5 Reasons Why Thor: Ragnarok Is Shaking Up The Marvel Universe!
With its bold choice of director, kaleidoscopic vibe and end-of-days premise, Thor: Ragnarok is taking the Marvel Cinematic Universe in bold new directions. Here are five reasons why the third chapter in the God of Thunder’s epic trilogy is stirring things up big time!
1. THE DIRECTOR IS AN OUTSIDER
Forget Joss Whedon, James Gunn and Jon Favreau, not only is Thor: Ragnarok not being directed by a Hollywood heavy hitter whose name begins with ‘j’, it’s not being directed by a Hollywood heavy hitter at all. And why do you think that should be good?
Beacuse overseeing Thor: Ragnarok is Taika Waititi, a little-known New Zealander with a very distinctive directing style. His work to date includes the horror spoof What We Do in the Shadows (96% on Rotten Tomatoes) and the poignant comedy drama Hunt for the Wilderpeople (97% on RT) – both oddball delights.
Watch our exclusive interview with director Taika Waititi
For some idea of what to expect, watch these Waititi-directed Team Thor shorts. Not only they are hilarious, but they also explain what Thor was doing during the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War....
2. IT FEATURES MARVEL'S FIRST MAJOR FEMALE SUPERVILLAIN...
“I didn’t realise I was inhabiting the first female Marvel villain on screen,” Blanchett admitted in an interview with E! Online. “I thought: ‘Surely not… Well, no, actually that’s true.’ There [have] been many, many, many [female villains] in the comic books, but they’ve been a little tardy in bringing them to the screen, so hopefully there will be a lot more villainesses.”
…and she’s played by none other than two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett. The Blue Jasmine and Elizabeth megastar dons horns and black leathers to play Hela, the Asgardian Goddess of Death. Hela is a big deal in the Marvel comics and a really big deal in this movie. It’s she who destroys Thor’s beloved hammer Mjolnir, then lays waste to Asgard (one of the Nine Realms and Thor’s home). Looks like we’ve found our instigator!
3. IT'S SET OUTSIDE THE ESTABLISHED MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
Whereas the first Thor movie was set largely on Earth – where Thor found himself exiled after displeasing his father – and a hefty chunk of the second movie, The Dark World, too, Thor: Ragnarok involves “very little Earth”. Instead it hops, leaps and jumps around dimensional planets. This allows for two things: firstly some truly out of this world imagery and introduce new characters; secondly, considerably raised stakes. After all, it’s not just the world that needs saving now, it’s everything!
As Waititi revealed during an online chat with fans, “I’m trying to ignore the rest of the universe and just make my own awesome movie.”
4. THOR VS HULK II
We last saw Thor and Hulk doing battle in 2012’s The Avengers, but that fight pales in comparison to the one you’re about to see in Thor: Ragnarok.
Imprisoned on the Grandmaster’s homeworld (which we’re 99.9 per cent sure is Sakaar from the Planet Hulk comics), the “friends from work” find themselves going head to head in a gladiatorial arena. Even in five short years, special effects have come a long way, so trust us when we say this full-blooded collision is going to knock your socks off. Oh yeah, and Thor has a new look and new weapons for the occasion too. Plus his winged helmet is back – yay!
5. THAT SOUNDTRACK!
We’ll reserve judgement until we get the full track list, but if the two songs we’ve heard so far are anything to go by, then Ragnarok is about to unseat Guardians of the Galaxy in the best Marvel movie soundtrack stakes.
The official trailer featured Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’, an epic ode to Iceland and Norse mythology that was described by Rolling Stone as “like some cannibal chorus wailing in the infernal light of a savage fertility rite”. The San Diego Comic-Con teaser, meanwhile, boasted Magic Sword’s pulsating electronic dance track ‘In the Face of Evil’. If this was the noughties, we’d be shouting “tuuuune!” right about now.
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