have been used by various characters in the Marvel Universe. The Gems play a prominent role in the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where they are referred to as the Infinity Stones; the first appearance of an Infinity Gem occurred in 1972 in Marvel Premiere #1. It was called a "Soul Gem". In 1976, a second "Soul Gem" appeared in a Captain Marvel story which established that there were six Soul Gems, each with different powers. One year two more "Soul Gems" were introduced in a Warlock crossover involving Spider-Man; the full set of six Gems appeared when the death-obsessed villain Thanos attempted to use them to extinguish every star in the universe. In a 1988 storyline in Silver Surfer vol. 3, the Elders of the Universe tried to use the "Soul Gems" to steal the energy of the world-eating entity Galactus.
In the 1990 limited series The Thanos Quest, Thanos refers to the entire set as "Infinity Gems" for the first time. In this storyline, he steals the Gems for the second time and reveals the Gems to be the last remains of an omnipotent being. Thanos places all six gems within a gauntlet. In the miniseries The Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos uses the Gems to become nearly omnipotent and kills half the universe's population as a gift to his love, the cosmic embodiment of Death. Although he repels an attack by Earth's heroes and other cosmic entities, the Gauntlet is stolen from him by Nebula, who undoes his mass killings. Adam Warlock recovers the Gauntlet and divides the Gems among a group he calls "the Infinity Watch", consisting of himself, the superheroes Gamora, Pip the Troll, Drax the Destroyer and his former adversary Thanos; the group's adventures in defending the Gems appear in the Infinity Watch. The Gems are next gathered by Warlock's evil alter ego, the Magus, in the 1992 limited series The Infinity War, where he is defeated by Warlock and Earth's heroes.
In the 1993 limited series The Infinity Crusade, the Goddess attempts to destroy evil in the universe by destroying free will. The Gems are once again retrieved by the Infinity Watch. In a story arc of the Thanos series, Galactus gathers the six Gems but accidentally allows an interdimensional entity named Hunger access to the Marvel universe. Thanos and Galactus banish the entity and the Gems are scattered again with the exception of the Soul Gem, which Thanos retains for its customary custodian Adam Warlock. In New Avengers: Illuminati, a 2007–2008 limited series, a cabal of Earth's heroes gather the Gems and attempt to wish them out of existence but discover that they must exist as part of the cosmic balance. Instead, the Illuminati hide the Gems. In a 2010 Avengers storyline, the human criminal known as the Hood steals several Gems but is defeated by use of the remaining Gems; the Illuminati wield the Gems to stop another universe from collapsing into their own but the Gems are shattered by the effort.
Afterwards, the vanished Time Gem appears to Captain America and some of the Avengers and transports them into future realities, shattering time in the process. As a result of the Incursions, the entire Multiverse is destroyed. However, Doctor Doom combines fragments of several alternate realities into Battleworld. Doctor Strange gathers Infinity Gems from various realities into a new Infinity Gauntlet, which he leaves hidden until the surviving heroes of Earth-616 return; the Gauntlet is subsequently claimed by T'Challa, who uses it to keep the Beyonder-enhanced Doom occupied until Mister Fantastic can disrupt his power source. Following the recreation of the Multiverse, the Infinity Gems are recreated and scattered across the universe, with their colors switched and some taking on uncut ingot forms. In Marvel Legacy #1, the Space Stone appears on Earth where a Frost Giant working for Loki steals it from a S. H. I. E. L. D. Storage facility, however he is defeated by a resurrected Wolverine. Star-Lord discovers an extra-large Power Stone being protected by the Nova Corps, an alternate universe Peter Quill named Starkill has the Reality Stone.
A future version of Ghost Rider is revealed to possess a shard of the Time Stone, while in the present the complete stone restores the ruined planet of Sakaar and is claimed by the Super-Skrull. The Mind Stone is found on Earth in the hands of petty crook Turk Barrett, the Soul Stone is mentioned to Adam Warlock to be in the hands of his dark aspect, the Magus; the Stones are shown to have a pocket universe existing within each of them. Adam Warlock uses the Soul Stone to grant sentience to each of the Stones, which travel the universe, finding a suitable host and bonding with them; each Gem is shaped like a small oval and is named after, represents, a different characteristic of existence. Possessing any single Gem grants the user the ability to command whatever aspect of existence the Gem represents; the Gems are not immutable. For instance, on two occasions, one or more of the Gems have appeared as deep pink spheres several feet in diameter, while on other occasions, the Gems have appeared in their small oval shape but with different coloring..
In the Ultraverse, after merging i
The Avengers (2012 film)
Marvel's The Avengers, or The Avengers, is a 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sixth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the film was written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner as the titular Avengers team, alongside Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson. In the film, Nick Fury, director of the spy agency S. H. I. E. L. D. Recruits Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, Thor to form a team that must stop Thor's brother Loki from subjugating Earth; the film's development began when Marvel Studios received a loan from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release.
Whedon rewrote the original screenplay by Zak Penn.. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, in August and New York City in September; the film was converted to 3D in post-production. The Avengers premiered on April 11, 2012, at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre and was released in the United States on May 4, 2012; the film received positive reviews from critics for its screenplay, acting, musical score, action sequences, sound, as well as numerous awards and nominations including Academy Award and BAFTA nominations for achievements in visual effects. It set or tied numerous box office records, including the biggest opening weekend in the United States and Canada; the Avengers grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide and became the third-highest-grossing film of all time, as well as the highest-grossing film of 2012. It is the first Marvel production to generate $1 billion in ticket sales. In 2017, it was featured as one of the 100 greatest films of all time in Empire magazine's poll of The 100 Greatest Movies.
Two sequels, titled Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War, were released in May 2015 and April 2018 while Avengers: Endgame is scheduled for release in April 2019. The Asgardian Loki encounters the Other, the leader of an extraterrestrial race known as the Chitauri. In exchange for retrieving the Tesseract, a powerful energy source of unknown potential, the Other promises Loki an army with which he can subjugate Earth. Nick Fury, director of the espionage agency S. H. I. E. L. D. and his lieutenant Agent Maria Hill arrive at a remote research facility during an evacuation, where physicist Dr. Erik Selvig is leading a research team experimenting on the Tesseract. Agent Phil Coulson explains; the Tesseract activates and opens a wormhole, allowing Loki to reach Earth. Loki takes the Tesseract and uses his scepter to enslave Selvig and a few other agents, including Clint Barton, to aid him in his getaway. In response to the attack, Fury reactivates the "Avengers Initiative". Agent Natasha Romanoff is sent to Calcutta to recruit Dr. Bruce Banner to trace the Tesseract through its gamma radiation emissions.
Coulson visits Tony Stark to have him review Selvig's research, Fury approaches Steve Rogers with an assignment to retrieve the Tesseract. In Stuttgart, Barton steals iridium needed to stabilize the Tesseract's power while Loki causes a distraction, leading to a brief confrontation with Rogers and Romanoff that ends with Loki's surrender. While Loki is being escorted to S. H. I. E. L. D. Thor, his adoptive brother and frees him, hoping to convince him to abandon his plan and return to Asgard. After a confrontation with Stark and Rogers, Thor agrees to take Loki to S. H. I. E. L. D.'s flying the Helicarrier. Upon arrival, Loki is imprisoned while Stark attempt to locate the Tesseract; the Avengers become divided, both over how to approach Loki and the revelation that S. H. I. E. L. D. Plans to harness the Tesseract to develop weapons as a deterrent against hostile extraterrestrials; as the group argues and Loki's other possessed agents attack the Helicarrier, disabling one of its engines in flight and causing Banner to transform into the Hulk.
Stark and Rogers work to restart the damaged engine, Thor attempts to stop the Hulk's rampage. Romanoff reluctantly fights Barton, knocks him unconscious, breaking Loki's mind control. Loki escapes after killing Coulson and ejecting Thor from the airship, while the Hulk falls to the ground after attacking a S. H. I. E. L. D. Fighter jet. Fury uses Coulson's death to motivate the Avengers into working as a team. Stark and Rogers realize that for Loki defeating them will not be enough. Loki uses the Tesseract, in conjunction with a device Selvig built, to open a wormhole above Stark Tower to the Chitauri fleet in space, launching his invasion. Rogers, Romanoff and Thor rally in defense of New York City, the wormhole's location. Banner arrives and transforms into the Hulk, together the Avengers battle the Chitauri while evacuating civilians; the Hulk beats him into submission. Romanoff makes her way to the wormhole generator, where Selvig, freed from Loki's mind control, reveals that Loki's scepter can be used to shut down the generator.
Meanwhile, Fury's superiors from the World Security Council attempt to end the invasion by launching a nuclear missile at Midtown Manhattan. Stark intercepts the missile and takes i
Jane Foster (comics)
Jane Foster is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, most depicted as a supporting character of the superhero Thor Odinson. Created by writers Stan Lee and Larry Lieber, artist Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in Journey into Mystery #84. For many years, Foster was a nurse employed by Dr. Donald Blake, Thor's first mortal host, before becoming a doctor herself. In a 2014 storyline, Foster is revealed to be deemed worthy to wield Thor's hammer Mjolnir when the former is no longer able. During this temporary period, she adopts the name Thor, the Goddess of Thunder, joins the Avengers; this storyline ends with the character sacrificing her life to defeat a dangerous adversary, the reverting of the mantle Thor to its original bearer. Jane Foster has appeared in various media adaptations of Thor, including the 2011 feature film Thor and the 2013 sequel Thor: The Dark World, in which she is portrayed by Natalie Portman, she is referenced with photos or in dialogue in The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok, episodes of the television series Marvel's Agents of S.
H. I. E. L. D.. Jane Foster first appeared in Journey into Mystery #84, was created by plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber and penciler Jack Kirby. Named "Jane Nelson" in her first two appearances, she went on to appear as the love interest of Dr. Donald Blake, the secret identity of the Norse god superhero Thor, in nearly every issue through #136 of the title, by renamed Thor. In October 2014, the fourth volume of Thor by Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman debuted that featured a female character in the role of Thor after the classic hero is no longer able to wield Mjolnir. Aaron stated, "This is not She-Thor; this is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita; this is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe, but it’s unlike any Thor we’ve seen before." In March 2015, Marvel announced that this Thor will join the Avengers in All-New All-Different Avengers FCBD, which takes place in the aftermath of the "Secret Wars" storyline. In Thor vol. 4, #8, the identity of the female was revealed to be Jane Foster.
Aaron said, "It grew out of the idea of the previous Thor becoming unworthy, something I was always building toward. I liked the idea of dealing with his worthiness and the idea of what it means for a god to be worthy in the Marvel universe. You know, the god of thunder waking up every morning and looking at the hammer and not knowing if he’s gonna be worthy to lift it. Of course, one day he should wake up and not be able to lift it; that opened the door for someone else to carry it around in his place. The only character, discussed was Jane." A second volume of The Mighty Thor by Aaron and Dauterman and again starring Jane Foster as Thor is scheduled to debut following the conclusion of "Secret Wars", as part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel initiative. Jane Nelson, known by her more common name of Jane Foster, was a nurse for Dr. Donald Blake developing feelings for him and Thor, not knowing that they were one and the same; the love triangle went on for a while until Thor revealed his secret identity to Foster, which caused Odin to punish him though he was forgiven after saving Asgard, in return Thor took her to Asgard with him.
There, Foster was granted immortality and the power of gods, until she failed to pass the tests of courage set forth by Odin when she showed fear battling the monstrous Unknown. Odin strips Foster of her new powers and returns her to Earth, with no memory of Thor or her time in Asgard, where she meets her new love Dr. Keith Kincaid, who resembles Blake. Meanwhile, in Asgard Odin reunites Thor with his childhood love, Sif. Foster and Thor remain separated for some time until Thor learns Foster had been manipulated into attempting suicide by an entity known as Fear and rushes to her hospital bedside. Sif, saves Foster's life by merging their life-forces, they soon are separated and Foster is exiled to a pocket dimension. Thor and Sif rescue Foster and return her to Earth, where she marries Dr. Keith Kincaid. Foster appears again in the second Thor volume. Unbeknownst to her and Thor have become merged, which creates many conflicts. In one instance, Olsen ignores medical orders and utilizes Thor's knowledge to perform a complicated procedure on a critically ill man.
Foster becomes involved in a police case against Olsen, accused of stealing drugs. She examines Jack Monroe, who stated that he sought her out due to her familiarity with superhuman patients, she informed Monroe that he was dying due to the effects of the Super-Soldier Serum he had ingested as a youth. During the 2006 "Civil War" storyline Foster takes Captain America's side against the registration act and joins his resistance group, the Secret Avengers, she operates from SHIELD safe-house number 23. She is seen in issue 4, helping to assist a beaten Spider-Man. Shortly after divorcing her husband and subsequently losing custody of her child, Jimmy Kincaid, Foster hears rumors of the return of Dr. Donald Blake and Thor. Blake soon visits Foster at her work in a New York City hospital in search of Sif, whose spirit Blake mistakenly thought had been reborn in Foster since their spirits had been merged once before. Foster and Blake go on a date after an turbulent reuniting. Foster discovers that Sif's spirit had been reborn in the body of a dying elderly cancer patient, under her care.
She alerts Blake and Thor manages to restore Si
Lego Marvel's Avengers
Lego Marvel's Avengers is a Lego-themed action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Macintosh and Microsoft Windows, it is the spin-off to Lego Marvel Super Heroes and the second installment of the Lego Marvel franchise. It follows the plots of both The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as Captain America: The First Avenger, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier; the game features characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as characters from comic books. Characters include Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Loki, Winter Soldier, Falcon and War Machine and some lesser known characters such as Devil Dinosaur and Fin Fang Foom, it includes the characters of the Avengers team along with many others. The game was released on 26 January 2016. Gameplay is similar to LEGO's long running series of franchise video games, with a focus on puzzle solving interspersed with action.
Players have to solve puzzles spread across the game environment, such as figuring out how to move a particular truck, blocking their progression. As always, the game has its own unique quirks, for instance taking advantage of its large character library in areas that require two specific characters to team up in order to proceed. Boss battles take the form of puzzles requiring careful timing. While action and fighting are spread liberally throughout the game, it is kept child-friendly as per LEGO custom; the game features New York City as the main large open-world hub, but for the first time, includes a dozen other movie significant areas players can travel to, including Asgard, South Africa, The Helicarrier, the Bartons' farm, Washington DC and Sokovia. These hubs feature heavy playability, with hundreds of side quests and bonus levels such as rescuing citizens in trouble and more; the main story takes up a small fraction of the game's total "completion". Whilst the game's story is predominantly focused on the two Avengers films there are single levels based on Captain America: The First Avenger, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The game features over two hundred playable characters, including some characters returning from the previous game. The heroes are drawn not the comics as well. Director Arthur Parsons stated "It's a celebration of everything Avengers. Comic books, cartoons. It's everything you love about the Avengers in video games." Confirmed additional characters include Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel, Sam Wilson's Captain America appearance, America Chavez, Jane Foster's Thor form and Speed; every two characters have their own unique team-up abilities. There are separate ones for what character is triggering the attack, meaning nearly 800 team-up moves. In the Eastern European country of Sokovia, the Avengers—Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye—attack a Hydra facility commanded by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in an attempt to retrieve a scepter, used by Loki, Thor's adoptive brother, they encounter two of Strucker's test subjects, the Maximoff twins and Scarlet Witch, before they succeed in apprehending Strucker and retrieving Loki's scepter.
Scarlet Witch manipulates Iron Man's mind, causing him to see a haunting vision of the Avengers' defeat. She allows him to take the scepter as a flashback begins, explaining how the scepter ended up on Earth. Loki encounters the Other, the leader of an extraterrestrial race known as the Chitauri and servant of Thanos. In exchange for retrieving the Tesseract, a powerful energy source of unknown potential, the Other promises Loki an army with which he can subjugate Earth. Nick Fury, director of the espionage agency S. H. I. E. L. D. and his lieutenant Maria Hill arrive at a remote research facility where physicist Dr. Erik Selvig is leading a research team experimenting on the Tesseract. Agent Phil Coulson explains; the Tesseract activates and opens a wormhole, allowing Loki to reach Earth. Loki takes the Tesseract and uses his scepter to brainwash Selvig and many other agents to aid him. Maria and Agent Williams fight the brainwashed agents while Loki and Selvig escape in a stolen truck. Maria and Williams pursue them in another vehicle, fighting more brainwashed agents before the base explodes, allowing Loki to escape.
In response to the attack, Fury reactivates the "Avengers Initiative." Black Widow is sent to Calcutta to recruit Dr. Bruce Banner to trace the Tesseract through its gamma radiation emissions. Coulson visits Iron Man to have him review Selvig's research, Fury approaches Captain America with an assignment to retrieve the Tesseract. Captain America begins having flashback of his missions in 1940 where he is fighting Hydra with his friend Bucky. While raiding Arnim Zola's train, Bucky is presumed to be dead. In Stuttgart, Hawkeye steals iridium needed to stabilize the Tesseract's power while Loki causes a distraction, leading to a battle against Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow that ends with Loki's surrender. While Loki is being escorted to S. H. I. E. L. D. Thor frees him, hoping to convince him to abandon his plan and return to Asgard. After fighting Iron Man and Captain America, Thor agrees to take Loki to the S. H. I. E. L. D. Helicarrier. Upon arrival, Loki is imprisoned while Iron Man attempt to locate the Tesseract.
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