Friday, January 17, 2020

Male 007, Female Thor

The James Bond franchise is one of the movie world’s most lucrative, with 2015’s “Spectre” raking in $880 million at the box office worldwide, while “Skyfall” in 2012 grossed more than $1 billion globally. 

And as speculation gathered momentum as to who would be the next Bond, the movies’ producer had come forward to quash rumors that Daniel Craig’s successor as the legendary 007 will be a female. 

Craig is due to step down after the latest Bond film, “No Time to Die”, which will be released in April. 

Interestingly, the James Bond franchise has the distinction of being able to continue even after the leading actors vacate the role. 

Barbara Broccoli (left), one of the two Bond producers was adamantly telling Variety: “He can be of any color, but he is male. I believe we should be creating new characters for women – strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that". 

I think what she meant was that the world is not ready to embrace a female Bond. Methinks, this is so old-fashioned! 

Moviegoers should take note! Natalie Portman who portrayed Thor’s love interest and an astrophysicist in the films Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Avengers: Endgame (2019) is returning to the Marvel Universe with a vengeance. 

Yes, Portman’s Jane Foster will become Thor in the fourth installment of the Marvel franchise – which is director Taika Waititi’s next Marvel Studios film “Thor: Love and Thunder”. 

Yes, you read it right! Thor will be female. Or as she is referred to: Mighty Thor.

For fans confused by the character and gender shift, Waititi explained that the movie would be based on an existing 2014 comic book where Thor loses his abilities and Foster wields his powers and magical hammer Mjolnir. 

The storyline: Foster was dying of cancer but she found herself worthy of Mjolnir when Thor himself suddenly became unworthy – he would go on to call himself the Odinson and ride a freaky giant goat, while Foster’s Thor fought for justice. The only problem was that when she became Thor, the transformation each time would cause all the progress Foster had made with her chemotherapy to vanish. 

Being a superhero, being Thor, was the right thing for Foster to do – but it was literally killing her. That, of course, made her all the more heroic, and thus all the more worthy of wielding Mjolnir. 

So, here I am wondering, if Marvel can do it – why not Bond? 

On Tuesday, I had blogged that I was at the Shah Alam Toastmasters meeting where I did a speech that recognized me as the Model of the Year for Paris Fashion Week. 

I hadn’t known that this particular assignment was given a 2001 setting until I was introduced to give my speech. 

I did “Accepting an Award”, which was project #5 together with club president and fellow member Casper Gihes Kaun-Siricord (right) who did a related speech, i.e. Project #4 “Presenting an Award” – both these speeches were from the same Special Occasion Speeches manual.

And I rose to the occasion and pointedly gave the speech a “twisted” treatment – none of the dignity and grace I was supposed to show although there were bucketsful of overflowing sincerity! It was one of the more fun speeches I had ever presented! 

Anyway, this morning, I had received eight photos of me that Sarah Abedi had so wonderfully captured as I delivered the 5-7-minute speech – and I’m uploading them here for posterity, LOL:

Thanks again, DTM Sarah Abedi!

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