– by David Kozlowski

Thor: Ragnarok‘s bizarre mix of Norse superheroics, cosmic adventure, and over-the-top fun has snatched the pop culture limelight and gives no indication of releasing it until the film hits theaters this November. today’s evidence comes from Nerdist, who re-cut the most recent Thor: Ragnarok trailer as a 1980s direct-to-video VHS extravaganza, complete with awful VFX compositing, John Carpenter-esque music, and a 3:4 screen ratio (for the nerds among us).

That’s right everyone, Thor is back and he’s ready to “rag-na-rock-and-roll” in Thor III! Look, just stop whatever it is you’re doing and take the next 2 minutes and 40 seconds to enjoy this absurdly fun and silly trailer, re-cut so that you’d swear it was cobbled-together out of Stranger Things outtakes (in all the best possible ways).

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About halfway through this thing you’ll start wondering about the absence of the Hulk. I mean, how can they pull off a 2017 CG character in this 1980-ish remix? Turns out, just borrow a few frames from that Hulk vs Thor (1988) disaster — a truly awful made-for-TV movie that even Lou Ferrigno wishes he could forget.

Oh yes, this is a real thing, and it’s 150% as awful as you remember!


We even get a few seconds of Jeff Goldblum from The Fly (1986)! Really, the best part about this goofy trailer imagining Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi and Marvel’s Kevin Feige absolutely embracing this ridiculous takedown of their film; particularly given that we live in an era where Disney and LucasFilm typically firehose lawyers at any of their devoted fans who dare to repurpose their properties. Stuff like this reminds of how much fun these movies are supposed to be, and I hope this is what we can expect in Marvel’s Phase 4. Great stuff!

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Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.

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SOURCE: Nerdist

  • Victor Roa

    Sigh, HAHAHA, As much as that’s fun the compositing effects, they should have gotten rid of the marvel logo and gone with Cannon or New World, then YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN THE 80S.
    Actually the more I think about it, rear projection in the 80s did stick out but made a lot of shots look amazing, especially Cameron’s films. Or like in Escape from New York, also Cameron did that he didn’t do compositing shots and instead did clever edits.
    Yeah yeah, it’s a joke, but I learned a lot about effects work in the 80s as a 6 year old little boy, I used to collect Fangoria and had a behind the scenes of Ghostbusters.

  • Mad Barchetta

    As someone recently new to video editing, I applaud the creativity on display here! Great work and pretty darn representative of the 80’s, but more like ’82 than ’87, unless we’re talking low budget. Maybe that’s what they were going for. Wish I had thought of this!

    And, i really don’t see why Marvel/Disney should have an issue with it. Ok sure, they don’t get the hits on their You Tube account, but this is still promoting their movie. Things that keep the hype going are always potentially beneficial to them in the long run.

  • Kronx

    I think I saw that film when I was a kid.

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.