– by Nick Doll

Thor: Ragnarok feels different than any other Marvel Cinematic Universe film, certainly a far cry from the first two Thor films. But that doesn’t mean director Taika Waititi could throw years of continuity out the window.

Waititi cleverly used a play, staged by Loki who is disguised as Odin (this must sound like gibberish to a non-true-believer), to recap the events of Thor: The Dark World. There are plenty of references to other films featuring Thor and Hulk as well, including Thor trying to use Black Widow’s “the sun’s getting real low” lullaby from Avengers: Age of Ultron to turn the Hulk back into Bruce Banner.

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Waititi talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the balance between honoring the MCU’s history, while also poking fun at it:

“We were making fun of what happened before, but also honoring the groundwork that Thor one and two had done for me. If it were not for those two films, I wouldn’t have been able to be as irreverent and have as much fun as I did with this one. I would still be setting up characters and setting relationship. It was also to say to the everyone who loves those movies and who has come in expecting a certain thing from this film that this is the moment where it ends, at this play.”

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter