Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has created the comic book franchise into Hollywood moguls. The 2008 success of Iron Man was what made it all possible. But success of The Avengers cemented the franchise into the hearts of geeks and casual moviegoers a like. Films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier has elevated the Marvel franchise into Academy Award levels. After Age of Ultron succeeded the first Avengers, the cement started to crack. Then Marvel decided to get New Zealand’s self proclaimed film ambassador Taika Waititi.
Taika What-titi? He’s just might be the greatest exports of New Zealand since Peter Jackson. Known for his indie films pioneering in the art of sad/happy, Taika seemed to be a wildcard choice for the franchise, all the more for Thor. But the reviews were in earlier this week and boy they have the teserract glow! Let’s pull up the receipts for this and check why Thor: Ragnarok might resurrect the MCU from stagnation.
WAITITI GETS A BIT LOKI
Taika made it clear in his AMA back in 2016 by saying: “I’m trying to ignore the rest of the universe and just make my own awesome movie.” The franchise acts as an overblown TV serial. It is the franchise’s gift and curse. If you miss one, you might not get this one. And it’s a bit exhausting if you think about it.
This attempt could be seen as making the MCU less exhausting and bring it back to its roots as an enjoyable blockbuster flick. But canon is law to most Marvel fans. Following the universe’s canon has always been a must for them. He doesn’t care for it and that’s where the fun begins.
Chris Hemsworth is a beautiful, golden man who’s the embodiment of Thor. But maybe we’re dismissing his hilarity four movies too long. With Waititi mixing elements of the ultra-weird Marvel comic canon, Hemsworth’s humor has a lot of work to do. They branded Ragnarok as this buddy road trip that has been blown out of proportions. Knowing the director’s previous work, that’s just scratching the surface.
Have a taste of the other Chris’ brand of humor in this Ragnarok teaser!
HELA GREAT WOMEN
Ragnarok is introducing two new titular female characters from different sides of the morality spectrum! Cate Blanchett is playing the first female MCU villain named Hela while Tessa Thompson is playing Valkyrie. This dynamic not-so duo will shake the cinematic universe to it’s core. With The Dark World’s villain receiving a lot of flack for little character development, Waititi’s characterization of Hela would be fleshed out.
Cate explained to Entertainment Weekly that the villains is the one “you love and hate what they do but you sort of understand it.” She wants to come back home and be accepted, and she wants what’s hers.” Taika explained Hela. Looks like Loki’s being replaced in the hearts of fan girls, people!
DONE WITH BEING THORRIBLE
Thor movies don’t really get glowing rave reviews compared to the cinematic universe’s Iron Man and Captain America trilogy. Thor was a good origin story while The Dark World fell flat with its attempt to explore the political insides of Asgard. Two movies in and yet we still have Thor adventuring in Midgard. Now, he’s going anywhere but and this just might save his trilogy.
Apart from that, we’re getting the comedy and depth that we deserve. This trilogy looks like its hell bent on having great characters with development while having a good time. Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song on the trailer and the 80s-esque logo vouched for that. Oh, and of course, more otherworldly nine realm realness! Thor: Ragnarok could literally leave us for #ded.
See Thor: Ragnarok on October 25 2017 in the Philippines!