Marvel's done a great job of universe building since the release of the first Iron Man in 2008, and, if there have been any weak links over the years, it’s probably the solo Thor films.
Well, guess what? For the third dip back into that Asgardian well, it’s not a solo film! As Marvel seems to have realized—and that’s proven by this trailer—adding another hero (or more) into a “solo” adventure, turns it into an event; a sort of mini-Avengers, if you will, and that’s certainly the approach being taken with Thor: Ragnarok.
As things unfold, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself on the planet Sakaar, without his hammer and must win a gladiatorial battle if he wants to be set free. His opponent? None other than the Incredible Hulk (a mo-capped Mark Ruffalo), who looks amazing in battle armor. Once that very cool business is out of the way, they must deal with the evil Hela (Cate Blanchett) and the impending doom of the Asgardian people known as “Ragnarok.” And, oh, yeah, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is in this superhero lovefest as well. Not to mention Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
One of the descriptions that has surrounded Thor: Regnarok has been that it’s like a “buddy cop” film, with a lot of humorous back and forth rapport between the lead characters. In an interview with our sister site, Empireonline, Ruffalo noted that there’s a Midnight Run-like feeling running through the film. “A universal road movie is where we’re heading,” he mused. “It’s not where you’d think it would be, so it’s not your classic road movie, but I has that structure, I think.”
Speaking to Polygon.com, director Taika Waititi admitted, “It’s hard to say what the movie is, because it’s changing. The plot has changed and the script has changed. There are buddy elements to it between Thor and the Hulk, but who knows what the final movie will look like?” To the Guardian *he added, “If someone asked, ‘What are your films like?’, the best I can come up with is that they’re a fine balance between comedy and drama. And they deal mainly with the clumsiness of humanity.” And on *Thor: Ragnarok, he commented, “I’ve always felt that I wanted to make a Marvel film...I just want to make sure I’m not making an episode.”
Fun, he emphasizes, is the most important thing in any of his films. If my actors aren’t having a good time on set, then I’m doing something wrong. There needs to be a chemistry on set. We’re making movies. We should be having a lot of fun.”
If this trailer is any indication, mission accomplished.
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