The past couple of weeks have proven to be a bit of a publicity war between
DC Films and Marvel Studios. A mere three days after the release of the
new Justice League trailer, Marvel revealed their first full theatrical
trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming. After this, DC countered with the
massive announcement that not only is a solo Batgirl film in the works, but
that it is set to be written and directed by Avengers alum, Joss Whedon.
Now, Marvel has felt the need to step up their game even further by giving
us the first teaser for the superhero film that will be directly going up
against Justice League this November; Thor: Ragnarok.
While Thor has always been a central Avengers character and has always been
welcome as a supporting character in the Avengers films, his solo movies
haven’t been held in such a high regard. While still successful in his own
right, Thor has proven to be the lowest grossing character in the Marvel
Cinematic Universe that has had more than one movie released. However, if
this new trailer is any indicator, “Ragnarok” could prove to be a massive
game changer for the son of Odin.
The trailer begins with our hero (Chris Hemsworth) dangling in chains above
a fiery pit, narrating “I suppose you’re wondering how I got here?”. We are
instantly introduced to the film’s villain, Hela (Cate Blanchett), the
Asgardian goddess of death. Engaged in a battle with Thor, the
villainess shatters Thor’s indestructible hammer Mjolnir as though it is
made of glass. The trailer proceeds to show us footage of Hela’s army
overtaking Asgard while inter cutting brief appearances of Jeff Goldblum as
Grandmaster and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, two new characters to the
Marvel Cinematic Universe. We see a brief shot showcasing the return of Tom
Hiddleston’s Loki, who appears to be leading an army of his own. Next we
are thrust into an enormous gladiator arena where a now short-haired Thor
is preparing to battle an unknown opponent. Thor suddenly becomes ecstatic
when it’s revealed that his nemesis is none other than his friend and
fellow Avenger, the Incredible Hulk. The two charge at each other before
the title card is revealed.
While the Justice League trailer may have provided some incredible effects
and thrills, Thor: Ragnarok is giving us that plus a sense of fun and
euphoria often seen in MCU films. While most (myself included) will be
seeing both films this November, it’s very clear as to which one will be
more delightful. Thor: Ragnarok hits theatres everywhere on November 3rd.