This brand new Thor: The Dark World synopsis fresh from Disney doesn’t drop any bombs about the goings-on of the upcoming Thor sequel, but it does offer some great connections to the world in which it will take place.

From what we’ve been able to glean from the leaked set videos from Thor: The Dark World, we’ve known that more otherwordly war is on the slate for the Thor sequel, and the casting of Christopher Eccelston as Malekith the Accursed has confirmed that the Dark Elves will play an integral role in the battle, but how Thor fits into the mix has been something of a mystery.

Will he foolishly start a war a la Thor or is he just stepping in to pick up the pieces? This is a question that the new synopsis from Disney does a pretty hazy job of answering, but it seems that the events from The Avengers have launched our Asgardian hero into this war with the Dark Elves. Below we’ve included the synopsis, followed by a quick analysis about what exactly they may be fighting over.

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

The synopsis does an excellent job of assuring us that the stakes in Thor: The Dark World will be sky-high (literally), but letting the audience know that the events of The Avengers play into the war is interesting indeed. Are the Dark Elves fighting for the Tesseract that Thor has brought back to Earth? Does Thanos play some role that we aren’t aware of yet?

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To both answers, we say yes. To us, it seems pretty clear that the motivation behind the Dark Elves will revolve around the cosmic cube, perhaps at the advantage of a certain Mad Titan that his his eye on something else in Odin’s treasure room. In case the obvious escapes our readers, that particular item is pictured on the left.

Anyone that has seen Thor a hundred thousand times (this writer) can tell you that The Infinity Gauntlet makes a lightning-fast cameo appearance in the film, and the after-credits sequence of The Avengers convinces us that it was no accident. Thanos and this shiny glove go hand in hand, and if you’ll notice carefully, one of the gems is the awfully familiar Mind Gem that Loki uses to turn Hawkeye and Selvig into his personal flying monkeys.

If anything, the presence of these items easily tie into the overall scheme that Thanos has to acquire the glove, and getting the cosmic cube back on Asgard might be the terrific distraction he needs to gain access to Odin’s Treasure Vault. Consider this, Thanos makes a deal with the Dark Elves for the cosmic cube. In all the commotion, including (as the synopsis suggests) the inclusion of the All-Father Odin in the war, the treasure vault is left all but ungaurded, allowing the Mad Titan to step in and claim the Nintendo Power Glo- the Infinity Gauntlet for himself.

Is this whole war a power play for Thanos to claim the Infinity Gauntlet? Will the war between the Dark Elves and the Asgardians be fueled by something else? How does Jane Foster come into play? Thanks to Collider for the synopsis!

Will ‘Thor: The Dark World’ feature a play by Thanos?

20 Frodo and Bilbo Baggins quotes to sweep you off your feet

Alive or dead dragons, I wouldn't dare laugh at either.

11:30 am EDT, September 22, 2016

It’s Hobbit Day, aka Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthday! To celebrate, we’ve got the wittiest, wisest, and best Frodo and Bilbo quotes from all four books.

Best Frodo and Bilbo quotes:

  1. “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party
  2. Frodo: “‘Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam, would he, dad?'”
    Sam: “Now, Mr. Frodo, you shouldn’t make fun. I was serious.”
    Frodo: “So was I.”
    – Frodo and Sam, The Two Towers, The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
  3. “Victory after all, I suppose! Well, it seems a very gloomy business.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
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  5. “I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Mount Doom
  6. “Farewell, King under the Mountain! This is a bitter adventure, if it must end so; and not a mountain of gold can amend it. Yet I am glad that I have shared in your perils – that has been more than any Baggins deserves.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
  7. “Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones.”
    – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Short Cut to Mushrooms
  8. “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Long Expected Party
  9. “There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Homeward Bound
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It’s Hobbit Day, aka Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthday! To celebrate, we’ve got the wittiest, wisest, and best Frodo and Bilbo quotes from all four books.

Best Frodo and Bilbo quotes:

  1. “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party
  2. Frodo: “‘Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam, would he, dad?'”
    Sam: “Now, Mr. Frodo, you shouldn’t make fun. I was serious.”
    Frodo: “So was I.”
    – Frodo and Sam, The Two Towers, The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
  3. “Victory after all, I suppose! Well, it seems a very gloomy business.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
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  5. “I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Mount Doom
  6. “Farewell, King under the Mountain! This is a bitter adventure, if it must end so; and not a mountain of gold can amend it. Yet I am glad that I have shared in your perils – that has been more than any Baggins deserves.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
  7. “Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones.”
    – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Short Cut to Mushrooms
  8. “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Long Expected Party
  9. “There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Homeward Bound
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  11. “Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!”
    – Bilbo to himself, The Hobbit, Inside Information
  12. “Yes, you have seen a thing or two since you last peeped out of a looking-glass.”
    – Frodo to himself, The Fellowship of the Ring, Many Meetings
  13. “Bother burgling and everything to do with it! I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, Roast Mutton
  14. “It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, The Scouring of the Shire
  15. “‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. ‘You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.'”
    – Frodo quoting Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, Three is Company
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  17. “I will take the Ring, though I do not know the way.”
    – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Council of Elrond
  18. “So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
  19. “I can manage it. I must.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Mount Doom
  20. “Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not today. Good morning! But please come to tea – any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Come tomorrow! Good-bye!”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party
  21. “It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, The Grey Havens
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  23. “All that is gold does not glitter,
    Not all those who wander are lost.”
    – Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, Strider
  24. “I should like to leave the Shire, if I could – though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them. But I don’t feel like that now. I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again.”
    – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Shadow of the Past

Tell us your favorite Frodo and Bilbo quotes in the comments!

With one reason for every inning of America’s pastime, here’s why you’ve got to watch Pitch — the story of Ginny Baker, the first female major league baseball player.

1. Ginny is a badass

It sounds tropey, but it’s true. Kylie Bunbury’s Ginny Baker is everything you could want in such a singular protagonist. Confident and strong, yet vulnerable in her impassivity, Ginny’s physical and emotional capabilities are quickly established — and just as quickly challenged.

Ginny humanizes the superhuman aura that surrounds high-level athletes, while never losing the essential strength that makes her a great ballplayer, and a badass character.

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With one reason for every inning of America’s pastime, here’s why you’ve got to watch Pitch — the story of Ginny Baker, the first female major league baseball player.

1. Ginny is a badass

It sounds tropey, but it’s true. Kylie Bunbury’s Ginny Baker is everything you could want in such a singular protagonist. Confident and strong, yet vulnerable in her impassivity, Ginny’s physical and emotional capabilities are quickly established — and just as quickly challenged.

Ginny humanizes the superhuman aura that surrounds high-level athletes, while never losing the essential strength that makes her a great ballplayer, and a badass character.

2. It’s a baseball TV show!

While there have been a handful of baseball-related television shows in the past (and CBS tried to launch a series based on A League of Their Own back in 1993), the sport has mostly been colonized by film. But baseball is its own long-form story, stretching out almost daily for 162 games a year. A week-by-week look into the evolving narrative of a baseball season just screams TV, and Pitch is ready to deliver.

3. Ginny isn’t a ‘smurfette’

Ginny Baker steps into a world so thoroughly dominated by men that it would have been easy to cast her as the only significant female in the series. Pitch deftly avoids that trap, supporting Ginny with her firecracker agent Amelia Slater (Ali Larter) and a strong friendship with her teammate’s wife Evelyn (Meagan Holder). Pitch isn’t just about girl power, but it’s got plenty to offer.

4. It’s an inside look at professional sports

It’s tempting, as fans, to reduce the sport we love to what happens on the field, restricting the narrative to the winners (and losers), but Pitch dives into the business around baseball, from the vise-like pressure of media attention to the front office politics that are so often shrouded in mystery.

Slick general manager Oscar Arguella (Mark Consuelos) covers the ground between team manager Al Luongo (Dan Lauria) and the Padre’s owner, while players carefully observe the shifting values of their team. Winning, Pitch makes clear, is as much a product of what happens off the diamond as on it.

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5. It’s got drama

Pitch does more than use baseball as a backdrop (this isn’t Moneyball writ small), but it’s not just concerned with balls, bats, and cleats. Professionalism only goes so far where major social change is concerned, and the Padres clubhouse quickly becomes a source of tension between Ginny and many of her teammates. That’s in addition to the family drama Ginny brings with her — which, trust us, is a lot more intense than it seems.

6. The music is amazing

Forget “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Opening with a pulse-pounding synth violin, the music of Pitch takes off into a realm of unique, intense, and captivating tunes. Even if Ginny’s badassery doesn’t inspire you to get off your couch, the show’s music just might.

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7. It’s really diverse!

Pitch boasts a diverse cast of characters, reflecting the reality of modern baseball, as well as… well, reality. Ginny herself is African-American, and half the main cast is made up of people of color. It doesn’t seem like race will be a central subject in Pitch, but the show’s makeup is a valuable addition to a television landscape that values representation.

8. It’s deeply psychological

For a show about sports, and therefore, about physical bodies, Pitch takes its time to consider what goes on inside the heads of athletes under pressure. From the fishbowl scrutiny of a stadium full of fans, to the grueling mental toll of becoming the best, Pitch cares as much about what’s going on inside Ginny’s head as what’s going on with her arm.

9. ‘Pitch’ lets us imagine, “What if?”

As it stands today, Pitch is not a realistic series. There are little to no avenues for women to grow in professional baseball; though girls can play Little League, those who wish to pursue the sport are usually shunted to softball.

But Pitch invites us to imagine an unrestricted future for women in baseball. What if a girl had enough talent and grit to make it? What if the system let her through? What if she used finesse instead to succeed in a sport of brute strength?

It’s not a reality yet. But maybe someday life will imitate this truly groundbreaking art.

Pitch premieres tonight at 9:00 p.m. on Fox.

What are you excited to see in ‘Pitch’?

Finally, J.K. Rowling is here to give you the definitive answer to the age old Harry Potter fan question: What is your Patronus?

We got a Hogwarts House quiz. Then we got another Hogwarts House quiz. Then we found our Ilvermorny house, and now — at last — J.K. Rowling’s official Patronus quiz is live on Pottermore.

Note that the quiz parameters are very strictly defined: The quiz itself is timed, and you can only take it once (per account). So make sure you’re ready before you start! Good luck.

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Finally, J.K. Rowling is here to give you the definitive answer to the age old Harry Potter fan question: What is your Patronus?

We got a Hogwarts House quiz. Then we got another Hogwarts House quiz. Then we found our Ilvermorny house, and now — at last — J.K. Rowling’s official Patronus quiz is live on Pottermore.

Note that the quiz parameters are very strictly defined: The quiz itself is timed, and you can only take it once (per account). So make sure you’re ready before you start! Good luck.

When J.K. Rowling took the test a while back, her answer was a pine marten. I actually got this result as well! But apparently, Jo is allowed to take the quiz multiple times (which, you know, fair enough, she did make up this quiz + everything else we’re obsessing about), and this time she got a heron. Anyone else get a heron like Jo?

The quiz results seem to vary greatly. We’re not sure exactly how many different results there are, but other fans are reporting a wide variety of animals lynxes, chow dogs, wildcats, white and chestnut stallions, dolphins, leopards, St Bernard dogs, orangutans, tortoiseshell cats, foxes, weasels… you name it, this quiz has it! Unfortunately Pottermore doesn’t give any information about what these animals represent, though we are to imagine they somehow connect to our happiest memories.

In a press release, Pottermore says there’s more to come about “[the Patronus spell] and its outcomes.” In addition, they’ve confirmed there are magical creatures in the quiz, but they’re rare.

The quiz is very fun, and different from anything else we’ve tried on Pottermore so far. Instead of simply answering questions it’s all very intuitive, as you journey through a forest, and encouraging words (that we like to imagine are from Professor Lupin) about your progress in casting the spell.

Some people will find that the process is relatively straightforward, while others might be prompted to answer a few more questions before they get their final result.

Take the quiz right now, and come back here to share your results in the comments!

What is a Patronus?

In the Harry Potter series, the Patronus is a wispy creature that emerges from a witch or wizard’s wand when they cast the “Expecto Patronum” charm.

The creature serves as a manifestation of your happiest memory, and is summoned to ward off evil forces. It’s very hard to produce a Patronus, and it was therefore very remarkable when Harry learned to do it in his third year, when he used it to save Sirius Black from the Dementors.

Harry Potter’s Patronus is a stag, which was his father James’ Animagus form (the animal he turned into when he transformed). Lily Evans’ Patronus was a doe, which fit perfectly with James’ stag — but as Severus Snape loved Lily, too, his Patronus was also a doe.

In fifth year, Harry taught the Patronus charm to the members of Dumbledore’s Army. Hermione’s was an otter, Ron’s was a Jack Russell terrier, Ginny’s was a horse, Luna’s was a hare, and Cho’s was a swan. Clearly, there are as many different results to the Patronus quiz as there are variations of the charm in the Wizarding World.

Not satisfied with your quiz result?

If J.K. Rowling’s own Patronus quiz didn’t give you the answer you wanted, well… that’s canon for you, right? But we’ve still got a fun alternative: Find out which of these bizarre creatures is your true Patronus, and compare the results!