Disclosure: I was invited to a complimentary screening of THOR: RAGNAROK for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.
I’m going to start with a confession. Thor is my second to least favorite Avenger. I never disliked him; he was just kind of stiff and formal and one-dimensional. He was just so very “I AM THE GOD OF THUNDER.”
My least favorite? The Hulk. Who is also in this movie. I have serious Hulk issues that I may get into at a future date.
So, while I was looking forward to this movie, I wasn’t expecting what I got.
Here are all the (spoiler-free) surprises in store for you with THOR: RAGNAROK
Y’all. It’s Funny.
I had seen the trailer. The part with “He’s a friend from work”. That was funny. But the whole movie? Laughs throughout. I had read that after Guardians of the Galaxy was released, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) wanted the third installment of the Thor series to be much more lighthearted and humorous. This delivered, in a big way. This had more of a “Guardians” feel to it. It was sometimes irreverent in an “Iron Man” vein.
The First Leading Female Marvel Film Villain
Cate Blanchett is the first leading female villain in the Marvel films to date. Hela is formidable. Strong and calculating. Blanchett is just fun to watch.
We have seen a grunting, monosyllabic Hulk prior to THOR: RAGNAROK. This time? He still has his Caveman-like feel, but he’s putting out actual conversation. Natasha would be pleased.
This one did it, y’all. I’ve never been on Team Loki. He was just kind of too pretty and too prissy for me. However. Not sure if it’s because they let his hair down a little bit (literally, it’s yummy) or it’s the lighter tone of the movie. But you see a dynamic between Thor and Loki that you previously didn’t; it’s not such a black and white relationship anymore.
Much like New Coke, I was not sure I liked New Thor. Even though his previous incarnation was not my cup of tea, I’m not big on change. I wasn’t prepared for a less formal, more sarcastic Thor. My OCD was twitchy, like this was some kind of violation of the Marvel Universe.
Unlike New Coke, I got over myself and decided to embrace New Thor. He is more down to earth and there is plenty of room in this new guy for a sense of humor and a larger dose of humanity.
What do these changes mean for the Marvel Universe?
Previously, you needed to be a comics and / or super hero nerd to fully appreciate the latest Marvel movie. The initial movies had a loftier, more serious tone. Slowly, the movies have added more humor. Fleshed out the characters more. Iron Man’s Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff have always been snappy and irreverent. But we’ve seen Cap lighten up. Hawkeye has become less creepy intense. Paul Rudd’s Ant Man was brilliantly relatable.
What this means is more fans. More people that might not otherwise be drawn to Marvel movies. My three boys and I are ride or die about seeing every single Marvel movie. My husband, not so much. After he watched the first Guardians of the Galaxy, though, he was hooked and was all in about seeing GOTGVol2. He pretty much haaated Thor in the first movie. But I’m going to encourage him to give Thor another shot with THOR: RAGNAROK.
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THOR: RAGNAROK opens in theaters everywhere November 3rd!