– by David Kozlowski


After the historically awful 2017 summer movie season, which started out strong with Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Beauty and the Beast, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, but ultimately fizzled following the worst Labor Day weekend in 17 years. So, as fall encroaches we turn our attention to a truly amazing slate of films, including IT, Blade Runner 2049, Justice League, and a little Marvel indie project you may have heard of, Thor: Ragnarok.

Of course, we’re just messing around, the feeling here at LRM is that Thor: Ragnarok will be the hit film of the fall and possibly Marvel’s biggest non-Avengers success to-date. Early word is that Cate Blanchett’s Hela is potentially Marvel’s best villain yet, we have a talking Hulk, and there’s a war that appears to obliterate Asgard that’s directly adapted from Norse legend — and that’s just the stuff we’ve seen in the trailers!

Related – Thor: Ragnarok International Trailer Features Doctor Strange

Apparently, we’re not riding the Mjolnir hype train all by ourselves. TheWrap is reporting that Thor: Ragnarok is Fandando’s most-anticipated fall movie (followed by Justice League, Blade Runner 2049, Kingsman, and IT), according to a survey of more than 1,000 fans. Hear that DC? Thor, Valkyrie, and Hulk beat your Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman! Frankly, this is the kind of Marvel vs. DC competition that we’ve been dreaming about for years.

This same survey also suggests that Chris Hemsworth is the season’s “Most Anticipated Actor” and Gal Gadot is the “Most Anticipated Actress,” I don’t know what you do with this knowledge exactly, but there it is.

Also, as of today fans can also buy advance tickets for Thor: Ragnarok (and Fandango’s holding a sweepstakes where the winner gets a trip to Hollywood to hang-out with Chris Hemsworth and attend the premiere). You’re welcome!

What’s your prediction for Thor: Ragnarok‘s box office this fall? Let us know in the comments down below!

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.

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  • Moby85

    Personally, I’m most interested in Thor from a technical perspective: 80% of the film being supposedly ad-libbed and what that actually looks like. It COULD provide an amazing comedic experience, where actors instead of acting off a script, know their characters enough to simply BE them in a scene.

    Or it could come across as a poor on-screen improv comedy night.

    I do like that Thor is shaking things up. Me and my buds consider the Thor franchise palatable, but definitely the weakest of the Avenger’s crew solo properties. At least they’re taking risks.

    • Yeah, the ad-libbing is a bit concerning (this was why LucasFilm fired Lord and Miller from the Han Solo film). I agree that some risk-taking w/ Thor is probably a sound plan, why not right?

  • ElClownPrinceDeTrolls

    I mean….are we shocked?

    What looks more exciting? What is more known? What has proven time and time again success?

    Sure as hell isn’t DC.

    • Fair enough. That said, after Thor: The Dark World, I kind of had no interest at all in this character, but everything about Thor: Ragnarok has me stoked — Marvel knows how to market these films, for sure!

  • Deathstroke936

    I’m not rooting against Thor, but the MCU non-Avengers biggest success…??? Most people would argue that the reason these trailers have generated such buzz is because they’ve emulated the GOTG “style”

    I don’t believe that Thor will be a better movie than GOTG2 (not saying it will be bad, although the forced humor has not won me over… and the ad-libs have me worried) and I don’t believe it will outperform GOTG2 either.

    As for Justice League, I predict early success due to Wonder Woman and nostalgia (first time the Super-friends are onscreen together). If JL turns out to be an actually fun, feel good movie… then the DCEU will have its first billion dollar movie. (in time to be outdone by Star Wars the next month…)

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.