On Nov. 2, “Thor: Ragnarok” came into theaters after the hype brought on by the trailers. This film is a huge addition, like so many more, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The newest Thor movie had an excellent combination between action-packed fight scenes that fans have come to know and love from Marvel films and hilarious pieces of comedy. In usual Marvel fashion, the movie begins with an intense fight scene between Thor with his trusty hammer Mjölnir and fire giants. One in particular being Surtur, the king of the fire giants from Norse mythology who eventually contributes to the end of everything also know as Ragnarok.
After Thor returns to Asgard, with Surtur’s head on his back, he runs into his half-brother and god of mischief, Loki, who is posing as his father Odin. This is followed by a search for Odin on the planet Earth conducted by Loki and Thor. They are helped by Doctor Strange, who was introduced with his own film in October of last year. The search ends quickly however, and they find Odin who warns them of a great evil: his own first born daughter, Hela, the goddess of death. Following Odin’s death Hela appears and a fight ensues ending with Thor and his brother banished to Sakaar, a world that revolves around gladiatorial fighting. Here, he is reunited with Hulk and together they try to escape Sakaar to help defeat Hela and claim Asgard once again.
This film exceeded all expectations earning some of the best ratings ever for a Marvel film. The movie keeps watchers engaged with a perfect combination of action scenes, funny dialogue, and references to other things in the extended Marvel universe. Some references made were to Sakaar which is an allusion to Planet Hulk. There was also a beloved Stan Lee cameo delivered seamlessly.
“Thor: Ragnarok” develops the characters really well. Thor’s character in particular soared beyond expectations. He is no longer just the guy who swings around a hammer really well. He ascends to a true force of nature and a one man army capable of tremendous feats. Also, the relationship between Thor and Loki has been elaborated on very nicely, tying up loose ends from “Thor: The Dark World.”
All in all, “Thor: Ragnarok” was a phenomenal success that exceeded expectations of Marvel movies and opens up new pathways for the Marvel universe to explore in future films. It is exiting to see the direction in which the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going and what outcomes it will have.
Jacob Allen // Staff Writer