The first reactions to Taika Waititi’s ‘Thor: Raganarok’ are in and the majority are hailing it as a hit! Whilst the review embargo is yet to be lifted, the social media embargo lifted a few hours ago!
A number of reactions hail MCU newcomer Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie, as the standout in the film, with Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk also getting his fair share of love. Cate Blanchett is also being praised for her role as Hela, with lots of critics admiring her role as the big-bad and that she looks like she had a lot of fun doing it.
As I’d hoped, Waititi is being praised a helluva lot for injecting his style into the MCU and into the character, and whilst it does appear that this third ‘Thor’ film is mostly self-contained, I hope that Waititi’s influence and style for Thor stick as we lead into ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and see Thor team back up with the Avengers, as well as all the other heroes we’ve come across in MCU so far.
A fair number of critics are also hailing it as the best ‘Thor’ film to date!
Below are a selection of early reactions:
“In Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!”
Marvel’s synopsis for the third Thor film confirms we’ll see Mark Ruffalo’s Incredible Hulk go head to head with Thor in a intergalactic gladiator arena, an idea straight from the ‘Planet Hulk’ comics. We’ve known for some time that the ‘Planet Hulk’ comics would have some influence in this film, especially since Hulk’s armour went on display at last years San Diego Comic Con.
The last time we saw Thor, he was enjoying a beer in New York’s Sanctum Santorium with Doctor Strange, who had just agreed to help him find his father on the promise that both he and Loki leave Earth once Odin is found. We last saw Hulk flying off in a Quintjet at the end of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, and his whereabouts since then has remained a mystery. Hopefully this film will give us some more details as to how Hulk ended up at the arena and what else he’s been up to.
Cate Blanchett will be playing the role of the “all-powerful new threat” , Hela, who we can assume is the reason why Thor and Loki team up to find their father. Joining Blanchett as new members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are Tessa Thompson, who is playing Asgardian warrior Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum will make an appearance as Grandmaster, and Karl Urban will portay Skurge, a villain in the film.
Taika Waititi is in the director’s chair for Thor’s third solo outing, his previous films include ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ and last years brilliantly heartwarming and hilarious “Hunt for the Wilderpeople“. After the mixed reception of both ‘Thor’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’, I think Waititi could be the director to deliver us the Thor film we deserve. His directorial style, humour, and passion for the films he makes are a recipe for success and I’m incredibly excited to see the result.
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is released in UK theatres 27th October 2017