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The Teaser Trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok” is an absolute hoot

Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the two Thor films have been among the most forgettable. They’re not bad, but they lack personality and the fun of the rest of the MCU. Well, as you’ll see with this Teaser Trailer that debuted yesterday, Thor: Ragnarok certainly seeks to change all of that. As will become apparent, there’s a lighter tone in effect, a larger scale, and a vibe that isn’t at odds with the rest of the MCU. It’s very different, almost entirely in good ways. The Teaser Trailer will probably tickle your fancy, but before we get to that, some mild analysis is coming your way!

This sequel is the third Thor film and one that works as a sequel not just to Thor: The Dark World, but also to Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War as well. Having left Earth, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) now comes home to Asgard and finds trouble. In place of his missing father Odin (Anthony Hopkins), trickster Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has assumed the thrown. As if that’s not trouble enough, Hela (Cate Blanchett), the Asgardian goddess of death has accidentally been freed and takes over. She banishes Thor across the galaxy, where he’s made to compete as a gladiator by Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Supported by Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Thor lucks out when he finds one of his opponents are none other than Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). A team up is then in the cards. Taika Waititi directs a screenplay from the group of Stephany Folsom, Craig Kyle, Eric Pearson, and Christopher Yost. Also in the cast this time around are the likes of Jaimie Alexander, Benedict Cumberbatch (cameoing as Doctor Strange), Idris Elba, Sam Neill, Ray Stevenson, Karl Urban, Ken Watanabe, and of course, a cameo from Stan Lee. Cinematography will be by Javier Aguirresarobe, while the score comes to us courtesy of Mark Mothersbaugh.

Without question, this looks like the most fun the God of Thunder and company have had in some time. Closer in spirit to something like Guardians of the Galaxy than Thor or Thor: The Dark World, it’s almost building towards a romp. To be sure, there are stakes, but the presumed adventure that Thor and Hulk will have as they make their way home should be joyful for film fans. This movie won’t suddenly become an awards player beyond where the MCU normally contends, but it marks another bold tinker for a company that almost always hits their marks. The MCU just gets stronger and stronger.

As a reminder, here is how I stack the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far:

14. Thor: The Dark World
13. The Incredible Hulk
12. Iron Man 2
11. Thor
10. Iron Man 3
9. Avengers: Age of Ultron
8. Captain America: The First Avenger
7. Ant-Man
6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5. Doctor Strange
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
3. The Avengers
2. Captain America: Civil War
1. Iron Man

Below you will see the Teaser Trailer in question, but just know that Thor: Ragnarok seems poised to be another huge hit for Marvel. The franchise has consistently been towards the bottom of the MCU, ranking rise (as shown above), but that could very well change this fall. November can’t come soon enough for superhero fans now, and that’s not exactly having solely to do with Justice League. Now, Thor: Ragnarok has thrown down and could be the late year comic book flick to beat. Take a gander at the Teaser Trailer and sit tight for more on the film in the months to come…

Here now is the Teaser Trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, in all of its glory:

Stay tuned for lots more on Thor: Ragnarok between now and its release date in November!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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