Thor: Ragnarok is like eating Pop Rocks while playing Atari surrounded by beautiful people.
But the newest installment in the Thor franchise not only leaves the Guardians fighting for the title of wittiest Marvel film but marks a rebirth for both Thor and Asgard.
Though Ragnarok is breathing new life into the Marvel franchise, I would like to take a moment defending (yet, again) the 2011 Thor film directed by Kenneth Branagh which I LOVED (including the Dutch angles). While the 2011 film was nowhere near as technicolor and laugh out loud funny as Ragnarok, Thor did realize that the character’s origin story was a bit odd even with a world of aliens, super soldiers, and billionaires. Thor was Shakespearean, theatrical, and humorous finding a unique place within the MCU. And then something happened, we forgot how ridiculously perfect Thor was cause he was too busy babysitting his brother who keeps trying to ruin everything!
Thanks to Taika Waititi, the reworking of the character of Thor, and new cast members, Thor fans finally get to see how the character should have been represented this whole time. Giving us hope that the Son of Odin will find a perfect new home for future stories!
So now that I have made my peace with Past Thor, let’s look forward and chat about this film!
Warning: Spoilers Below!
The Liberation of Thor and The Hulk
Much like how Bruce Banner who hides so much of who he is to the world, it seemed like over the years Thor and Bruce/Hulk were hiding behind the big personalities in the Avengers. Not sure where Thor fit in without Loki and not really knowing what to do at all with Bruce/Hulk – these two characters were lost. That is until we found them on a planet far away from either character’s home fighting each other in a gladiator game with a colorful Grandmaster (played perfectly by Jeff Goldblum) acting as the puppet master.
Far away from the witty Tony Stark one-liners, the justice demanding Captain America, and the moral compass Black Widow – Thor and Bruce were able to be themselves. Proving that together and even solo they are just as funny, captivating, and intelligent as their friends from work. Ragnarok lets us explore the personality of Bruce more, hopefully proving that he can do more than just smash in future films. While Ragnarok allows us to rebuild the character of Thor who is not only a champion for his people but one funny guy! Hopefully, Ragnarok will now be the foundation for the future of Thor and Hulk.
The Taika Waititi Effect
Along with the liberation of Thor and The Hulk you can also say that the Thor franchise has gone through an evolution thanks to director Taika Waititi.
One can assume that Marvel was hoping that the New Zealand born indie director, Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), would be bringing something fresh to Thor in the same way Rian Johnson energized The Last Jedi. One could also assume this was the hopes that Marvel had for Edgar Wright who SHOULD HAVE been the director of Ant-Man (sorry ride or die!). And from the moment we were introduced to Thor’s roommate Darryl in a short YouTube video, we could tell that Thor: Ragnarok was going to be tonally different then what we have been seeing.
Waititi was able to make a comic book film that actually felt like a comic book film. Mixing comedy, drama, family issues, and a kind of happy ending – this is what a film about a demigod from outer-space should feel like. Cut the brooding bullshit and give me action and a rock score!
One Hela of a Villain!
We need more female villains and not just ones that are in Disney Princess films! I mean HOLY F*!K wasn’t Cate Blanchett perfect?!
I mean, most of the time I do sympathize with the villain (I am fully aware this may mean I need some kind of therapy) but from what Hela was selling maybe Odin was a dick! I am just hoping that if freaking Loki can keep popping back up that this is not the last time we see Hela!
Now I am not going to sit here and pretend that Ragnarok was perfect – though it was pretty damn close – and I still believe with all my heart that Winter Soldier is the BEST Marvel film. And while Ragnarok almost reached pure perfection there were somethings that bugged me. So let’s break down those flaws…
So not only did you take away Thor’s golden locks now he is missing a damn eye! I mean I get the symbolism to the loss of the eye but come on!
What’s Her Name
Now no one in this whole world would argue that Valkyrie is a badass! But her name is never mentioned in the film! So Valkyrie is/was a member of the Valkyrior, warrior goddesses of Asgard. And while both Thor and Loki identify her as a member of Valkyrior they never call her Valkyrie or for that matter her actual name, Brunnhilde (based off of comic book history). So yea, one step forward two steps back!
The Redemption Tour of Loki
I am sick of Loki! Thor seems to be sick of Loki too, he makes comments several times about how predictable Loki’s betrayal will be. Either get rid of Loki or stop with all the flip-flopping – we are over it and smarter than this storyline!
The Set Up!
So the mid-credit scene means something like it is kind of a BIG DEAL!
While Thor and Loki chat about Thor’s decision to go to Earth a MASSIVE ship appears! Marvel Studios boss man, Kevin Feige, has confirmed that the ship is Sanctuary II which means it belongs to the Big Bad – Thanos! THE DRAMA!
Okay, so what does this mean? We have yet to see the trailer for Infinity War that dropped during NYCC but if you recall there is footage for a passed out Thor floating in space being “saved” by The Guardians of the Galaxy.
So since we can only assume at this point we can assume that Thanos blows up the ship that Thor, Loki, and the remaining Asgard people are on. Hopefully, Loki took the Tesseract (one of the Infinity Stones) and used it to save himself, the people, and The Hulk.
And that is what we know!
Thor: Ragnarok is now playing EVERYWHERE!