First ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Trailer Goes All-the-Way Asgardians of the Galaxy

Marvel Studios has drawn some fair criticism for stifling distinct voices, forcing a bland if effective uniformity to the tone of their films. But as James Gunn’s exuberant, hands-on Guardians of the Galaxy showed us, in the lawlessness of space, anything goes. Or at least anything as far as identifiably director-specific quips and classic rock soundtracks go. And it looks like director Taika Waititi has made the best of that loophole with his first entry to the Marvel universe, Thor: Ragnarok.

The trailer for the film just hit, and in just under two minutes, it sets up a Thor adventure that looks and feels nothing like either that’s come before. Joyfully set to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” the preview sees Cate Blanchett’s Hela seemingly overtaking Asgard with ease, crushing Thor’s favorite bludgeoning tool in a single hand. Consequently, Thor gets captured, he’s forced to cut off his greasy hair, and a wonderfully-cast Jeff Goldblum forces him to fight in a colosseum. But there, Thor finds that he’s not the only Avenger being battle-pimped. And we, the audience, find that Waititi’s charming “Team Thor” shorts were just a taste of the God of Thunder’s continued devolution into a hilariously oblivious meathead.

Sadly, now we have to wait until November for this thing.

  • AdamCoates

    If this is as close as we’re going to get to a “Team Thor” movie, then I’m happy.

  • Jeremy Tilton

    So in their attempt to give it a unique feel, it now feels like everything else now feels.

    • adam3w

      Hollywood execs: “That unique, interesting movie made a lot of money? Make all movies just like that one until the returns dwindle and we’re forced to try creativity again.”

  • adam3w

    Am I the only one that thinks Cate Blanchett looks amazing? The Hot Topic Hela look is really working for her.

    • HalSolo

      You’re not alone, its like she’s trying to out “Eva Green” Eva Green. I’ve always loved Blanchett, but never LUSTED for her before this runny mascara look. This role is going to turn some Geek Boys into Geek Men.

  • jaime_arg

    ‘Waititi’s charming “Team Thor” shorts’

    I was expecting 80s sport shorts with a retro logo.

  • Jolie Rogers

    Even the font excites me.

    • The title treatment is quite good. As someone who was indifferent to Thor the comic character, considers Thor 1 a slightly improved Battlefield Earth, and recalls nearly nothing of Thor 2, I am shocked at my enthusiasm for all of this.

      • Jolie Rogers

        I’m not far from having the same Thor relationship, though I love him as part of the ensemble. His movies may be the worst on the big screen, but they will probably keep dragging me to the theater; Iron Fist–should they mistakenly renew him–gets no more from me than a cursory glance at Wikipedia synopses to stay up to date with The Defenders. That show makes BE look like Jaws.

  • HalSolo

    When I say I expect a better class of Geek, this is exactly what I’m talking about. Waititi even seems to have out Snyder-ed Zack Snyder with that slow motion painterly sequence of Valkyries. It looks straight up Wagnerian and he’s using Marvel Goddamned Comics Norse Mythology.
    Then he gives us a great comedic beat and a better scene of “two massive wads of colorfully costumed muscle mass slow motion punching each other” than we got anywhere in BVS.