Believe it or not, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is the seventeenth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; and the franchise does not seem to be slowing down. However, since 2014’s surprise hit ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, Marvel Studios has felt the need to fuse the action genre with more comedic elements. That does not seem to be a bad thing, since audiences still seem to have a blast at the movies every time. I even enjoyed ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ with all the jokes and some of the spectacle it had to offer, more so than the previous ‘Thor’ movies. While ‘Thor’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’ had spectacular visuals and humor to even the tension, those movies were quite fine with what they gave us. I will go so far as to say that ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is a fast-paced, humorous, and somewhat epic ride, thanks to director Taika Waititi’s energy and Mark Mothersbaugh’s score.
For those who were waiting to see Thor (Chris Hemsworth) return to the big screen, it is safe to say that fans of the character can finally breathe, yet will also be confused to see what has happened to our favorite “God of Thunder” and funny friend, as he keeps us up to date to what has led him to be imprisoned by fire demon Surtur. (Voice of Clancy Brown) (which leads to not just a seemingly epic fight between the two, but also includes Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ to accompany the action.) Like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Vol. 2’, the world of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is expanded; there are more worlds to explore and new characters to meet, just to bring more obscure Marvel comic characters to life; the likes of Valkyrie, (Tessa Thompson) The Grandmaster, (Jeff Goldblum) and Hela (Cate Blanchett) are supportive, as well as likable. Though we cannot forget about old friends, Loki, (Tom Hiddleston) and the Hulk, (Mark Ruffalo) who happens to be on the planet Sakaar. What is he doing there? Any fan could tell you that it is an element of the 2006 ‘Planet Hulk’ issues; yet for movie’s sake, he is the Grandmaster’s unbeaten warrior, who Thor is challenged to fight, resulting in an exciting reunion and another adrenaline-pumping fight. This eventually leads Thor to channel Hulk’s alter ego Bruce Banner, while teaming up with both Loki and Valkyrie to save the city of Asgard from not just Hela’s rule, but an apocalyptic event known as “Ragnarok”
This may all seem like a cliché, yet I can guarantee that ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ has enough fun moments that make those flaws easy to overlook. When we go to action movies, we expect to have fun. With Marvel Studios, there is no need to worry, because they live to entertain their audience while enlightening their most beloved (and obscure) characters and taking us to new heights with each film in this never-ending franchise. Now I cannot wait to see what they have in store with ‘Black Panther’!