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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

By now, it’s abundantly clear that Thor: Ragnarok isn’t your average Thor film. While the Avengers character has had a solid run on the big screen so far, the last film seemed to leave a really bad taste in people’s mouths, and is widely accepted as one of the weakest entries in the MCU.

All the same, it’d be easy for Marvel Studios to proceed with business as usual and create a film that skewed closer to what they had before, but actor Chris Hemsworth knew he had to speak his mind. It was Hemsworth’s idea to cut Thor’s hair and get rid of his hammer, but his inspiration came from the unlikeliest of places — from professional geek Kevin Smith.

Speaking with Vanity Fair, Hemsworth said that he heard Smith bashing on the Thor movies on one of his podcast, and it led to a revelation.

“Hearing someone like Smith, who represents the fanboy world, was such a kick in the ass to change gears. We sort of had nothing to lose. People didn’t expect what we did with it this time around.”

Obviously, this was a big risk. The film had a budget of $180 million — bigger than any other Thor film to date — and they ran the risk of losing what worked with the character to begin with.

So we guess, in a way, we have Kevin Smith to blame for all this…Thanks Kevin Smith?

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SOURCE: Vanity Fair

  • John From Raleigh

    Well it definitely worked. I saw Thor yesterday and it was an incredible roller coaster ride with the jokes coming fast and often with just enough plot to keep the movie on track.

    Then this morning, I listened to Fatman on Batman. Kevin Smith and Mark B were raving about the movie and I had to agree with just about everyone of there comments.

    • Saranac

      Yes, totally worked and in a way it justified the other films. Think back as to how much Thor was a dumb prick in the first one, how he felt sooo superior in the second one, and now he knows what a jerk he was and what he needs to do to actually help people.

  • Venomaide

    What???

  • Victor Roa

    Don’t take everything Smith as the gospel
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/96133af2ebff7021edc86dbf135c8a3a89228cfb66e8c1fb500f5349ea65a12e.jpg
    That’s why you have Taika Waititi in charge of the humor

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.