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DISH OF THE WEEK #79 – MARVEL AND THE AVENGERS

So here’s what I do with an unexpected weekend off.

This is going to be a first.
I like to do the occasional Dish of the Week but I also do the occasional (very occasional) Dishette of the Week.
I have decided to incorporate the two because it doesn’t matter if the dish in question happens to be male or female. Why should I separate? In fact I think it makes me a little lazy in that I rarely write a Dishette of the Week.
So now I will have no excuse.

I have chosen to do a whole host of Dishes for this one.
As this week sees the finale to the Marvel Avengers movies as we currently know them with the release of Avengers: Endgame, I am listing ALL the Dishes involved from day one!

This is going to be quite a long post and heavy on pictures!
I have probably missed out a few because there are so many.

So! Going through the films in CHRONOLOGICAL order, so please don’t start telling me that they are out of order.
I know.
I’m running with storylines and where they all fall together chronologically.
So I will start with….

1 – Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

This film introduced us to Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan and I can’t believe that neither of them have ever made it to my Dish of the Week!!
An oversight that is now rectified.

Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes
AKA Captain America and the soon to be Winter Soldier.

I mean, just look at these noodles! Who couldn’t love them.

2 – Iron Man (2008)


Technically the first of this Marvel franchise and an introduction to Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, the Iron Man himself.
Robert has made it to my Dish of the Week in the past, at number 42, and that can be read HERE.

I said it back then and I’ll say it again, Robert was born to play Tony Stark!!

Iron Man also introduces us to the first of my Dishettes. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Pepper Potts. Tony’s Right hand and eventual lover. The only woman who can truly control him! This woman takes no shit! She also dons the Iron Man suit occasionally.

3 – The Incredible Hulk (2008)


A stand alone Hulk movie made before the introduction of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, this one starring Edward Norton.
However, my dish is going to have to be Mark Ruffalo. He is such a sweetie and I can’t understand why they are yet to make a Hulk movie with his portrayal of the Hulk. The character has been developed so much during the last 22 Marvel films that he could quite easily carry a stand alone movie.

4 – Iron Man 2 (2010)

5 – Thor (2011)

Not one, but two Dishes and a Dishette in this one. Both Dishes have had previous entries on my Dish of the Week. Chris Hemsworth’s entry can be read HERE, and Tom Hiddleston’s can be read HERE. Both blogs apparently very short and sweet.

Chris Hemsworth plays the God Thor and Tom Hiddleston plays his brother Loki in this Marvel franchise.
Chris is just perfect as the tall muscular God Thor, but Tom has been the surprise hit of the franchise with his amazing portrayal of Loki.
It’s funny to think that Tom actually originally auditioned for the part of Thor. I’m so glad he didn’t get it, Loki is just delicious!
Natalie Portman, the next of my Dishettes, plays Jane Foster, the scientist who discovers and falls in love with Thor.

If you needed any convincing about just how good, and popular, Tom Hiddleston is as Loki, then just look at this video of Tom when he attended the San Diego Comic con back in 2013 in full costume and character and watch how he plays with the audience.

6 – Avengers: Assemble (2012)

Now we’re getting serious.
I’ve already mentioned a lot of this cast already with Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, but this film now throws us Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow.

AND BEFORE YOU SAY ANYTHING……

Black widow was actually introduced to us back with Iron Man 2

and Hawkeye was fleetingly introduced to us during Thor.

It was clear from day one that Scarlett Johansson was going to be absolutely kick ass as Black Widow and Hawkeye became a firm favourite with fans, although his character has been somewhat held back a little, but it is widely believed that this character will come to full fruition during Avengers Endgame.

7 – Iron Man 3 (2013)

8 – Thor: Darkworld (2013)

9 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

This filmed turned Sebastian Stan into the Winter Soldier and an absolute, rip roaring hotty!!

10 – Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 1 (2014)

The surprise hit of 2014 was Guardians of the Galaxy, and for me, this one delivered a Dish, 2 Dishettes and a special mention as he is not an Avenger.

When Chris Pratt danced into the opening scenes to Come and Get Your Love by Redbone, he danced into the hearts of millions all over the world.
He also had two kick ass women to work with, with Zoe Saldana as Gamora and Karen Gillan as Nebula.

Chris Pratt has actually made it to my Dish of the Week twice before. One can be read HERE, and the other can be read HERE.

My special mention goes to Lee Pace, who played Ronan, the bad guy and definitely not an Avenger. Lee has already made it to my Dish of the Weeks previously, and that can be read HERE.
I have liked Lee Pace since way before this film as I mentioned in my blog. Underneath all the Ronan makeup is a very handsome man.

11 – Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 (2017)

12 – Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

They just keep coming.
This film throws us Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and (if only too briefly) Aaron Taylor Johnson as Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver.

It also gives us Vision, played by Paul Bettany. Paul had been the voice of Tony Stark’s computer, Jarvis, since day one, but he finally gets physical form in the form of Vision in this Avengers movie and he falls in love with Wanda. I’ve always loved Paul Bettany, but he didn’t strike me as a hero type until I saw him as Vision!

13 – Ant Man (2015)

Another surprise hit for Marvel was Ant Man with the title character being played by the ever cute Paul Rudd. A joker both on-screen and off. Just how is he 50 years old!!

This film also introduces us to Hope Van Dyne, who later becomes the Wasp, played by the gorgeous Evangeline Lilly.

14 – Captain America: Civil War (2016)

15 – Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

I couldn’t wait to get to this one!
After years of various re-boots of the Spiderman franchise, they’ve finally hit the nail on the head with Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

The baby of the MCU at just 22 years old. Sweet, innocent, cute, blabber mouth. Cannot be trusted to keep plot-lines a secret so doesn’t get given whole scripts to read. He literally has no idea what he’s filming until he sees it on-screen!

This Youtube video perfectly demonstrates Tom’s inability to keep a secret and the lengths his co-stars go to to help him keep quiet!

But I think this video is where I truly lost my heart to Tom Holland. What a mover and a little hottie. This young man is going to go a long way and he’s going to mature nicely doing it.

16 – Doctor Strange (2016)

When this one was announced, I was very unsure of what to expect. Seeing the stills and the trailer before the film itself, I really didn’t know if I was going to like Doctor Strange. Turns out, I loved it! But then why wouldn’t I?
Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t put a foot wrong. I’ve loved this guy for years anyway, and now I have more of a reason to love him.
He has also been on my Dish of the Week list in the past and that can be read HERE.

17 – Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Chris Hemsworth went from hot to banging hot for this one!

Ragnarok also introduces us to another kick ass lady, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.

I’m also putting another special mention in here with Karl Urban.
I have loved Karl since seeing him portray Judge Dredd back in 2012.
In this he plays Skurge the executioner who turns out to be quite the hero.
He has made it to my Dish of the Week posts about 5 or 6 times in the past, and a couple of them can be read HERE, and HERE.

18 – Black Panther (2018)

Right! We’re on the home straight now.
Black Panther was a huge hit for the MCU…..but….. and please don’t hate me for saying it, but this one is probably my least favourite of all the films listed here today.
I just didn’t enjoy it. I felt they were trying to do just a bit too much with it and it really bugged me.
That said, it did give us plenty of eye candy and kick ass women with Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black panther, Letitia Wright as Shuri and Danai Gurira as Okoye to name just a few.

19 – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

20 – Ant Man and the Wasp (2018)

21 – Captain Marvel (2019)

OK, so chronologically, she should be second, but hey ho! The first female avenger to get her own movie.
Brie Larsen as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, showed us that women can truly be kick ass and do it in a costume that is not over sexualised.

22 – Avengers: Endgame (2019)

So here we are. The culmination of the last 21 films.
The bringing together of the WHOLE of the MCU…. literally.
Without giving anything away, the film is amazing. Totally NOT what I was expecting. It certainly didn’t go in the direction I thought it would. It was funny, it was sad, it was exciting and it was a fitting end to the MCU as we currently know it.
It is certainly NOT the end of the MCU.

More hotties will be posted as we find out about them.
I have no doubt that Tom Holland will get a post all of his own at some point.

DISH OF THE WEEK #59 – CHRIS PRATT

Dish of the Week number 59 is another strange attraction.

Chris Pratt.

I have only seen him in Guardians of the Galaxy and in that he is the cheeky, groovy, accidental hero Starlord.

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Although he had buffed up quite nicely to play Starlord, he is probably better known for a TV series called Parks and Recreation.
In that his chracter is not exactly into healthy living. He loves his food and drink.

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It would seem that Chris also loves his food and drink.
He’s certainly not an actor that spends all his spare time in the Gym. He enjoys his life.
He’s doing something right because he’s married to Anna Faris.

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From the interviews I’ve seen him do for Guardians of the Galaxy, he comes across as a bit of a joker and a thoroughly nice bloke.
We will see him next year, all pumped up again, for the new Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World.

chris pratt 4

So there you have it.
Probably one of the most down to earth people on my Dish of the Week list so far.
I would love to sit across a table from him with his wife and my husband and enjoy a good meal, a few pints and a good laugh!!

I think I may just have to give Parks and Recreation a go.

DISH OF THE WEEK #58 – LEE PACE

Right, I haven’t given you a dish of the week since the end of May!!
Today I will be delivering 2!

The first one is a Man that first came to my attention back in 2004 in a short lived TV series called ‘Wonderfalls’
Lee Pace.
10 years younger than me and a scrummy 6 foot 5 inches tall!!!

wonderfalls

Then it wasn’t until a TV series called Pushing Daisies that ran from 2007 – 2009 that I saw him again.

Pushing Daisies

Then I noticed him in Twilight: Breaking Dawn.
I was dragged along to the cinema to watch these movies by one of my daughters.
At least this one had a bit of decent eye candy!!

breaking dawn

Looks like movies are now well and truly on the menu because he then became King Thranduil in the Hobbit movies.

thranduil 1

thranduil 2

The third in the series is Due this December.
Can’t Wait.

If that wasn’t enough he also cropped up, looking very different, in my favourite film of the year so far.
He played Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Ronan 1

He currently has a film in pre-production for next year.
Prisoner of War.
He has the starring role and IMDB states….
The story of humankind’s last stand against a cataclysmic alien invasion.
Set in the war-ravaged African countryside, a U.S. soldier and a French foreign aid worker team up to survive the alien onslaught.
Their bond will be tested as they search for refuge across a crumbling world.

I really hope it’s a good one and we get to see Lee in a lot more in the future.

EXTREMELEY LAZY DAY

Guardians of the Galaxy and The Killing Series 4
I tried to be spoiler free but read on at your own risk.

I did get to the cinema last night.
We went to see ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’!!

All I can say, without ruining it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet is……

IT’S TOTALLY BRILLIANT!
It’s slick, it’s funny, the characters are spot on, it a beautiful set up for the next one!
I want a Groot!!

So, back to today and YAY!!
Got up at half 8 this morning…. that’s a good lay in for me these days.
I got my milky coffee and then sat down in front of the tv and flicked through to Netflix.
Then with baited breath I selected ‘The Killing’
There in the list of series……. after months of waiting…… was series 4!
All 6 episodes!

I’ve just watched the first 2 and it’s off to a great start.
I don’t want to give too much away but I am simultaneously really happy for Holder at this point but also really scared for him and I don’t see a happy ending for Linden.

My prediction is that Linden will throw herself onto the fire to protect Holder.
But then I could be completely wrong!!

OK, Milky coffee number two…. back to episode 3.

GOOD MORNING WORLD

Totally refreshed after a good nights sleep!
My only problem now is my damned foot.
I seem to be virtually back to square one when it comes to pain and getting going in the mornings.
I didn’t take any painkillers at all yesterday and boy did I pay for it last night and this morning.
Anyway, I’m all dosed up now and limbering up quite nicely. Just fed up with constantly having to take pills!

Anyway, I’ve just been enjoying my coffee and having a quick trawl around the internet and I’ve discovered a new trailer.
It’s been a bit of a good news bad news day when it comes to movies.

On the 29th December 2013 I wrote a blog of movies I was excited to see in 2014.
On that list was a film due for release on 21st March but I couldn’t find a trailer.
Stretch, starring Patrick Wilson and Chris Pine.

Patrick Wilson 1  Chris Pine 03

Considering it was less than three months to release, that was not good.
I’ve been keeping my eye out for it ever since and today I see some not so good news.
It was apparantly a pretty low budget movie at just 5 million Dollars.
The distributor, Universal, have said that they need to put together a 20 – 40 million Dollar package to get the movie to the cinema.
They were banking on the ‘Chris Pine’ chip they had but they apparantly lost that with the Jack Ryan movie opening at number 4 in the box office.
They were now unwilling to go ahead with stretch and have been looking for another distributor.
They have so far been unsuccessful and it looks like the movie could go straight to home DVD!

Damn!

Anyway, there was also a movie that never made it to my list at all.
I’ve said it before, I’m not a comic book fan but I do love my superheroes, especially Marvel superheroes.
I’ve been seeing concept art and the odd photo surface for a movie called ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
I had never even heard of Guardians of the Galaxy and to be honest my attention wasn’t caught at all by what I was seeing.
However….
I have just seen the first official trailer that has just been released.

OMG this looks amazing!!
So, 1st of August.
That’s another one on my list.