Thor: Ragnarok impresses waiting fans


Director Taika Waititi and Christopher Hemsworth as Thor on set of the film.

With the Thor trilogy beginning in 2011, Thor: Ragnarok has been a much awaited final chapter in the series. The absence of Thor and Hulk in Captain America: Civil War caused many fans to wonder what these staple characters were doing. Fans were definitely not disappointed with the answers. Within the first weekend of its release, Thor: Ragnarok grossed $122.7 million and became the number one movie of the weekend as well as the number one Thor opening. Due to new characters and a newfound humor that was not present in previous Thor movies, Thor: Ragnarok fared far better than its two prequels. The film was also received by the audiences and critics extremely well with Rotten Tomatoes awarding the movie a 92%. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Ruffalo reprise their roles of Thor, Loki, and Hulk respectively, and the addition of new characters adds to the excitement. Cate Blanchett stars as the antagonist Hela, the goddess of death. A guest appearance by Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, and the introduction of new characters such as Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Korg (Taika Waititi) made the movie more thrilling. At the same time, the film, despite receiving great reviews, lacked a substantial plot line.

The movie starts off with Thor in a jail cell on a barren land, supposedly on his unsuccessful quest to find the Infinity Stones. He has been imprisoned by Surtur, a fire demon who claims that Asgard will be destroyed during Ragnarok, a prophesied occurrence in which the gods will meet their ends. Defeating Surtur, Thor believes that he has prevented Ragnarok; however, he couldn’t be more wrong. Shortly after his victory against Surtur, it is revealed that he has a long-imprisoned, evil sister, Hela, the goddess of death. Hela returns to Asgard to cause havoc and death among the realms. Within the first 30 minutes of the movie, a dreaded event occurs: the destruction of Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Shortly after,Thor and Loki get lost and end up in Sakaar, a wasteland inhabited by the outcasts of the universe. Here, the whereabouts of Hulk are revealed. With the help of Thor, Hulk returns to his human form of Bruce Banner. To find their way off the land of Sakaar, uneasy alliances are made between Thor, Loki, Bruce Banner, and the newly introduced Valkyrie. Upon their return to Asgard, Thor and Loki, as sons of Odin, are obliged to make bold decisions for the well-being of not only themselves, but also their people.

With the end of the movie and the post credits scene hinting the future of the Asgardians by referencing the events of Infinity War, there is high anticipation for future Marvel movies. Overall, the performances of the actors have been greatly appraised, with critic Neal Soans stating, “Filled from start to finish with its own quirky flavor, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is another entry from Marvel you simply cannot miss!” With the incredible success of Thor: Ragnarok, the peak and climax of the first phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise is eagerly awaited.