After a strong start in his debut solo movie, Thor stumbled badly in the sequel “Thor: The Dark World”. Both the character and the entire film itself. For his third outing, Marvel Studios has changed directors to New Zealander Taiki Waititi. I love this guy’s work. He’s brilliant at comedy. Which was the very thing that worried me about him taking the helm. Would the movie be too jokey, like some Marvel movies tend to be?
Now, the first teaser trailer has dropped, and most of my fears have been allayed. “Thor: Ragnarok” looks like it will deal out some serious, heavy stakes for our hero. Not least of which is removing from him his most valued weapon, Mjolnir. It’s a genuinely surprising moment in the trailer, and it comes courtesy of what could be a villain(ess) to rival Loki. Cate Blanchett plays Hela, the Asgardian Goddess of Death, and not only does she come across like a total badass, she looks kinda hot too (in a Goth sorta way). Of course, this being a Marvel flick, the humour will always be a mainstay, and we get a truly hilarious gag right at the end. Chris Hemsworth sells the hell outta that gag.
Also, it looks very much like the design cues are echoing “Guardians Of The Galaxy” in its vivid colour scheme and slightly campy fashions. Love the use of the retro font too. Very 80s.
Here’s the official synopsis: “In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!
Thor: Ragnarok will feature the return of Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder himself, with Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Sir Anthony Hopkins again portraying Odin. The film also stars Cate Blanchett as the death-obsessed Hela, Tessa Thompson as hero Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as the eccentric Grandmaster and Karl Urban as Skurge. Also among the cast is Sam Neill, reuniting with Taika Waititi, who directed him in his previous film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and his Jurassic Park co-star Jeff Goldblum. Finally, as teased at the end of his solo film, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will team with the God of Thunder to deal with Loki.”
“Thor: Ragnarok” is produced by Kevin Feige, written by Stephany Folsom, Craig Kyle, Eric Pearson and Christopher Yost. It premieres 3rd November.