Broadsheet Trailer Park: Thor Ragnarok

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What you may need to know:

1. The Marvel Cinematic Universe rumbles on; it’s the third Thor movie but we’ve kind of lost count what the total number is by now.

2. Thor and its sequel Thor: The Dark World are arguably the worst of the series so far, so Kevin Feige and the lads had a bit of a gamble on their hands for a third outing. When Guardians of the Galaxy was an unexpected (sic) smash hit, all the praise went to its comedy elements. Marvel have now doubled down on that by engaging the services of New Zealand director Taika Waititi for Thor: Ragnarok. Waititi gave us Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) and the vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows (2014), two of the funniest films of the past few years.

3. Hard to tell whether Thor: Ragnarok will go full comedy, but that big green punchline at the end is timed well. Chris Hemsworth has shown some promise in the comedy department now and again as Thor too, including with these spoof shorts.

4. Everyone reacted well to Guardians’ rock soundtrack, so it seems now the rule is all comic book movies need to go that way. Great use of Led Zeppelin tbf. It’s fitting, unlike the truly horrific choices made in Suicide Squad. Eminem? K7? Who thought that was a good idea.

5. There’s Cate Blanchett, looking the part. A quick wiki tells us she plays Hela, ruler of Hel and Nifleheim, frequent foe of Thor in the source comics. Her schemes often involve attempting to raise the dead from Valhalla.

6. There’s Jeff Goldblum. If this wasn’t already shaping up to be a hoot, well…

7. As for the title, Ragnarok is Norse mythology’s version of the apocalypse, during which a great many natural disasters befall the world, leading to the deaths of many of its gods.

8. To be followed by Black Panther in February 2018 (directed by Ryan Coogler, whose blistering debut Fruitvale Station was followed by the improbably excellent Rocky spin-off Creed), and Avengers: Infinity War in May 2018 – rumoured to be the first ever film to touch a budget of €1billion. Before any of those we’ve got Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 this May and Spider-Man: Homecoming in July. Hard to keep up, isn’t it?

Verdict: Aswell as spiralling budgets, the MCU seems increasingly willing to take risks as the years clock up. There’s little to lose with the Thor franchise (see pt. 2). Pretty sure this will be ace.

Release Date: October 27th 2017

32 thoughts on “Broadsheet Trailer Park: Thor Ragnarok

    1. Kevin

      Don’t think so. Also, have you just finished Neil Gaiman’s new book or are you just a fan of norse mythology?

      1. Starina

        both. Gaiman helped flesh out some of the tales for me but it’s not the first book of Norse mythology on my shelf. (I’m a mythology nut)

  1. mildred st. meadowlark

    I’ve missed these.

    Even if I can’t stand these kinds of movies.

    I’d make an exception for Deadpool though.

      1. ahjayzis

        Is anyone else sick to their back teeth of Wolverine movies? I adored the X-men growing up, like the movies too, but enough with bloody Wolverine already. There’s DOZENS of compelling characters to choose from.

        1. Harry Molloy

          I never read comic books or anything growing up but liked the x – men cartoon and some of the films but most were bad. The wolverine ones in particular.

          Logan redeemed the character though, it’s a great film and much more adult in terms of character and tone. It look liked it borrowed heavily from The Last of Us video game if you’ve ever played that.

          1. rotide

            aaaaaand in a full circle motion, judging by this trailer, Thor Ragnarok borrows pretty heavily from Starcraft.

  2. Brother Barnabas

    how come we don’t get bertie’s trailer park things anymore?

    (not saying this one isn’t good — it might be; don’t know as haven’t read it — but BB’s were very good)

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      there was something about waiting for an apolagie for a misdemeanour unspecified

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      Spiderman is probs the most overdone superhero movie ever.

      It’s dull as fupp now.

  3. ivan

    a pedant writes…what’s with the ‘sic’ up there? If you’re quoting a howler in somebody else’s text, you use it. It’s not for introducing a crap pun though…

  4. Cloud

    OP here; “sic” by my understanding is when you say something but you’re aware it might be wrong?

    So I said Guardians was an unexpected hit, but maybe it was expected, I don’t recall and I’m not about to go poring over the wiki and pre-release articles to see what the predictions were. I just remember everyone being pleasantly surprised when it came out.

    I’m a card-carrying grammar nazi though, so if I’m wrong, correct away.

    1. rotide

      you use sic when you reproduce an incorrectly written statement such as quoting a source:

      The defendant wrote ‘your (sic) going to be in this car for days’

    2. ivan

      aye – you use it when

      a) you know somebody else has made a mistake and
      b) the mistake was originally in writing

      It’s the oldskool way of showing smugness :)

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