As much as I hate spoilers, watching the first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok has completely obliterated my expectations of how far the Marvel Cinematic Universe will go to please fans. The studio still has some tricks up its sleeve, providing here the burst of energy needed to re-invigorate the God of Thunder’s spark. Be forewarned that if you are a spoiler-phobe and have not clicked play yet, I would suggest leaving this page right now before temptation kicks in.
So why did I watch the trailer if I hate spoilers? Simply put, the Thor movies, along with the solo Hulk film, have never been on the same wavelength as the rest of the MCU. They’ve always been shunned away to some corner as a weird Shakespearean space drama while the Guardians of the Galaxy get to have their fun and the heroes of Earth are more grounded in reality. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), himself, has been excellent in both appearances with the Avengers, but his standalone films have yet to leave a lasting mark on the MCU aside from providing folks with more Tom Hiddleston. With all that said, I didn’t really have a care in the world to what I would come to find in the Thor: Ragnarok trailer and I wanted to be blown away.
And blown away I have been.
Everything shown in the trailer is far and away nothing like we’ve ever seen before from a standalone Thor movie. There’s finally a sense of personality and world building that felt missing without having exposition dumped on us about realms and rainbow bridges. Additionally, Thor: Ragnarok has a certain aesthetic that plays into the whole ’80s vibe it has going for it with the practical effects and costume design; not to mention the rock ballad of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” I believe we can all give thanks to director Taika Waititi (What We Do In he Shadows; Hunt for the Wilderpeople) who brings in his quirky sensibilities and unique eye for character.
We also get our first look at Cate Blanchett in action in all her glory. Cast as Hela, the smudged eye shadow and dark hair looks incredible, and then adding on the spike headdress is the icing on the cake. She looks absolutely wicked. Then there’s Jeff Goldblum who couldn’t be any more Jeff Goldblum-y with the neon outfit and fantastic make-up. And of course there’s the end of the trailer with Thor meeting up with his old chum Hulk that speaks for itself.
Just shut up and take my money now Marvel.
In describing the movie’s first poster, according to a Tweet from Waititi, “Orange & Teal is dead. Long live Orange & Green & Red & Yellow and Pink.” Check it out below:
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Thor: Ragnarok, courtesy of Marvel Studios:
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 gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk! “Thor: Ragnarok” thunders into U.S. theaters on November 3, 2017.
Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkions. The film is set to release on November 3, 2017.
Source: Marvel Entertainment