These days, it is hard to get one’s cynical blood pumping over a superhero movie.
I’m still not getting my hopes up. But…
The new teaser for Thor: Ragnarok dropped today, and boy is it a romp. Thor gets a haircut. Led Zeppelin earns some more money. Everyone’s happy.
Compared to the drab Thor: The Dark World, Ragnarok looks like it is injecting some energy into the otherwise tepid Thor arc of films. This makes sense coming from director Taika Waititi, whose grasp on pacing and comedy could provide something different in the Marvel universe.
It is thus appropriate that the best moment in this trailer involves Thor’s exuberant cry over first seeing Hulk. “He’s a friend from work,” he says, that oblivious Hemsworth grin on his face.
The slightly more vibrant look of the trailer, intercut with titles flying in from neon, could be a positive spin, although it may also veer too closely to the Guardians aesthetic/tone.
What is most promising, perhaps, is Cate Blanchett’s Hela, who is prominently featured throughout the teaser. The lack of strong villains has been the biggest criticism of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the fad of Loki faded away.
Blanchett’s ability could be squandered in a Marvel film. Her clips in the trailer do seem to be painting her with a single color, but Blanchett may still be able to do something with one-dimensional.
Not much is provided for us with this trailer, but it sets the expectations all the same. Seemingly the parts are all in place for Ragnarok to be a hit: a talented director in Waititi, a strong actress in Blanchett, a badass team in Thor and Hulk, a Jeff Goldblum in Jeff Goldblum. I’m on board. Let’s do this.
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—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)