Remember how I claimed that no one ever would want to watch the adventures of a young Thor, such as in Marvel’s upcoming Tales of Asgard direct-to-DVD nonsense? Well, I would like to retract that statement. As it turns out, I think a significant amount of people would want to watch a Lil’ Thor, running about, assuming he 1) wields Mjolnir and 2) kicks unholy ass, much like the tiny Norse god in the above VW commercial parody does. If Marvel wants to make a direct-to-DVD movie starring this kid, I’m behind it 100%.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.