How many times and ways can we say this is going to Ragnarok? Because, oh my…
I don’t even know where to start with this thing. Cate Blanchett as Hela and that costume? The wicked 80’s titles? Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’? Karl Urban as Skurge with dual machine guns? Mjolnir destroyed? The incredible Hulk, obviously. JEFF GOLDBLUM.
Guys, I love it.
Taika Waititi is the best. If you haven’t seen Hunt for the Wilderpeople or What We Do in the Shadows then please do that. Like, immediately after reading this. Leave work, go home, rent them, buy them, whatever you need to do (Hunt For the Wilderpeople is on Hulu now and one of the best movies of last year). I have faith in him and everything I’ve heard (and now seen) about Thor: Ragnarok only multiplies that. This is going to be the first really* good Thor movie.
I particularly love the color on display here. There’s some very Jack Kirby inspired costume designs and art direction and to see the kings work translated so well to film is a feat on its own. But more than the color is the sense of fun that Ragnarok conveys. Even with Thor beaten, captured, and forced to fight in a gladiatorial arena against none other than his work friend Hulk, it all looks like a blast.
What does Ragnarok mean? Ragnarok is: the final destruction of the world in the conflict between the Aesir and the powers of Hel (or Hela here) led by Loki —called also Twilight of the Gods.
And here’s the official plot synopsis:
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
Here’s the one-sheet poster as well.
It’s colorful and bright and pretty alright. Waititi said on Twitter when posting the poster, “Check out this photo of a bumpy arm surrounded by colours! Orange & Teal is dead. Long live Orange & Green & Red & Yellow and pink.” A wonderfully subtle dig at DC there.
This trailer, I like it! Another! Thor: Ragnarok opens November 3rd.
* To be fair, I rather liked Thor: The Dark World.