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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While I will fight anyone who tells me the original Thor isn’t a great film, the Thor franchise as a whole seemed to take a big step back with its sequel, Thor: The Dark World. The film fell victim to world building, confusing MacGuffins, and boring villains, and only seemed to reenforce any negative thoughts haters had about the character to begin with.

As such, a lot of people didn’t really know what to expect with Thor: Ragnarok. Given the title, which means “the end of all things” — as teased by Kevin Feige during his Phase 3 presentation a few years back — a lot of fans understandably assumed things would only get darker for the god of thunder. We had our collective minds blown when the first trailer hit, and rather than double down on the darkness, they did a complete one-eighty.

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi fully embraced the outrageousness of outer space, using the opportunity to throw in plenty of bright, Guardians of the Galaxy-like color. Furthermore, he really embraced a whole new attitude of Thor’s character. Rather than portraying him in the more serious light in the past, this new take is distinctly more bro-y than ever before. This was apparent in the new trailers, and is also shown to be a deliberate move from the director.

Now, Marvel has released two key pieces of media. The first is a new featurette (at the top of the article), which has comments from Waititi, Hemsworth, and Bruce Banner himself, Mark Ruffalo. They all highlight the change in the ever-growing universe, and the need to actively change Thor as he grows as a character.

The second is brand new Chinese trailer (directly above this paragraph), which is introduced by actor Chris Hemsworth, and features some new footage scattered about. There’s nothing super major — we’ve seen most of it already — but for those who missed the last trailer that featured Doctor Strange, this one has that same fun little intro.

Both pieces of media do their job of selling someone like me on the film. It’s very clear that this will be a fun popcorn flick, full of plenty of spectacle and laughs to keep me occupied for two hours.

Which of these do you like best? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 2, 2017!

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SOURCE: 鲲鹏万里, Marvel Studios

  • TheOct8pus

    I want to watch these, but I won’t….I’ll go to the movies with fresh eyes

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.