Thor: Ragnarok is definitely a change of pace for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, unique even compared to either Guardians of the Galaxy film. One of the biggest changes are to some of the characters themselves, most notably Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), who are a lot funnier in this one; not nearly as dark and brooding as we left them in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Ruffalo was recently interviewed by Collider, where he admitted he worried that the risks they were taking with Thor: Ragnarok‘s tone could actually break the entire MCU:
“Do you know how many times I was like, ‘Are we breaking the Marvel universe? We threw everything out. We started all over again with this. We threw the Thor franchise out. We threw everyone’s perception of Banner out. We threw everyone’s perception of Hulk out. We threw everyone’s perception of Thor out. And, yes, we knew what we were doing. At the same time we were like, ‘Let’s just do it, and let’s go for it, and let’s do it the best and most honest and fun way that we can.’ Taika did that, and he wasn’t afraid of that … so we improvised a lot and we played … and that playfulness is really appealing on-screen.”
I will say, having seen Thor: Ragnarok, the MCU is not broken. In fact, these two characters have never been better, and I hope the positive changes made continue into 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.
Thor: Ragnarok swings into theaters this Friday, November 3.