You can skip the second Thor movie. It's pretty much the worst of the MCU movies. Loki is pretty much the highpoint.
Honestly, the only real reason to see it is because there is a tie in (pretty much the whole plot) to the Infinity stones storyline. So, if only so you can avoid wondering "when/where the heck did that one come from?". I watched it the first time, and it was "ok". Basically has zero re-watchability factor though. I think I tried to do so once (cause, you know, sucker, and I buy them all on bluray), and fell asleep through the last half or so.
As to Inhumans, It was a lot better than I thought. Agree with the whole bit about Maximus. Not only being completely different than in the books, but just not making any sense at all. I mean, I get his motivations, sorta. What I don't get is why anyone at all would follow him. You've got an entire society, which, while caste based and not so great, is divided up and very strongly defined by what powers you get from teragenesis. So the lower caste resents the ruling class. I get it. But Maximus has the worst of both worlds (in this version of him anyway). He has no powers, which should make him lower than the lowest tunnel digger, yet, due to his brother being the king, he gets to live in the palace with the royals and other important people. That's not usually a formula for someone who could endear support among the angry downtrodden masses (who don't get a pass because of who they are related to), yet it's just kinda hand waved that he somehow has. Then there's the issue of the royal guards apparently also choosing to support him over their king. Something that's also just hand waved, with zero explanation.
Maybe future episodes will explain all of that. I hope so. But "don't really agree with our king continuing a policy that we've been following since the dawn of our civilization" doesn't seem like enough motivation for what happened.
A friend of mine had a negative reaction to Black Bolt. He thought he was too passive and stiff. IMO though that was the perfect portrayal of the character. That's exactly
how he is in the comics. He's always shown as just standing or sitting, almost in the background, while everyone else talks, yells, argues, etc, around him, waits to make sure he's making the right choice, and then acts. Near perfect performance. Heck, the whole bit in the store buying/stealing clothes was great. Of course he just walks out in his new clothes, why would paying for something even enter his mind? Very good. The rest of the cast? Ranged from "good" to "ok". Nothing else stood out too glaringly. I didn't see Karnak as being too off the source. Over time, the books did develop his abilities to the point where they were more or less superhuman. He could calculate real world actions and reactions like a game of chess, and that's essentially how they portrayed him. I saw the graphic stuff just as how he sees the world. A bit jarring the first couple times, but after awhile it was ok.
Gifted was good too. Still getting going, but pretty darn good for a one hour pilot. I couldn't help but notice that the family name was Strucker, presumably a reference to von Strucker, which was a B plot villain back in the day, with two children with mutant powers. The girl could project force fields and the boy could blast stuff (or was it the other way around?). I'm assuming there's no actual connection, but it is interesting that they chose that name, with two children, one male and one female. Dunno. Just jumped out at me.
Was that one guy supposed to be Warpath? I thought he had the correct powerset. Didn't look very native American to me though. I guess they didn't want to be too stereotypical with their actors? Not that that's super important, but he did have strength and enhanced perception, tracking abilities, etc. So that fits. Everything else was pretty decent. We're just getting into the plot, so it's hard to say where things will go. Seemed like a good start though. Edited, Oct 3rd 2017 5:05pm by gbaji