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Posted by G-Man


Marvel Knights Animation is proud to announce  Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers, an all-new four-episode series debuting on iTunes, Xbox LIVE, and PlayStation®Network on Monday, March 28. Further episodes debut weekly on Wednesdays beginning April 6, with each high-definition episode priced at $2.99 (standard definition is also available at $1.99/episode).

Inspired by the acclaimed graphic novel from Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic,  Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers takes a powerful look inside the minds of Thor & Loki, brothers in the mythical land of Asgard and seemingly forever enemies. But just why does Loki hate his brother Thor? And could it be that this master of mischief isn’t really the villain he’s been branded? Loki's insatiable lust for power and his feud with Thor take on new meaning in this resonant epic.

 "It's been an incredible experience developing and producing  Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers," says Ruwan Jayatilleke, producer of  Thor & Loki. "The source material by Robert and Esad is absolutely brilliant and works on so many different levels as a story for multiple mediums. To be honest it's been an honor--and a blast -- to work with the talented creatives of Magnetic Dreams, Edge Studio, Underground Music, and NYAV! What we've put together as a team will further define and push the boundaries of what Marvel Knights Animation can be as well as entertain comic book enthusiasts and mainstream fans with a very compelling piece of content."

He’s the Super Hero everyone’s talking about and before Marvel Studios’  Thor feature film debuts, experience one of Thor’s most popular stories in comic history through cutting edge animation. It’s  Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers—and you’ll never see the world of Thor the same way ever again!

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Posted by CRTrobinson

that looks epic

Posted by emmbro30

Looks good.  Heres to hoping the best parts weren't in the trailer.
Posted by weaponmaster

Looks awesome.

Posted by Faramir82

This looks amazing, that animation style is beautiful.

Posted by Loki9876

loki is awesome my favorite comicbook character.

Posted by wingster

Looks epic! 
 
Is this full animation or it's really a motion comic book? The trailer barely had any motion in it, but what motion there was looked sooo good.

Posted by Atari_Graphics
@wingster said:
" Looks epic!  Is this full animation or it's really a motion comic book? The trailer barely had any motion in it, but what motion there was looked sooo good. "
 
 
You're right, its hard to tell from that trailer but it looks like a motion comic animated with something like After Effect's Puppet Tool. Either way still looks dope to me.
Posted by Sticky_Venom

Very cool.

Posted by G-Man
@wingster: I assume it'll be somewhat like the Iron Man Extremis one...maybe. (We have clips here if you haven't seen 'em).
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Posted by Hunter114

Not to keen on the motion comic style, but the artwork itself is pretty good. I don't like the title either, "blood brothers" is kinda the opposite of what their relationship is, so it just doesn't sound right to me. 
 
Wouldn't mind seeing more depth to the characters though...

Posted by Trodorne

It was one of my favorite stories outside of God of Thunder book. and the animation really adds to the story i loved.

Posted by Icemizer

The return of 60's Marvel animation how thrilling.  Way to take a step backwards. All the power of the House of the Mouse behind you and this is the best you can come up with?
Posted by cyberninja

Looks amazing!

Posted by Mbecks14

Looks like it'd be a cool animated movie, but not series. Also, DC animation is still better 

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

Wow, look incredible.  Wish I didn't have to download it, just buy it.

Posted by warlock360

nice

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

Can it compete DC's animation? DC owns it .
Posted by CrimsonAvenger

I'm glad to see that Marvel is stepping up there game in the animation world because DC has a huge lead on them in animation, I hope this is good but the choppy animation style looks horrible, they should stick with traditional because it does wonders for a movie like this.

Posted by joshmightbe

Looks cool seems silly that its gonna be out before Tales of Asgard tho 

Posted by shawn87

That looks epic. I'm loving the style of animation

Posted by HellionVulcan
@CrimsonAvenger said:
" I'm glad to see that Marvel is stepping up there game in the animation world because DC has a huge lead on them in animation, I hope this is good but the choppy animation style looks horrible, they should stick with traditional because it does wonders for a movie like this. "
I agree animation seems meh but if story holds up it won't worry me .
Posted by ImperiousRix

Looks a lot more like a very good motion comic rather than a full-on animated deal.

Posted by TDK_1997

Amazing trailer

Posted by Thor's hammmer

can someone please post just the link? for some reason I can't veiw it like this.
Posted by EdwardWindsor

oh my , i will be getting that

Posted by The Impersonator

FOR ODIN! FOR ASGARD!

Posted by untammed

awesome

Posted by Out_of_Space

It looks awesome

Posted by Caligula
@shawn87 said:
" That looks epic. I'm loving the style of animation "
Posted by bingbangboom

Its not a traditional form of animation but then again, do we really want that with this story? 

Posted by datarez

Looks pretty cool. I'd still want to see a longer clip with the voice work to see if the animation and the voices are ok. 

Posted by CaptainCockblock

I'm not the biggest Thor fan, but I'll admit when something is epic. 

Posted by Norusdog

  

  

Posted by vidarrodinson

I read the books this is based on.  This is very awesome work.  It is bringing comics to life.
Posted by goldenshot80

cool..

Edited by mysticflame

The animation isn't that appealing to me, but this does look epic.

Posted by Ruwanjay

Ruwan, here. The producer on the project. Can't wait until you guys have a chance to check out Thor & Loki. I had a chance to meet Robert Rodi earlier this year and I can definitely tell he enjoyed what we did with his and Esad's story. And Esad is stoked as well. I know there is some trepidation about what we're doing with these comic book stories, but hang in there...there's more to come and we're are definitely making leaps and bounds in terms of what can be done. 
 
 As long as we can improve techniques and methods of storytelling...I am all for the visual fireworks. However where things would detract from what Robert and Esad set out to achieve with this story...we definitely stay away from doing things that might tarnish what is a brilliant story. So while my answers might not answer why we did this or that, rest assured that the creative team (the animators, directors, sound team, music team, and myself) aimed to make sure that Thor & Loki was thoroughly entertaining and enhanced the original story (entitled Loki) without altering it or changing it for change's sake.  It's been a wild ride and hopefully you'll have as much with this interpretation of the story as we did bringing it to life!

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt

Thor and Loki are good characters (from a terrible company, but that's another matter), but this animation is jarring to watch. I see what they were trying to do, but motion comics are still just a bad idea all round.  
 
Who knows, I might be surprised.

Posted by Midnight Monk

Look more like a motion comic than anything else which isn't all that great, Marvel should really start taking cues from DC and step in their animation department

Posted by Captain Majestic

I love the Loki Miniseries.   I love the animated films by marvel and dc, DC  is better in general but i would like to see more marvel animated films

Posted by 00 Raiser

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Edited by Ruwanjay
@FadeToBlackBolt said:

" Thor and Loki are good characters (from a terrible company, but that's another matter), but this animation is jarring to watch. I see what they were trying to do, but motion comics are still just a bad idea all round.    Who knows, I might be surprised. "

 the content works. it sells. and a fair amount of people have voted with their dollars. yes sales success and a working business model does not invalidate what you say, but stating that "[it's just] a bad idea all around" is not very accurate or sensical. while Thor & Loki might not be your thing...ithis type of animation is gaining traction, and the sales on the prior series don't lie....it's here to stay.  
 
and i do want to point out the obvious: Thor & Loki was not created to compete with Warner Home Premiere's direct to home video. however the audience we've built for MKA is solid. so i guess we can agree to disagree.    
Edited by Ruwanjay
@bingbangboom said:

" Its not a traditional form of animation but then again, do we really want that with this story?  "

totally agree. and that's the tact we took. this wasn't about visual fireworking the story to death until it did not resemble what Robert and Esad worked so hard to build. it's about bringing a new experience to the story and adding to its impact and appeal...i think we've struck a great balance, but i will be curious when folks start watching the series week to week. :)
Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@Ruwanjay said:
" @FadeToBlackBolt said:

" Thor and Loki are good characters (from a terrible company, but that's another matter), but this animation is jarring to watch. I see what they were trying to do, but motion comics are still just a bad idea all round.    Who knows, I might be surprised. "

 the content works. it sells. and a fair amount of people have voted with their dollars. yes sales success and a working business model does not invalidate what you say, but stating that "[it's just] a bad idea all around" is not very accurate or sensical. while Thor & Loki might not be your thing...ithis type of animation is gaining traction, and the sales on the prior series don't lie....it's here to stay.   and i do want to point out the obvious: Thor & Loki was not created to compete with Warner Home Premiere's direct to home video. however the audience we've built for MKA is solid. so i guess we can agree to disagree.     "
Just because something makes money doesn't necessarily make it good, though I understand what you're saying. Motion Comics are just that, they're slightly animated versions of comic books. People aren't reading the source, they're losing the nuances of written text. The Watchmen motion comic is the worst for this, all of the subtleties of the story are lost, just so people don't have to actually read it.
Posted by Ruwanjay
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Just because something makes money doesn't necessarily make it good, though I understand what you're saying. Motion Comics are just that, they're slightly animated versions of comic books. People aren't reading the source, they're losing the nuances of written text. The Watchmen motion comic is the worst for this, all of the subtleties of the story are lost, just so people don't have to actually read it. "
 
I'll be pretty honest. Iron Man Extremis and Thor & Loki are "not slightly animated." Slightly animated would be 10%...15%...20%...30%...we're doing more animation than that and it all serves the story. We're purposing Esad's original art and casting strong actors to carry the weight of Robert's dialogue. There's quite a bit of honoring of the original work while adding new levels to the experience of the story. This is a fact that you would not be privy to because you don't work at Marvel or DC: people have not stopped reading the source material bc we are animating that. The sales of the re-issue of Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers is case in point...if anything the trailer caused a large surge in sales. Which makes me happy because Robert is uber-cool and Esad is a friend!  
 
While you may not have enjoyed Watchmen, our friends up the street from Marvel are not struggling to sell Watchmen or finding a scarcity of new readers to read it bc the motion comic exists. While sales do not mean people are reading it...it's the best measure we have. Don't get me wrong--nothing replaces the value of reading these stories from cover to cover as a comic or within a collected editions. And I do agree that this animation needs to continue to make leaps and bounds to stay relevant and entertaining to consumers as entertainment options continue to expand.  
 
Thanks for the spirited discussion! :)
Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@Ruwanjay: I am glad to see that you're so passionate about the story and characters you're using, something that I feel has been lacking at Marvel (no offence to you, that's aimed at one writer in particular). And I do wish you and those who have worked on the project luck, I personally am just not a fan of the motion comic style, though that's also because they cost insane amounts of money in the stupid profiteering country that I live in. 
 
Nevertheless, thank you for remaining civil when I have been a bit of a douche (I'm in a bad mood, sorry). Good luck with the project :)
Posted by Kallarkz
looks good. i will be optimistic about this and hope that the story line will be strong
Posted by Ruwanjay
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
" @Ruwanjay: I am glad to see that you're so passionate about the story and characters you're using, something that I feel has been lacking at Marvel (no offence to you, that's aimed at one writer in particular). And I do wish you and those who have worked on the project luck, I personally am just not a fan of the motion comic style, though that's also because they cost insane amounts of money in the stupid profiteering country that I live in.   Nevertheless, thank you for remaining civil when I have been a bit of a douche (I'm in a bad mood, sorry). Good luck with the project :) "
no worries. and you weren't douchey. and even if you were, that's your choice. no blood-no foul. no issue with people expressing themselves as long as it's not infringing on my or other's ability to speak one's mind. definitely good discussion. and some of the things you said are food for thought for me. maybe part of doing this Marvel Knights Animation is messaging it so people understand that there's more pluses to this animation succeeded than solely Marvel making money, etc. These MKA productions help advertise and sell the source materials rather effectively...and that means money in the writer's and artist's pockets in addition to compensation for using their work in the animation. i am trying to stay positive about the reactions whether they are good or bad bc there's a vested interested for a lot of folks including the ones who worked on this project in terms of this content succeeding where others have not. time will tell. but it's worked on the prior titles...and hopefully i am not being naively optimistic bc i work at Marvel. heh. :) 
 
hopefully we can lure you in with the next project.  
 
again totally appreciate the feedback and i WISHED i could have more "conversations" like this people who love/hate/indifferent/etc. to comic book content or other medium's direct interpretation of it. i know keeping a dialogue going is the key to getting people excited about cracking open a hardcover or trade....or death-gripping a comic book issue. i remain optimistic that folks will be willing to discuss content and cut loose on what they are stoked, pissed off about, or feel bland about....and motivate people they know to explore the wild wild world because they are passionate about outrageous nerdery! :)
Posted by Ruwanjay
 @Captain Majestic said:
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I love the Loki Miniseries.   I love the animated films by marvel and dc, DC  is better in general but i would like to see more marvel animated films

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i loved me some Under the Red Hood. DC has put out some great animated series and direct to home videos. i know that might be sacrilege amongst Marvel fans. heh. but i am a fan of great content...and that brings me to my next point, i wish more content companies (outside of just Marvel/Disney and Warner Bros.) were investing in animation and really deepening and diversifying the types of content and stories being created. it really seems at time to be the lost art that sees lashes of brilliance and then much darkness. my hope is that excitement for animation will return sooner rather than later.  
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