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A Look Back at Thor: Ragnarok

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Another addition to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), Thor: Ragnarok is the third installment to the Thor trilogy. Lead actor, Chris Hemsworth, returns to the big screen as the “God of Thunder”. He faces off against his sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), the goddess of death. Thor is taken as a slave on the planet of Sakaar where he finds Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) as the champion for the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Their Thor battles Hulk, finds Loki, and recruits his love interest, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). They then return to Asgard and face off against Hela to free the people of Asgard.

After having two films in this trilogy that have bombed in the box-office, Thor: Ragnarok is a fresh comedic perspective on this beloved character. Along with a couple new co-stars the films energy seems so much more driven than the last two iterations. Director Taika Waititi, is a newcomer to Marvel but no stranger to directing comedies. “Over 80% of the film was improvised”, said the director. This free reign on a big budget film gave the actors and director a fresh perspective on the characters, which led it to box-office glory!

The film did leave the audience with a couple of questions, though. Where’s Sif? Whose ship did we see in the end credits? Will Thor get his hammer back? In the film, when Hela first arrives on Asgard she easily decimates Thor’s companions. But what about Sif? The actress told Yahoo in a recent interview that there was scheduling issues between the film and her TV show Blindspot. Kevin Feige, Marvel’s executive, also gave a reason for her mysterious disappearance. He hinted that perhaps Loki banished Sif between movies in order to secure his power on the throne as Odin. Basically Marvel made up some good excuses not to include this character into the film.  

In the end credits we see a large ship loom over Thor’s vessel. Whose ship is that? Take a guess…Thanos’ ship. Yep, the big purple guy we have seen since the first Avenger’s film is almost ready to take on all the MCU characters in one big colossal showdown. This easter egg left the audience either confused or foaming at the mouth for Avengers: Infinity War in April. Some have speculated that in the leaked footage of the new trailer that Thanos might destroy what’s left of  the Asgardian people. We’ll have to see.

Mjolnir, Thor’s magic hammer, was crushed in Hela’s grip at the beginning of the film. A lot of fans might be disappointed, but Thor has lost and regained his hammer in a comic series before. So the possibility of him doing the same in the films is more than likely. But even if he didn’t he’s still the “God of Thunder” and only needed the hammer to help him channel his true strength. Plus it’s interesting seeing a character grow and have to use new tactics. That’s just my two cents.

This film is now one of my top five favorite Marvel films and if you’ve seen it I bet you’ll agree! What did you think about the movie? Leave some comments about the best and worst parts of Thor: Ragnarok. I’d love to know what you guys have to say!

 

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