We finally have a trailer for the upcoming Thor Ragnarok, giving us a bit more information on the storyline and showing us the major characters in action. Set, appropriately, to Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song, the trailer sees Thor encountering Hela, who seems to be launching an attack on Asgard. Robbed of his hammer, Thor is ultimately captured and brought to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) to fight in his games.
So, some quick thoughts:
- I love that they used Led Zeppelin for the trailer.
- Helmets! Hela has her crazy, but iconic headgear. In previous images of Cate Blanchett, we always saw her face, but the trailer shows her in her full, majestic Goddess of Death finery. In addition to that, both Thor and Loki have variations on their comic helms.
- Tessa Thompson’s character (supposedly a valkyrie, but I’m not sure if it’s Brunhilde) is in the employ of the Grandmaster. I can’t recall if the previous films made mention of the valkyrie, so I am not sure if they exist in the MCU, or if she left their number to join Grandmaster for some reason
- No sign of Odin, although we see Loki. Is he continuing to impersonate the All-Father?
- I really hope that they follow Norse mythology (and the comics) and keep Hela as Loki’s daughter.
- Given that we see Hela, and given the title of the film, I wonder if we will see Loki’s other children, Jormundgand and the Fenris Wolf.
- I still don’t understand the decision to use a title card that looks like it’s from an 80’s arcade game
I know that some people aren’t fans of Thor and consider his previous films to be amoung the weaker entries in the MCU, but I love the character. He is the closest thing the films have at the moment to a Superman-level character, so he’s suitable for the big, epic stories and battles. I also love Norse mythology and while the films (and comics) deviate wildly from the source, there is still enough of the grandeur of Asgard for me to enjoy.
Hulk looks great. His scenes should be suitably impressive, though I hope that this is the last time we will see him fighting against one of his fellow heroes. It was all but required in the first Avengers and it was logical enough in Age of Ultron, but it’s time for him to focus on smashing the bad guys instead of his allies.
I really hope that this will not be the final film for Thor. There is so much potential for great films based on Norse myths that it would be a shame not to explore it. I would love to see Surtur, for example.
I’m not sure why the film is named Ragnarok, as it doesn’t seem to actually deal with the Twilight of the Gods as it is usually portrayed, thought the film may be using the name simply to refer to a large scale battle against Asgard.
Thor Ragnarok is one of the superhero movies coming this year that I am most interested in, thought it is not due until November 3rd. Fortunately, we have a number of ofther comic films to keep us occupied between now and then.
What are your thoughts on the new trailer? I’d love to hear some comments.