In case you haven’t heard yet, Marvel released the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok earlier this morning. Let’s go live to the general reaction across the Internet:
Cate Blanchett singlehandedly crushing Thor’s hammer like it was the lead role in an Oscar movie? A whole bunch of people in weird-ass helmets? The Hulk as some kind of space gladiator? And it’s all set to Led Zeppelin? Yeah. It’s pretty great. In fact – and I want to be careful not to hype this thing too much – I’m pretty sure it just might be the best Marvel movie yet.
Yes. As in, the actual trailer itself. Hear me out for a second.
Trailers > movies.
I’m willing to bet there’s already a few hundred YouTube videos out there dedicated to a frame-by-frame breakdown of this thing, seeing as how we live in an age where every major new trailer gets obsessively poured over and dissected for Easter eggs – AKA, what we used to just call “the movie’s plot.” At this point, we get more collectively hyped for the latest trailer release than the actual movies themselves.
Because, see, the full Thor: Ragnarok could be great. Or it could be just OK. Really, there’s no way of knowing until next November. But this trailer? We already know it’s the Best. Thing. Ever. Advantage: trailer.
It looks fun AF.
Civil War was great. It was also kind of a downer. Watching Iron Man and Captain America fight was like watching our parents get divorced. …Is this our fault? Did we do something wrong? But after watching this trailer, I think it’s safe to say Thor: Ragnarok will involve approx. zero scenes of characters arguing around a conference table about signing some peace accord.
Instead, we’ve got loads and loads of Jack Kirby-inspired space/fantasy camp as the Thor universe spills over into the Guardians of the Galaxy, uh, galaxy. With all the Marvel movies starting to blend together into one interconnected uber-franchise, this looks… different. In the best possible way.
Two words: Jeff Goldblum.
Also, the Hulk!
According to Wikipedia, the third standalone Thor movie is going to use elements of the “Planet Hulk” comic storyline. And I have no clue what that is, but considering Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk has been one of the best parts of both Avengers movies to date, Planet Hulk sounds like a place I definitely want to visit. I’m just waiting for The New York Times to do a “36 Hours in…” on it first.
The song choice is spot on.
You mean to tell me that Thor has appeared in four Marvel movies (well, four-and-a-half if you’re counting post-credits scenes), and this is the first time they’ve used “Immigrant Song” anywhere? What are those guys even doing over there?
It’s got a solid punchline.
Don’t let the fact that Chris Hemsworth looks like he was spit out by an algorithm designed to create squared-jawed leading men fool you. Thor calling the Hulk “a friend from work” just underlines the Marvel-verse’s secret weapon: Chris Hemsworth’s comedy chops. Underrate them at your peril.
It’s not three hours long.
I love superhero movies as much as the next fan, but we’re reaching the point where you have to pack a lunch and four litres of water per person just to make it through the latest one. Meanwhile, this trailer clocks in at under two minutes. I rest my case.