October was a rough one. After September 2017 — bolstered in large part by IT — set a new box office record, last month saw the industry take a significant nosedive, to its lowest total in a decade. Partly, the disappointing performance of Blade Runner 2049 is to blame, as is the disastrous earnings of high-profile releases like Michael Fassbender thriller The Snowman and George Clooney’s latest directorial effort Suburbicon. The month’s only real success stories seem to be playing into the unmitigated triumph of horror cinema this year. Both Happy Death Day and Jigsaw turned tidy profits in their opening weekends, with the former already having earned nearly $50 million as of this writing based on a reported $4.8 million production budget.
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has explained why Hulk is so much smarter in the new Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure. The mean green character has had quite an evolution since his days in Marvel’s comic books, beginning with the classic TV series The Incredible Hulk, starring Lou Ferrigno as the title character and Bill Bixby as Bruce Banner from 1977-1982; to the film versions Hulk in 2003 (starring Eric Bana) and The Incredible Hulk (starring Edward Norton) in 2008.
Blade Runner 2049 is expected to be a box office flop in China. One of the year’s great commercial disappointments, Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed, potentially Oscar-worthy sequel fell short of expectations out of the gate in North America and never recovered. It’s on track to barely make more than its huge production budget, reportedly costing as much as $185 million to make not including marketing.
At its core, Marvel’s Inhumans is ostensibly a series about the political upheaval of a ruling class, and revolutions always result in body counts. When he achieved his coup to steal the throne of Attilan and install himself as King, Maximus (Iwan Rheon) outright plotted to have his brother Black Bolt (Anson Mount) killed. This power struggle for the future of the Inhumans who are living in isolation on the moon began with bloodshed – the death of Triton (Mike Moh) – and more Inhumans have died in the course of the series. The sixth episode, ‘The Gentleman’s Name Is Gorgon’, delivered its biggest death yet, and going by the episode’s title, it’s no surprise which member of the Inhumans’ Royal Family fell.
Jaimie Alexander says the reason she wasn’t able to appear in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok was due to scheduling conflicts with her role on NBC’s Blindspot. The actress first appeared as the comic book character Lady Sif in Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 film, Thor. She reprised her role in Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World in 2013 and on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. during the series’ first season in 2014, and then again during the show’s second season in 2015. However, she’s remained absent from the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since.