Thor So Far…
The Thor franchise has been the most underwhelming Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) series to-date. Thor (2011) was a very solid movie, but I would rank it as the 9th best (out of 16) MCU film. Thor: The Dark World (2013) was a very disappointing movie. In fact, it’s the worst (16th) MCU movie in my humble opinion thus far. Thor: Ragnarok looks like it will easily best its predecessors in terms of goodness.
What To Like About Ragnarok
- Lighter Tone. The trailer is upbeat. The colors are bright. And the humor is abundant. Considering how forgettable The Dark World is, this lighter tone is refreshing and welcome.
- Dark World. As I stated earlier, this movie is the worst MCU flick to-date. I am confident that Marvel Studios will get the third installment right. At a minimum, it has to be better than The Dark World, right?
- Jeff Goldblum. From the remake of The Fly to Jurassic Park to Independence Day, Goldblum has been a sci-fi staple during my lifetime. It’s only fitting that he’s bringing his considerable acting talent and comic timing to this franchise.
- Infinity War. Earlier this year, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 set the tone for upcoming inter-galactic battles. I expect this film to fit seamlessly into Avengers: Infinity War and lay easter eggs for MCU films to come.
- Loki Return. Excluding the recent, stellar performance by Michael Keaton as the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tom Hiddleston’s performance as Loki has been the best MCU villain by far. He hasn’t appeared since The Dark World. Welcome back prodigal son of Odin!
- Enter Valkyrie. I’m very interested in seeing how this character is integrated into the movie. In the trailer she at first appears to be a foe. But then later on, she seems like a friend. I’m looking forward to her character arc.
- Talking Hulk. Need I say more?
- Cate Blanchett. Man, she’s a really great actress. Score one for Marvel in landing her to play Hela. I wouldn’t be shocked if she joins the aforementioned Hiddleston and Keaton as Marvel’s finest movie villains.
- Mjonir Destroyed? Speaking of Blanchett, she or someone at Marvel has got some explaining to do. They’re going to have to explain this!
- Post-Credits. With movies like Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018) slated for next year, people will literally be on the edge of their seats for what’s become an MCU ritual of sorts, the post-credits scene(s).
Get Your Popcorn Ready!
My tickets are purchased. My seats are reserved. And I am confident that the film will deliver. If it doesn’t, you will surely hear about it from me!