Marvel Introduces us to “Funny” Thor…it Works!

Marvel Introduces us to

Ainsley Maddalena - Reporter

You know that feeling when you have something on your calendar for months and then when the day finally arrives you can’t contain yourself?  That was me November 5th, the day of my fifteenth birthday and being the Marvel enthusiast that I am, I couldn’t think of anything better to do than to see Thor: Ragnarok, the franchise’s latest film, with my friends and family.

Allow me to start by saying that if you haven’t seen any of the other movies, you will be completely lost by this whole article so I advise you to turn away and only return when you have watched Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Now, I’m not going to lie, Thor isn’t my favorite superhero (Spider-Man is) but I do take a particular interest in Loki due to the fact that I love tricking people and pitting people against each other for my own self enjoyment but when it comes to the whole murdering people and world-destruction, I’ll pass. As for Thor, I have always believed he provided great comic relief in The Avengers but don’t pride myself on knowing much about him unlike I do with Spider-Man.

In preparation, like the amazing fan-girl of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (M.C.U.) I am, I took to YouTube and watched as many trailers as I could, watching some more than once (I hope that gives a good idea of just how many friends I have, the answer being a hand full). Once I felt like I was thoroughly prepared and had my expectations set, I was finally ready to sit through the duration of two hours and ten minutes with a mid set slightly above Simon Cowell.

The movie began with one of the best opening scenes I’ve seen since Weird Science. Without giving anything way, it was amazing. Next followed one of the best Thor and Loki scenes including a reenactment of  Thor (2011) with a cameo by Jason Bourne himself, Matt Damon, in which everyone was doubled over twice. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston executed this extremely well, providing the perfect combination of humor and charm while Damon stood in the background minding his own business. Thor and Loki then proceeded to Earth in search of their father, Odin, where they instead found Doctor Strange.

When encountering Hela, the Goddess of Death, you could see the fury in Loki’s eyes as Hela stole his infamously brilliant line, “kneel”. From then on, things went south. Without giving too much away, an instance occurs where Thor and Loki end up on a different planet, Sakaar, ruled by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). There, Thor is captured by Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), the alcohol-addicted bounty hunter who takes him to the Grandmaster.

After losing Mjolnir (hammer), being electrocuted, captured and sold, lied to by Loki who had gained the trust of the Grandmaster and had apparently been there for two or so weeks, having his hair cut off by Stan Lee, and thrown into a prison, Thor looked like death warmed over. Korg (Taika Waititi, also director of this film) tells Thor how none has ever beaten the Grandmaster’s champion.

If you remember from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hulk steals the quinjet and disappears and has been gone ever since. In this movie Mark Ruffalo returns as the Incredible Hulk, the Grandmaster’s champion. When Thor finds this out, he is overjoyed and even tells Loki, who is petrified (flashback to Avengers). During the fight scene between Thor and Hulk, Hemsworth delivered the comedic punch “he’s a friend from work”, given to him by a Make a Wish kid during filming.

Of course, Hulk won and then it was all about escaping Sakaar. Finally, Hulk transforms back into Bruce Banner after seeing a video of Natasha Romanoff A.K.A. Black Widow after being the ginormous green mutant for two years. Thor and Bruce then go on to recruit Valkyrie and Loki to form the Revengers – Thor’s idea, not mine – and attempt to take back Asgard and destroy hela.

With all of that said, I’ll leave you with this: Waititi and the rest of the cast have been very vocal about the film being improvised and in this case, it worked out extremely well. I think when directors allow actors that kind of freedom it can go really well or really bad and after seeing how funny Hemsworth was in Ghostbusters, he wanted to show the more comedic side of Thor. I give it a ten out of ten and a twenty out of ten for comedy purposes, so don’t worry about your money being wasted.