Today is a good day! We have at last had our first proper look at Thor: Ragnarok. Not just the odd leaked set photo or concept art, not even some promotional images. We finally have the first trailer and boy is it entertaining. Before I blab too much about it let’s take another look at it (as I’m assuming by this point you’ve seen it a few hundred times like me)
That was bloody fun wasn’t it?! I will confess now, I’m not a hug fan of the Thor films so far. The first was ok as an origin story but the second was all kinds of disappointing so you can image how happy I am now! This short teaser has got me so hyped that Thor: Ragnarok has become my most anticipated Marvel film so far.
Don’t get me wrong I am still looking forward to Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Spiderman: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War but this looks (excuse the language) shit hot!
The aesthetic of the film is very reminiscent of Guardians of the Galaxy in that is is very colourful and includes a lot of strange looking creatures and locations. We know already that we will see a variety of Worlds and I’m sure more than a few are displayed here. The trailer is bright, funny, action packed and brilliantly edited. Add on the amazing Led Zeppelin song and you have a really really good trailer! I’m going to go into a bit more detail than usual so let’s have a look at the interesting parts!
Thor in Chains
Looks like our Asgardian hero gets into a spot of bother, is he talking to the camera at this point? Is this film going to break the Fourth wall ala Deadpool? I’m assuming he’s hanging above the abyss of Hel, put there by Hela maybe or does he accidentally awaken her while here?
Hela is really a Thorn (I’m sorry!) in his side, there’s a confrontation on Earth/Midgard at some point and she displays her strength by stopping Mjolnir dead with an outstretched hand and shattering it causing a huge explosion! Thor has lost his greatest weapon!
It’s great to see Hela sporting her comic accurate headdress for at least a portion of the film. We see it a couple of times and I’m thinking these might be flashback scenes as when she is in action there is no headdress to be seen.
Hel comes to Asgard
Does Hela take on Asgard single-handedly? She certainly seems to, fighting hundreds of soldiers and also destroying at least part of the city?
Having lost his hammer, is Thor now unworthy or is he just cast out of Asgard by Hela (or maybe Loki who he thinks is still dead, at least he thought that at the end of TDW). He lands on a kind of junk planet/realm and picked up by Valkyrie.
Valkyrie is tasked with collecting combatants or as she calls Thor, ‘A contender’ for the Grand Master, played by the immortal Jeff Goldblum. Is this just a sport? For entertainment? Or does it serve another purpose? Will Valkyrie be the reluctant participant who will help our hero later on?
Some quick shots of a few characters in combat. Loki playing with some daggers, in a new outfit with a more streamlined helmet, but who is he preparing to fight? An unarmoured Heimdall destroying a faceless enemy? The Executioner (played by Karl Urban), looking exactly like his comic counterpart but curiously dual wielding a pair of what look like M-16 rifles. Will there be a godly battle on Earth?
Now to battle! Thor enters the Grand Master’s arena and dons a brand new helmet. Not only is this very close to some versions he wears in the comics, they have changed the design so instead of wings, the fins on the side act as a fastening or sorts to secure it to his head, almost doubling as a face guard. Without his trusty magic hammer he has to utilise other weapons. He has a pair of blades attached to his back but wields a shield and huge mace as he prepares for battle.
The door begins to open before being destroyed by Thor’s opponent, the Incredible Hulk! At first Thor is elated, no fight is necessary now a friend has entered the ring “He’s a friend from work!” But maybe this time the Hulk isn’t fully in control. He seems to be a bit more mindless than usual and takes the fight to Thor!
So much awesome in this trailer and I’m sure if I watched it a few more hundred times I would find minute details that could give me clues as to what is going on but here are a few other things I noticed that I can’t really explain.
Is this Valkyrie on a winged horse then falling? Struck down by Hela perhaps?
Is this a Celestial?
Why is Loki sat watching Thor fight? Is he responsible for Thor’s predicament?
Is Hela throwing a sword? Is that important?
The film looks great, the humour seems perfect and everyone looks fantastic. Thor’s new look is really good and much more down to Earth, I dig the short hair too. Cate Blanchett looks stunning as Hela and seems to have lost about 20 years! Beautiful yet formidable. Jeff Goldblum looks weird but then he is supposed to be one of the Elders of the Universe. Tessa Thomson looks mysterious but brilliant and what’s up with Heimdall’s eyes? What is Loki up to?!
Because it feels so much like a Guardians trailer it makes sense for this to be the film that links the Avengers to the Guardians. I have a feeling Thor and Star Lord will make an appearance together, maybe as an after credits scene in GOTG Vol2 or in Thor: Ragnarok itself. And how the hell will Doctor Strange come into this?!
I’m about spent talking about this trailer and it’s less than two minutes long! I can’t imagine what I’ll be like when the film comes out! Taika Waititi, it looks like you’ve done a brilliant job. I just hope you’ve held back some incredible stuff for the theatrical release! Fingers crossed!
What do you think of the trailer? What was your favourite part? Let us know in the comments.