– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This year looks to potentially be the biggest year to date for Marvel Studios. For the past several years, the studio has managed to churn out two movies a year every year, and in 2017, with the help of Sony Pictures, there will be three official Marvel Cinematic Universe movies: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and finally, Thor: Ragnarok.

While we’re properly excited for the former two films on that list, the latter movie has the most question marks, as well as the most untapped potential. We know so far that the film will feature both Thor and Hulk (presumably going head-to-head in a gladiator-type match), and that it’s been coined (more often than we dare to tell) as an “intergalactic road trip movie.” We also know that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will be making an appearance, as implied in the mid-credits scene in the Doctor Strange movie.

But what can we actually expect from the movie? In an interview with The A.V. Club, director Taika Waititi uses an interesting comparison: last year’s Captain America: Civil War.

“Sometimes I would stop and think, I’m doing a movie that’s got Thor and Doctor Strange and The Incredible Hulk and Loki and every character is so strange and different. [In] Civil War it’s just humans, humans with human problems. Ours is creatures and beings and all these sorts of really different characters. Again displaying human problems, but in outer space or in other worlds.”

In many ways, this description feels very reminiscent of Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes, there are a lot of interesting and weird space creatures, but at the end of the day, they have very universal desires and issues. Now granted, both Hulk and Thor are human(oid) type characters, so this statement implies there will be a lot of creatures running around this flick, which isn’t a huge surprise given that it’s set in space.

And what of the tone? When the title Thor: Ragnarok was first dropped a few years back, there were definitely fantasies of the MCU going a bit dark. However, with Hulk now in the picture and Taika Waititi in the director’s chair, chances are we have a whole lot of fun hijinks in store for us. This idea was re-affirmed in his further statement to the outlet:

“Ithink the overall sense that I’m trying to give to the audience and what I want the audience to leave the cinema carrying with them is a sense of joy really.” 

Here’s hoping that the movie can deliver on that front? What do you think of Waititi’s statements? Is this the kind of style and tone you want out of Thor: Ragnarok? And do you think his comparison to Civil War is appropriate? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017!

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SOURCE: The A.V. Club

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.