crimson peak

I finally saw Crimson Peak—yes, I know I’m three weeks late to the party—and I could write a book about how much I loved it. While it’s true that I am a big fan of leading man Tom Hiddleston, my love affair with this sweeping film has more to do with its genre and script. Director and writer Guillermo del Toro created a haunting gothic romance influenced by classic gothic literature. Funnily enough, I’m a big fan of gothic lit.

But first things first: if you are looking for a run-of-the-mill horror or paranormal film, this is not the movie for you. While compromised of terrifying themes, the movie itself is not scary. This is not a ghost story, but, true to gothic form, a story with ghosts in it. If you are a fan of gothic fiction, suspense, or period pieces, then read on, dear friend. 

Friend of the blog, Jeremy Caesar, has worked with the Collective before, but never like this. As a contributing podcaster, photographer and now, writer for the Collective, Jeremy is a renaissance man who has talent and opinion on geek culture to spare. Below is a thoughtful, insightful look into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Norse mythology and the history of Ragnarök.   



Ragnarok by Johannes Gehrts
Ragnarok by Johannes Gehrts

We’re two years away from Ragnarök, Thor’s next big screen adventure, but if Age of Ultron’s got you impatient, then the comics have got you covered.  published Thor #80-85 in 2004 during Avengers Disassembled, a crossover event that put our band of heroes through the ringer. These Avengers weren’t so dissimilar from their cinematic counterparts. Iron Man, Captain America, and Hawkeye were present, along with Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Ant-Man, whom we’re just now getting to know. I want to talk about the Norse god though, but I should warn you that to discuss Ragnarök is to discuss spoilers. Beyond this point there is only doom.