If you know me, you know that when they announced back in 2014 that the third Thor movie would be titled Ragnarok, I pretty much lost it. Ragnarok, in Norse Mythology, is the end days of Asgard – the entire place and its inhabitants go out in a blaze of glory. Little tidbits and castings have come out here and there for the next Thor-venture; and just when DC thinks they did something moderately well with their Justice League (2017) trailer (David thought less of it), Marvel comes in swinging for the fences and drops a surprise teaser for Thor: Ragnarok (2017) on this fine and 57-degree Monday. No teaser for the teaser; no five second snippet during a commercial break for the Red Sox leading to a drawn out and over-revealing three-minute trailer, just, “Good morning, here’s a teaser for the new Thor, hope you enjoy.”
AHHHHHHHH, AHH!!! I haven’t seen a good use of “Immigrant Song” since the Trent Reznor remix in the trailer for Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). Immediately this looks unlike any of the previous Thor movies. From what I’ve gathered, Thor won’t be anywhere near Earth and that is awesome. Even in the comics, Thor on Earth is a boring Thor. The first Thor movie, which mostly took place in what looked like the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in El Paso, met the bare minimum of a Marvel origin story. Thor: The Dark World (2013) was great when everything was on Asgard. Once they moved the final act to London, my interest quickly started to fade. Ragnarok certainly looks like Thor’s version of Iron Man 3 (2013), but the difference is Tony Stark has a legion of Iron Man suits. Thor only has one hammer and Cate Blanchett’s Hela decides to destroy it in the first ten seconds of this trailer. NOT ONLY CAN SHE LIFT THIS THING – Something TWO people in this entire universe have done – but she destroys it too?! With the most evil-looking grin on her face, no less! I’ve watched this villain on-screen, in a teaser, for ten seconds and I’m already convinced she’s the baddest person in the universe. Thor with no hammer away from Earth, where he’s overpowered as Hell? Perfect. You know what’s more perfect? The fact that Hela looks like she’s about to burn Asgard to the ground even if it means she’s queen of the ashes.
Not only am I excited for Blanchett, but Tessa Thompson is one of the most underrated working actors right now after seeing her stand out in Selma (2014) and Creed (2015), and while Marvel movies aren’t “the purest of kinos,” it’s great that she is getting more recognition. Just about every character reveal fired me up in this trailer. Jeff Goldblum somehow snuck his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who isn’t cool with that. Even Tom Hiddelston is returning as Loki! Yes, this is Hiddelston’s fourth turn now as Loki, but we haven’t seen him on screen for three years. Unlike Robert Downey Jr. showing up in every Marvel movie to reach his contract quota, I’m actually excited for the return of Loki since we have hardly any clue what he’s been up to since [SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THOR: THE DARK WORLD AND ARE READING THIS FOR WHATEVER REASON?] he seemingly killed Odin at the end of The Dark World to sit on the throne himself. Same can be said for the return of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk.
Of course, Gladiator Hulk as the final reveal gave Thor and viewers the same reaction: “YES!” Hulk in gladiator armor is a direct reference to the Planet Hulk storyline from the comics. Since they most definitely won’t cover the story verbatim, I’m very curious what happened to Banner [SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN AGE OF ULTRON AND ARE STILL READING THIS?] between abandoning the Avengers at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and becoming a gladiator, galaxies away from Earth.
Thor has a new look, he’s completely out of his element, and Robert Downey Jr. isn’t in this movie. As far as I’m concerned, this looks to be a hit… based off one teaser trailer. The retro title scheme they have going on is beautiful, and like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), this looks to be a colorful, even self-aware, adventure filled with interesting characters with a variety of personalities that takes a step back from the Infinity Stones, and S.H.I.E.L.D., and beams in the sky that cause certain doom, and Robert Downey Jr. Like any trailer, I have to take it with a grain of salt; but I honestly can’t help but be excited for this – especially when Warner Bros. thinks they solved the super hero bubble with a trailer for Justice League.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) hits theaters November 3rd, 2017 (and it can’t come soon enough).