Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ makes shocking success

Newest Marvel Cinematic Universe outing receives highest rating to date for Marvel Studios


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Thor: Ragnarok” released in theaters on Friday, Nov. 3 to the biggest acclaim Marvel Studios has received in recent time.

The two hour and 10 minute extravaganza sees Thor (Chris Hemsworth) attempt to stop Hela (Cate Blanchett) from seizing the throne of Asgard. During his initial attempt, Thor is thrown across the galaxy, landing on a planet called Sakar. There, he discovers the planet is ruled by the mysterious “Grandmaster” (Jeff Goldblum) who forces all who land on Sakar to battle it out in gladiatorial combat. Thor agrees to battle after being promised freedom from the Grandmaster and ends up facing the long-lost Avenger, The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). After the fight, Thor and The Hulk team up with newcomer Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Thor’s half-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to stop Hela once and for all.

“Ragnarok” opens with a battle between Thor and the forces of the realm of fire, Muspelheim, set to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” making for one of the most interesting and entertaining fights in all of Marvel history.

“Thor: Ragnarok” is incredibly fast paced, never leaving viewers tired of a fight scene or bored with exposition waiting to move on to the next scene. “Ragnarok” also managed to cut between Asgard and Sakar quite frequently without being annoying or making the story intangible.

This entry in the Thor trilogy has arguably taken the spot as the funniest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Every character at some point had the audience bursting into tears because they were laughing so hard, without taking away from the plot. The funniest character by far was Korg (voiced by director Taika Waititi), who stole the scene every time he spoke.

As with any Marvel movie, plenty of references to the wider Marvel universe can be found. Two of the most notable beings to hold the title of “God of Thunder” are referenced. At one point Thor talks to Loki about a time when Loki turned him into a frog, which was a clever nod to the period of Marvel Comics when the Power of Thor was wielded by a frog (named Throg). A statue is seen on Sakar of Beta Ray Bill, the horse-faced alien who took up the mantle of Thor multiple times throughout the years. The Cosmic Cube, the device which was revealed in “Avengers 2” to hold the Space Infinity Stone, is seen in Odin’s Vault, alongside many other famous MCU items, including an infinity gauntlet. Matt Damon also makes a cameo in a quick comedic sketch.

The previous entry in the MCU, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” received some critique due to the fact that many fans claimed the plot was spoiled through the trailers. The Marvel marketing team took this criticism and applied what they learned for the release of Thor and edited multiple scenes in the trailers so that they didn’t spoil anything, which was greatly appreciated.

With Thor’s last solo outing, “Thor: The Dark World,” being the lowest rated movie in the MCU, many fans were rightfully skeptic about “Ragnarok” when it was first announced. However, Thor’s latest adventure proves to be a fast-paced, action-packed, hilarious movie worthy of all praise it receives. There is no doubt “Ragnarok” is one of the best movies the MCU has delivered.