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COMIC REEL: Loki Lifts Thor’s Hammer; Marvel Eyes Young, Gifted “Black Panther” Director

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COMIC REEL: Loki Lifts Thor’s Hammer; Marvel Eyes Young, Gifted “Black Panther” Director

THOR: RAGNAROK

What if Loki were worthy?

In new footage released in advance of the massive “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 Collection,” a scrapped scene from “Thor: The Dark World” features the trickster god proudly foisting his brother’s Uru hammer high.

Being Loki, it was naught but an illusion–an imagined coronation where all of Asgard feted its less popular prince, while he was actually imprisoned for his malfeasance during the first “Avengers” movie. Still, as “The Dark World” ended, it was Loki sitting on the throne, posing as Odin. Could this cutting-room floor sequence end up playing a role in “Thor: Ragnarok”? Without the Norn Stones, it’s impossible to know, but, if nothing else, seeing fan-favorite Tom Hiddleston, who originally auditioned for the role of Old Goldilocks, wield mighty Mjolnir, even in fantasy, is a treat.

That wasn’t the only noise coming from the Golden Realm.

Asgardians Sif and Volstagg showed up at the end of the first “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and the Odinson was the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first interstellar character, so maybe it should come as no surprise to learn that hammer-wielder Chris Hemsworth is eager to cross paths with Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill and his rag-tag gang in an onscreen adventure.

During an interview promoting “In The Heart Of The Sea,” Hemsworth’s new film, the “Thor” heartthrob revealed his hopes that the prince of the Realm Eternal meet James Gunn’s outer space outcasts sooner than later.

“I’d love him to hang out with the ‘Guardians’ crew. I love that film, and there’s a lot of fun to be had,” he told MTV. Hemsworth also had kind words for his “In The Heart Of The Sea” co-star, and new Spider-Man Tom Holland, who is rumored to appear in this May’s “Captain America: Civil War.” “Such a great work ethic and really appreciative of the whole experience, as I think a lot of us [MCU actors] were.”

“Thor: Ragnarok” hits theaters July 28, 2017

ARROW

Does Starling City have a new power couple?

#Arrow Mid-season Finale preview with @paulblackthorne @charlotteross2

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A new image uploaded to the show’s Instagram account features “Arrow” actors Charlotte Ross and Paul Blackthorne getting cozy as Donna Smoak and Quentin Lance in a scene from this week’s midseason finale episode, “Dark Waters.” Could this mean that their daughters, Felicity, Laurel and Sarah, become part of one big family? And how much will that complicate the life of Oliver Queen? Check out a trailer for “Dark Waters” below.

The CW also released new footage featuring recent stunt work done on the show by James “Bam-Bam” Bamford. The featurette explores the physical and recording techniques used on the show.

Airs Wednesday at 8 on the CW

BLACK PANTHER

A director who has already embraced the challenge of living up to a storied legacy may be the one to introduce the world to Wakanda.

Ryan Coogler, whose “Rocky” sequel “Creed” has been a critical and financial success since its Thanksgiving release, is reportedly in negotiations with Marvel to helm 2018’s “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman. Coogler came to notoriety with his impacting first feature, “Fruitvale Station,” the dramatic retelling of a real-life death steeped in American racial pathos which, like “Creed,” starred Michael B. Jordan, who portrayed the Human Torch in this summer’s tepidly received “Fantastic Four.”

Black Panther was Marvel’s first superhero of color, and after having previously pursued “Selma” director Ava Duvernay for the feature project, Marvel seems to have set its sights on the 29-year-old Coogler, who wrote and directed both of his previous features. “Creed” is a sequel to the “Rocky” series, giving Coogler experience telling stories in a shared universe. Boseman’s Black Panther makes his on-screen debut in this May’s “Captain America: Civil War.”

“Black Panther” is slated for a February 16, 2018 release.

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

Fans got their best look yet at DC’s time-traveling TV superteam when a trailer for January’s “Legends of Tomorrow” dropped during this week’s “Flash”/”Arrow” crossover.

In the trailer, Rip Hunter (played by Arthur Darvill) challenges the assembled future-heroes to live up to their eventual legacy. Dark and full of action, the spot dramatically casts the Legends against the threat of Vandal Savage, played by Casper Crump.

A new promotional poster was also released.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Marvel has released footage of actors Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista screen-testing as Star-Lord and Drax for the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” film, riffing and improving as they find their comedic chemistry.

The footage was also part of Marvel’s Phase 2 collection, highlighting the cast’s quirky charisma.

“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” arrives in theaters May 5, 2017

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Check out shots from this week’s midseason finale of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “Maveth.”

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