Marvel’s 16th film in its ongoing MCU canon, Thor: Ragnarok, is hastily approaching its cinematic debut and the first reactions to the film are now appearing on the web. A whole host of top journalists and industry commentators were able to see the new film early with the social media embargo for the God of Thunder’s third outing being lifted shortly after.
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Thor: Ragnarok has presented itself as a colourful revamp for the Asguardian franchise right from the get go with each of its respective posters and trailers teasing an all-new cosmic adventure that looks to pack in as much humour as it does action. Chris Hemsworth, now sporting a short hairdo and gladiatorial attire, will lead a glorious cast that includes the likes of Tom Hiddleston (returning as Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk/Bruce Banner), Cate Blanchett (Hela), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) and Jeff Goldblum (Grand Master). They follow the creative vision of director Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows) whose eye for the comedic is practically unmatched in Hollywood today. In fact, Marvel Studios itself has placed a huge amount of trust in Waititi as Thor 3 is said to mark somewhat of a stylistic and tonal change for the cinematic universe as a whole moving forward. Given that the movie is one of the two remaining titles before the franchise’s largest project yet, Infinity War, which many fans are more than excited for, that seems a very bold move (worthy of a hero) indeed.
The film’s marketing has already shown glimpses of a number of the the threequel’s main set pieces such as the arrival of Hela: The Godess of Death to Asguard, Thor’s showdown with the Hulk and a subsequent team-up of the two along with recurring antagonist Loki and Valyrie for a final battle against Hela and her forces. The question is, does the movie live up to its super high expexctations?
The initial reactions from various pundits who were shown an early screening of Ragnarok seem to confidently proclaim that it does:
Thor 3‘s lighter & brighter look and feel can be put down to the lukewarm reception of the first two Thor films, perhaps the second – Thor: The Dark World – more so than the first, and checking out these reactions it seems as though Waititi has created a much more enjoyable movie experience here. Another departure from previous entries in the trilogy is the inclusion of the MCU‘s first female villain in Cate Blanchett’s Hela who comes across as a much more intimidating foe for Thor and co. to face (when compared to the second film’s Malekith the Dark Elf). Of course, there’s also Tessa Thomspson’s Valkyrie who looks to be arguably more heroic than Thor himself in the trailers for the film, and some of the comments above testify to that.
Ragnarok‘s overall success is not going to be decided to these reactions and future reviews, as Marvel has developed a film formula that the average moviegoer trusts enough to see its movies anyway, but good word of mouth will still give it the additional momentum to fly higher than its predecessors at the box office. The movie’s review embargo lifts on October 19th, so we can understand just how strong an entry Thor 3 really is then.
Thor: Ragnarok flies into theatres October 27th.