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Marvel vs. DC? Nonsense. Thor: Ragnarok is a testament of how far, and experienced, Marvel’s point of view is for its characters.
Thor: The Dark World was by far the only other misfire in Marvel’s personal stable (not counting the Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and X-Men movies, from 20th Century Fox and Sony). The mistake was rectified effortlessly, now that Marvel has learned a lot from director Joss Whedon and Jon Favreau – the lighter tone of these director’s movies (Avengers and Age of Ultron, Iron Man 1 to 3) helped define and build the exact audience who would respond to each film they produce.
Also, let’s not dismiss the fact that each of their movies – Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and even Spider-Man: Homecoming – are excellent, diversions fuelled by an unprecedented level of exuberance.
If you’ve loved any of those last few movies, you will unabashedly love Thor: Ragnarok, which features the destruction of Thor’s fabled hammer, and then the obliteration of their home-realm of Asgard (Ragnarok, as a Norse fable, is about the end of that realm).
The movie also features Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) – one of the elite fighters from Asgard’s all-women army; the trans-dimensional gatekeeper Heimdall (Idris Elba); Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)… as if you didn’t know that already.
Others in the cast include Cate Blanchett (as the world destroying villain Hela), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Karl Urban (Skurge) and Jeff Goldblum as the million or so year old Grandmaster.
Screenwriters Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, director Taika Waititi and producer Kevin Feige have their fingers on the pulse – and they ain’t letting go. Thor: Ragnarok is a mix between delivering headache-relieving awesomeness to the audience, and at the same time having fun on the set.
One can see it on the cast’s face. And if the makers are having fun, why shouldn’t we?
FYI: I need not tell you the story. The trailers tell you enough – and that’s exactly what one should expect.
Thor: The Dark World was by far the only other misfire in Marvel’s personal stable. The mistake was rectified effortlessly, now that Marvel has learned a lot from director Joss Whedon and Jon Favreau