Thor: Ragnarok’s First Teaser Brings Comedy Into the Arena


Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

After millions of voices screamed in terror after seeing Chris Hemsworth’s new haircut for the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok film, Marvel has surprised us with a teaser trailer. The trailer was short and gave us glimpses into the new world and characters. One of the biggest highlights was Cate Blanchett’s character, Hela. Blanchett reeks of sexual appeal with her punk rocker look and seductive voice. We have no idea what her motivations are, but we know that she is immensely powerful. In one scene, Thor proceeds to throw his hammer at Hela, only to have her stop it in midair and break it. That’s no ordinary power she has, so I’m wondering if an Infinity Stone is the reason behind it (if it’s a Marvel film, Infinity Stones are always to blame).

Thor then gets captured my mysterious beings and dragged away by Valkyrie (a badass Tessa Thompson), a mysterious Norse warrior. He’s brought to the very flamboyant Grand Master (Jeff Goldblum) and is simply referred to as “a contender.” Thor’s luscious locks are shaved off and he’s given a sword and shield to participate in gladiator-like events.

Who might his opponent be? Who is tough enough to take on the strongest man in Asgard? Sporting classic Norse armor, Thor’s old buddy, The Incredible Hulk steps in the arena, looking green and mean. Comedy ensues when Thor cheers that he’s going up against his friend. “He’s a friend from work!” he happily cheers to the audience. Unfortunately, Bruce can’t comprehend this joyous reunion and proceeds to attack him like a caged animal.

From the look of this trailer, fans are disappointed saying that this looks like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 rather than a new Thor film . Yes, this movie has an entirely different feel than the previous installment, but I think that’s a great thing. The last two films were okay, but their tones were too uneven. Hollywood has been trying to make Hemsworth an action star with little success. Taika Waititi is embracing Hemsworth’s comedic range. Waititi has already told us that Thor: Ragnarok will be more of a buddy-cop film, which works perfectly with his style. Waititi uses comedy cleverly but still manages to create a great story.

Thor and  Thor: The Dark World have been my least favorite Marvel movies thus far. Fortunately, I may actually like this one.

Thor: Ragnarok will be released on November 3rd, 2017.

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