A new poster for Thor: Ragnarok has been unveiled, and it leaves us with two key questions.
Firstly, what exactly is Taika Waititi smoking?
Secondly, where can we get some?
It’s been clear throughout the development for the third Thor movie that this is going to be something new, weird, and beautiful. After all, why hire the director of What We Do in the Shadows if you don’t want a supernatural comedy?
But with Doctor Strange proving that Marvel fans will very happily sit through a two hour drug trip movie, it seems that Marvel has thrown caution to the wind and produced a poster that looks like it was painted by a guy called Moonbeam, whose long term substance abuse has left him severe short term memory challenges.
There are some interesting things to be learned from this poster, of course.
We finally get some nice visual confirmation that Ragnarok is going to be a secret Planet Hulk movie, as Bruce Banner’s alter ego is dressed to kill (literally) in his otherworldly gladiatorial outfit.
How closely the movie will follow the comic remains to be seen – after all, the Planet Hulk book is about Hulk leading a ragtag band of gladiators to galactic conquest all by himself, Bruce Banner only shows up for a single page, and (spoiler alert) the entire book ends with the death of everyone Hulk has met on the titular planet.
It’d be a bit of a downer to appear in a Marvel movie, a universe in which no significant character ever dies in case there’s a need for more action figures in the future.
Meanwhile, Thor’s got some nice swords, which seem to have either met with some yellow-blooded aliens, or a day of paintballing.
But where’s Mjolnir? Is this a significant plot point for the movie, or just a fun image for the poster?
The trouble with Marvel is that they’ve shaken up their characters in the comics so much lately that you never know what direction their movies will go in.
Will Thor become known as Odinson, as Mjolnir is passed on to a new worthy owner?
Or are we all simply reading way too much into a colorful poster that’s clearly not meant to be taken seriously?
Only time will tell.
Now, if only there was a way to speed up the passage of time. Come on, Taika Waititi, share your stash with us!