During a very successful SDCC, Marvel Entertainment has gone ahead and shared a new trailer for its upcoming November film Thor: Raganrok, one of the last remaining titles before the series’ large scale Infinity War event. Following the mixed reception to the character’s last solo outing Thor: The Dark World (2013), it seems that the studio along with director Taika Watiti (What We Do In The Shadows) have opted to take Thor’s third movie in a new direction, freshening up the look and feel (and also the haircut).
Thor 3 marks the MCU’s 17th title and follows yet another good performer in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first big collaboration between Marvel and Sony. No doubt, the movie will contain some ties to Avengers: Infinity War, most likely towards the end of the film, giving us an idea of where the characters are at the start of the big event.
The first full-length trailer for Ragnarok really pushed the new tone of the film and its emphasis on humour, its vibrant visual pallet and fast-paced action sequences. For many fans, the big takeaway was the gladiator match between Thor and the Hulk, but the newly released trailer indicates that the incredible green beast is not necessarily aware of his actions.
Official Synopsis and Trailer:
“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!”
Recent reports indicate that Thor 3 will be a shorter film, and judging by this trailer it’s easy to see that being the case. It looks as though the main story beats begin with Asgard being attacked by the freed Godess of Death Hela (Blanchett) and, with Odin unavailable, Thor is ultimately unable to defend his homeworld and is cast out, landing on Sakaar where he is placed in the ring with the Hulk. He and Banner (plus a few others including loki) then head back to Asgard to take on Hela and whatever forces she may bring, most notably we see Hulk jumping into battle with Surtur the Fire Demon who is one of Odin’s most formidable enemies in the comics, at the end of the trailer.
Though the movie is short in length, it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a lack of ideas here and it may all add up to a very concise finished product. Certainly Thor: Ragnarok appears to be one of the most adventurous and entertaining titles of the MCU so far.
Thor: Ragnarok arrives in theatres October 26th.