Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Analysis

– by Tim Jousma

Of all The Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor would rank as my least favorite. Not a knock against Chris Hemsworth because he's certainly brought a lot to the role but when it comes to Thor, I've had nothing but apathy for that character, whether it be in the comics or in the movies.

"What about me?"

"What about me?"

So when the teaser trailer to Thor: Ragnarok hit the internet today, I saw it more out of duty than actual interest. My god, did this trailer hit it out of the park. This is honestly the first time I've ever been interested in seeing a Thor movie in theaters. We didn't get anything more than a taste of what's to come this November but whatever Marvel is doing with their movies of late, they need to keep it up because things just keep getting better.

First off, while we barely see her in the trailer, Cate Blanchett as Hela was amazing. Cate has always been able to show a whole range of emotions in her face which, having taken theater in college, I know is a very difficult thing to do. Yet the actors that can pull this off make their roles offer so much more than just what is on the script page. Her amazing ability as an actor is even showcased in a movie like Hot Fuzz where she had a cameo and had a surgical mask on her face the entire scene. We only saw her eyes yet the emotion she was able to portray gave her character depth.

Who knows if the song will be in the final movie but Immigrant Song from Led Zeppelin being used for the trailer was spot on perfect. Led Zeppelin's music often referenced the sword and sorcery elements from similar stories like The Lord of the Rings from JRR Tolkien. Adding one of the most iconic rock and roll songs ever made in a movie about Thor was just as much a perfect fit as when they added Iron Man from Black Sabbath to the original trailer for Iron Man. It seems like so perfect a fit that you think it's too obvious yet when you see and hear it together, it's just works.

While I enjoyed him in the trailer, Jeff Goldblum came across like you would expect Jeff Goldblum to react. In fact, when he was first on screen, my first reaction was that this is probably how he dresses when he's at home.

It was a short glimpse but we did see Karl Urban wielding machine guns as The Executioner. One thing that baffled me when the Thor movies were first made was the lack of The Enchantress and The Executioner, two original baddies in the Thor universe. While casual fans may question why he has machine guns, the character in the comic used them as well. 

Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie looked great. A teaser trailer is not the place where you can give every character room to showcase themselves so unfortunately we didn't see much of her, but based on her resume, I can't wait to see what she offers to the role.

For some reason, I really love the font effects Marvel used in their teaser. It gave an 80's feel to the project reminiscent of a high tech version of the Kung Fury movie. They added to the ambiance the trailer was trying to evoke of pure, unadulterated fun.

Word going into the movie was that it would take elements of the Planet Hulk story from the comics and the teaser trailer confirmed that with the first appearance of The Hulk since the end of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. We don't know much of what is happening in the movie yet so I was glad that we saw Thor be a little goofy when he saw his friend for the first time in a long time. Thor's reaction was the same one I gave as well as the same reaction everyone I saw the trailer with had. Seeing The Hulk again on screen ready for a fight is just what we want to see as fans. We'll see how this plays off in the final film

Overall, this trailer was amazing. It was light in story elements but what it did reveal showed that Thor has one heck of a challenge on his hands if he is going to save Valhalla from the likes of Hela. With Slash Film confirming that Doctor Strange will play a part in Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel is throwing everything they can into making this movie a hit. And based on the one minute, fifty two seconds of teaser trailer they offered, I can't wait.

So what did you think. Did you enjoy the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok? What were some elements in the trailer you enjoyed? Was there anything you wanted to see in the trailer that was not shown? Sound off in the comments section below.

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SOURCE: Slash Film

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