To call the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) popular would be a bit of an understatement. Last summer’s The Avengers became the third most popular movie ever made and as a result, there’s been an incredible popular demand for the films featuring the individual Avenger characters – (except, of course, the femme fatale Black Widow – studio heads still don’t seem willing to bet on a lone female superhero.)
While I’m still hoping for a Black Widow movie (perhaps with her archer sidekick, Hawkeye), Beardy Fiance has a firm favourite in the Asgardian demi-god, Thor (Chris Hemsworth.) Two years after Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) tried to enslave the Earth, the two brothers align to save Earth, Asgard and the rest of the universe from the evil Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), who wants to end the universe as we know it and turn it dark (that part doesn’t make a lot of sense – but this is a superhero movie, so all we really need to know is that he’s planning to destroy the known universe.) Joining them is Thor’s mortal girlfriend, astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and comic relief Darcy (Kat Dennings) and Erik Selvig (Stellan Skaarsgard).
There’s been a recent trend of making blockbusters with a bit of social commentary – Thor 2: The Dark World deviates pretty far away from that to simply deliver an uncomplicated, humourous good time. One thing I really enjoyed about this movie was that it was set in London. Due to a favourable tax incentive, more and more big productions are being filmed in London outskirts, but London usually doubles for other, American cities. It was very cool to see my adopted home as a setpiece even if, as an adopted Londoner, some of the geographical errors drove me insane (the Bakerloo line stopping at Greenwich? Please!)
From a female perspective, Jane Foster remains the cliched damsel in distress (unlike the other girlfriends of Avengers, she is neither the CEO of a Fortune 500 company nor a government operative), but these two happen to be an incredibly geeky couple, less concerned with gazing into each others eyes than enjoying the show, which certainly helps.
The movie is certainly enjoyable ride – go if you’re willing to be swept away for a couple hours into a visually stunning fantasy land – no brain power required!
With a nod to the London setting, I decided to go for chocolate chip scones – using my special Christmas flavoured chocolate chips as a nod to the coming holiday.
Chocolate Chip Scones (adapted from Gimme the Recipe)
450g self raising flour
100g unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Fould in chocolate chips. Place on lined cookie sheet – I’d keep these small, as they’re super lovely as bite sized foods.
Bake at 180C for 15 to 20 minutes – until scones are golden brown. Allow to cool completely!