Deep breaths Thor fangirls/boys…we got to have faith!
Okay, so change is hard to deal with and let’s just stay the past six months has been a wee bit rough, am I right? So when Marvel via Entertainment Weekly released the first images for the upcoming November release of the third installment of the Thor franchise, Thor: Ragnarok, it took me by surprise and several hours to fully comprehend what I was looking at!
Now I have been a diehard Thor fan since Thor (2011) came out and sure the film had its flaws but I adore the shit out of the film and freaking Kenneth Branagh! Now Thor: The Dark World was a little more difficult to love BUT Papa Skars does run around naked so it helps set up other shorelines. And we all have to admit that until Guardians, Thor was the comic relief of the MCU and the franchise secretly knew it but it seems that Ragnarok (thanks to director Taika Waititi) is now fully embracing the comic book comedy.
First, let’s look at the cover and my first freak out:
Cate Blanchett as Hela, the Goddess of Death – I am LITERALLY living for this right now! Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, more, please. Oh, and who is that dashing man…THOR – with short hair. WHAT!?
Yep, Thor has got a Disney Prince makeover and they have chopped off his beautiful golden locks and this was my reaction!
In addition to the hair cut, Thor is rocking an all-new look, missing a helmet (but that really isn’t new for this franchise) and his Mjolnir. But this all may have to do with Thor being sent to Sakaar which Chris Hemsworth describes as, “basically where every wormhole across the universe dumps out its trash, so you get people from all walks of life with all sorts of incredible abilities and powers.”
Thor’s new space Braveheart look may have a lot to do with his stay or entrapment on Sakaar thanks to Hela. “No one cares what prince or king Thor may have been in another world. Also, his strength is pretty easily matched with those he finds himself amongst,” Hemsworth told EW.
As I continued to progress through the additional stills released today, I was starting to pick up what Marvel was putting down.
“Taika has such a quirky, left-of-field sense of humor, which forced all the characters and the tone of the whole story to head in a new direction. Each day we were like, ‘Are we pushing it too far? Are we allowed to have this much fun?” Hemsworth noted about working with director Taika Waititi.
Taika Waititi had this to say about the film, “I think sometimes people mistake a tonal shift as ‘We’re just going to make some ridiculous broad comedy where no one gives a s— what happens and everyone gets stoned and sits around talking about saving the universe.’ We want people to care what happens and care that the hero succeeds. I think tonally it’s like a slight shift. I don’t feel nervous — I feel good about it.”
Now we have some new faces in this film but say hello to Loki and Hulk (the film is adding concepts from Planet Hulk since we will never get another solo Hulk film).
There is just one thing I am trying to understand…this still:
Why, why did we do this to Jeff Goldblum?
Well, that is all for now, we will chat again once the trailer comes out!
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters this November!