Hi everybody! Welcome to MC Tuesday, where we watch a movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Have you seen Infinity War yet? I’m going this weekend. But for now, let’s talk about 2017″s Thor: Ragnarok. Like Spider-man: Homecoming, this was my first time watching it. The movie is directed by Taika Waititi. I’m not familiar with his body of work, except that he did some episodes of The Inbetweeners. This makes sense, considering there’s so much humor in the movie. Okay, let’s get into Thor: Ragnarok.
The Tone-down is an Upgrade
By far, this is my favorite version of Thor (Chris Hemsworth). This version also seems appropriate for this part of the timeline. At the moment, Thor has had a lot of interaction with the humans of earth. The result is a more toned-down behavior. He is less Shakespeare in the Park and more homeboy down the street. I thought this is a refreshing change to the stuffy Thor I’m used to. I’m living for “’round the way boy” Thor.
Besides the cooler Thor, we encounter Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in this movie. If you recall, Hulk has been on the planet Sakaar for two years. While there, he serves as the Grandmaster’s (the brilliant Jeff Goldblum) champion. In this two years, he has not been the sulky Banner, but Hulk. I love the conversations between Hulk and Thor. They are so childish!!!
Is it just me, or does Thor have the worst siblings ever? We all know that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is an overly ambitious backstabber. This movie is no exception. He is also the most unlucky, lucky bastard I have ever watched. He is supposed to be stuck on Sakaar but still manages to return to Aasgard.
Just when you think you cannot get worse than Loki, here comes Hela, Goddess of Death (Cate Blanchett). Hela is Thor’s older, very bitter sister. This woman has serious daddy issues, but she can fight. Actually, I cannot blame her too much for her daddy issues, Odin did lock her away. But jeez woman! Do some yoga, see a therapist, do anything but destroy Aasgard. When it comes to siblings, Thor lost the lottery.
Speaking of kickass females, Thor runs into a former Valkyrie on Sakaar. Valkyrie is played by Tessa Thompson. I know she is on Westworld and as one of Janelle Monae’s love interests in the Dirty Computer video (by the way, that album is amazing!). But I completely forgot that she was also in part of a season of Veronica Mars. At any rate, she is awesome in this movie. I love the female warriors in the MCU. They are always so strong, but vulnerable.
Strange and Stinger
Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) makes an appearance in this one. My fangirl radar went berserk when I saw the address of the New York sanctum. If you missed it, it was 177a Bleaker Street. I see what you did there movie! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, comment down below, I’ll fill you in.
The first stinger of the movie shows Thor and Loki going back to Earth in a spaceship when they encounter a larger spaceship (I’m assuming this has something to do with Infinity War. NO SPOILERS). The second stinger is a funny moment where the Grandmaster tries to talk himself out of getting killed by a bunch of rebels.
Wrapping it Up
Well, that’s it for Thor: Ragnarok. Next time, we finally go to Wakanda with Black Panther. Yay! I am excited to share my thoughts with you about the movie! Until then, be sure to join me for Anime Thursday, where we talk about Hinamatsuri.