Damn, the heads at Marvel sure know how to put together a teaser trailer.
Thor: Ragnarok‘s first official look has been blowing the minds of everyone it plays for, including me. Now, that’s not saying much–considering comics have been a huge foundation of my life–but Thor’s trailers have never compelled me to pre-order my ticket on opening day via Fandango. I love the Norse God just like everyone else, but adapting Asgard and his larger than life storylines hasn’t always been a walk in the park. I’ve always been pushed into watching the films, and when I do, I deeply regret taking so long to do so. Yes, I judge Thor films by their cover. Color me a tough critic. However, this go ’round–Thor’s third solo film–our blonde immortal shattered my cynicism with the hammer of Mjolnir.
What made me cynical in the first place? Many things, my friends. For one, the neon color scheme. I didn’t know if Thor was leaning closer towards campy Batman a la Joel Schumacher or what. I was afraid, very afraid. Second, the hair is gone. Thor’s mane may as well be a key character. I don’t care if his comic story lines have featured the same coif before–I want my Thor designed Chris Hemsworth with hair, and I want him forever. This was the extent of my pity party, which is mostly visual and superficial. Because what Thor always manages to nail, is the complete personality and depth of its characters, as well as the universe of Asgard. Who better to play the roster of characters than the established cast? You don’t get much more machismo, charm, stubborness and comedy from anyone else like Chris Hemsworth. Anthony Hopkins is Odin through and through. Idris Elba makes me think he is Heimdall in another universe. And last but not last, who is more Loki than Tom Hiddleston? No one. With his portrayal as of one of the most beloved villains aside from The Joker, the ol’ boy makes me question my moral compass every time.
With that said, I pressed play, but not with high expectations. What I got exceeded every hope I set aside. It was all that and more. Humor. High Stakes–hello, crushed Mjolnir! Killer action scenes set in space, and a banging soundtrack of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.”
The vibes are very Guardians of the Galaxy, but still fresh and unique. I mean, they had the guts to begin the trailer with, “Now I know what you’re thinking, ‘how did this happen?’Well, it’s a long story.” And lest I forget, Hulk–whom was last seen chucking the deuces at Black Widow and soaring into the clouds in Avengers:Age of Ultron–will have an integral role. This is very intriguing, seeing as Thor and the green behemoth have had such a love/hate relationship with one another. No one can challenge one like the other can, and for this reason, they continue to attract each other like magnets while existing together like oil and vinegar. But the sheer joy in Thor’s face once he sees that the people Ragnarok have made Hulk his opponent in a gladiator-esque match–as he shouts, “Yes! I know him! He’s a friend from work!”–is what tops the trailer for all. Director Taika Waititi has praised Hemsworth’s comedic performance in the film that’ll take the two Avengers on a road trip, stating, “He’s so good and underutilized in that department. He’s legitimately one of the funniest things in this film.”
Alright, alright, that’s enough of my fangirl glee. Get a look at Thor: Ragnarok for yourself in the trailer below to decide whether or not you’re game to see it on November 3rd, 2017.