Thor: Rag-nor-Rocked My World

Noah Kramer, Director of Art

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Thor: Ragnarok is quite possibly the most enjoyable Marvel movie that’s come out yet. Ragnarok takes what didn’t connect with audiences with the past two Thor movies and turns it on its head. It’s funny, has fun with the ridiculous lore that accompanies Thor, and it’s completely in space and Asgard.

Thor: Ragnarok ditches the cast of the past two movies. Jane Foster, Erik Selvig and….Darcy (thank God… pun intended). This was their first step in the right direction. No one cared about the human characters in Thor, especially in Thor: The Dark World. They dragged the story down and bogged down what could’ve been two really cool movies in outer space. They shove Jane Foster out in one throwaway line. Thor admits to Loki in small talk that they broke up and that was it. The lack of earth-based characters was by far the best thing they ditched for this movie

This movie is really funny, like, really really funny. With nods to past MCU films, the comics, and just regular jokes overall, Taika Waititi lends his signature style to Ragnarok. Some would say that this is one of the movie’s downsides too. And I agree to an extent. Some scenes were kind of anticlimactic in terms of storytelling and drama because instead of going for the feel, they opt to go for the joke 90% of the time. Like a character death they write off as if it didn’t happen. To this extent it did annoy me a bit, but overall it didn’t. The humor was so funny and caught me off guard so much that it made the scene not as bad in my eyes. If you’re expecting a serious movie about the end of the world. I‘m sorry, this movie is not for you.

Thor Ragnarok takes elements from my favorite comic ever, Planet Hulk, such as Sakaar, Gladiator Hulk, Korg, Miek, and the revolution against the ruler of Sakaar. If I’m going to be honest, it didn’t keep the serious tone that made Planet Hulk so cool, but everything with it was so entertaining, I loved it. Korg and Miek are some of Hulk’s warbound in the comics, his elite group of gladiators that follow him and are extremely loyal. Here they’re comic relief in an already funny movie and Korg is by far the fan favorite to come out of it. Miek is just a cute background character. I was kind of disappointed that they didn’t give Hulk his armor throughout the movie, but that’s just a personal nitpick. But if I were to rate the planet Hulk elements of the film I would give it a 7.5/10. It was great and kept true to the point of Planet Hulk to illustrate this is where Hulk found a home that accepts him and actually loves him, something they toy with in the movie. I wish that there was more of it. When that’s your complaint, you know that they did a fantastic job.

Now with all of the Hulk stuff, this is still a Thor-centric movie. Thor and Loki are back together helping each other again and their dynamic is as strong as always. You really get a sense that they are brothers, and do love each other, but they have their own way of showing it. Asgard itself feels much more like a real place that’s inhabited with people. In the past Thor movies, since they were barely in Asgard, they didn’t get to establish it as a solid location. The world felt much more important, which makes Ragnarok much more terrifying as a concept,  and raises the stakes greatly. Hela is a great addition to Marvel’s line of villains since their lineup so far only has about 5-6 good/ great villains. Honestly, the Thor movies had two of the best villains and one of the worst in the entire Marvel franchise. Cate Blanchett has so much fun in this role and you can tell she loves every bit of being evil in this movie. Skurge is nothing like his comic counterpart, but they made him so much better. He is an actual character with conflict and a story arc, instead of a reckless killing machine. He was one of the best surprises to come out of it. Overall if you didn’t think Thor was that great before, you will come out of Ragnarok with Thor being one of your favorites. Much like how Captain America: The Winter Soldier made Captain America cool amongst the general fanbase.

Thor: Ragnarok made Thor the god of thunder that he was always supposed to be. No more with that nonsense that was the past two Thor movies. Thor is now a fun, funny character that became a parody of himself in the best way possible. I give Thor Ragnarok a 9/10.