I've got to admit it:
- I'm more interested in Thor: Ragnarok than I am about any of Marvel's three 2017 releases- which include Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming
- I'm more interested in Thor: Ragnarok than I've been about any of the previous movies about the God of Thunder
Thor: Ragnarok has shaped up in such a way that it's looking to be a big surprise. Let's face it, up to this point, the Thor films have been the runt of the litter when you look at Marvel's main franchises. The two that have come out so far have grossed on the lower end of Marvel's box office hauls, and the reviews have only been so-so (on Rotten Tomatoes, Thor received a 77% and The Dark World received a 66%).
That's why Thor: Ragnarok seems to be a bit of a game changer. It looks like Marvel Studios wants to make the third film in the series a bigger, better, far more ambitious affair. First, the cast has been beefed up in exciting ways. With names like Cate Blanchett, Karl Urban, and Jeff Goldblum now in the mix, and with the inclusion of Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner, aka The Incredible Hulk, it's pretty clear that Thor: Ragnarok is getting the super-sized treatment. Then there's the cosmic, interplanetary scale of the story that we've heard so much about. And, lastly, there's the hiring of the exciting young filmmaker Taika Waititi as the film's director.
Waititi has already made a splash with Thor, thanks to a viral short that he wrote and directed during the production of Ragnarok that depicted where the God of Thunder was during the events that unfolded in Captain America: Civil War. That gave us a small taste of Waititi's sense of humor, and the confidence with which he takes a Marvel property and puts his own spin on it.
When it comes to the actual film, Waititi has said that Thor: Ragnarok will be very different from anything we've seen so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. During a Reddit AMA, the What We Do In The Shadows director opened up about his first Marvel flick.
"I think [Thor: Ragnarok] will be one of the most adventurous and most 'out there' of all the Marvel movies. It's a crazy movie," Waititi told a fan who asked how the film would stack up to the other MCU films. "I made an effort to ignore the fact that there are other Thor films. I'm trying to ignore the rest of the universe and just make my own awesome movie."
In terms of the things that will make the film, as he puts it, his "own awesome movie" the director says that the film will have a distinctly "Taika-esque tone," and a strong 1980s influence that he thinks the film needed.
One of the other exciting bits to come out of the Reddit AMA was a very revealing one-word-answer. When asked who he thought would steal the show in Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi answered simply and bluntly: "Banner."
That should come as a refreshing bit of news, as Ruffalo's Banner/Hulk was the talk of the town after The Avengers came out in 2012, but then lost some of his appeal in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron. The character was an absolute scene-stealer when Ruffalo made his debut as the brilliant scientist with a seriously gnarly problem with his temper. It's great to hear that Waititi wants to restore the buzz around the character, who's been a fan favorite ever since he debuted in 1962.
Thor: Ragnarok is set to arrive next year on November 3.