THOR: RAGNAROK || Marvel’s gone retro. At least if you look at the two releases this year, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and now Thor: Ragnarok. Both have a title treatment style that goes back to the ’80s and both feature music from the past, with Guardians having a theme of classic rock throughout and Thor featuring Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song” which was released in the ’70s.
In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has met a worthy adversary that destroys his hammer. The villain is emo-looking Cate Blanchett who plays the all-powerful Hela, the Goddess of Death, who, in the comics, was given rulership over the dead by Odin. Also, in the comics, Ragnarok was a cyborg clone of Thor, created by Ton Stark (Iron Man), Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic), and Hank Pym (Ant-Man), that eventually turned on everyone, but there is no mention of that in this particular teaser. The Ragnarok that is being referenced in the title is probably the more literal one of Norse mythology which speaks of:
“a series of future events, including a great battle, foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdallr, and Loki), the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water.”
This teaser delves into Hela taking over Asgard and Thor being banished to planet Sakaar, where a man called Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) pits Thor against his former friend of the Avengers, The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in a gladiator battle. Thor not only loses his hammer but his blonde locks, as he has short-hair for the film. During production, this particular film was being described as an intergalactic buddy road comedy, so we shall see how that plays out in Thor’s adventure back to the Asgardian realm. Tessa Thompson also appears, playing Valkryrie, an Asgardian who has formed an alliance with Grandmaster while on Sakaar. Tom Hiddleston reprises his villainous role as Loki, Thor’s brother, and Benedict Cumberbatch, as promised in the after-credits sequence in the Doctor Strange film, will reprise his role as well.
Taika Waititi, star and director of What We Do In The Shadows, takes the helm and promises to bring out Chris Hemsworth’s comedic abilities, which he states have not quite been tapped to their potential. The comedy is already shown in the trailer, as Thor lights up when Hulk appears, joyfully addressing the fact that he’s a “friend from work.” Personally, the comedy of Marvel films is wearing thin for me and the fact that the retro style is being repeated across films is a little off-putting, but I will hold my judgment until I see the film.
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Directed By: Taika Waititi
Studio: Marvel Studios