So, we’re all in agreement that Thor: Ragnarok is going to be the biggest hit of 2017, right?
What else is coming out this year? Star Wars Episode VIII? Pfft. Who cares about that?
Justice League? Nah! It’s small potatoes compared to the Mighty Thor.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2? It’s not like the last one was any good.
Come to think of it, there sure are a lot of movies coming out this year that deal heavily with aliens and space battles, aren’t there?
Among them all, though, Thor: Ragnarok is the one that’s going to turn the most heads. Why? Because of Taika Waititi.
We’ve seen just how well this New Zealander’s quirky sense of humor works with the fantastical elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Between the Team Thor short and the mid credits scene for Doctor Strange, it’s clear that Waititi is in no hurry to take Odinson seriously, when he can instead have him coercing his friends into emailing the Avengers for him, or provide him with a magical, infinite supply of beer.
Sure, Thor: Ragnarok might not be the biggest movie of the year when it comes to box office sales, but it’s the only film on the long list of science fiction properties that is such an unknown entity.
We know what we’re getting with Star Wars and Guardians. Justice League is still going to have that Zack Snyder grime to it, regardless of whether it contains slightly more moments of levity than previous entries in the series or not.
But for what is arguably the weakest series in the Marvel collective franchise, Thor has something that none of these other movies have: potential for change.
Ragnarok is going to be different to what’s come before in Thor movies, as two underwhelming films has left Marvel willing to experiment with a beloved character in a way we don’t usually get to see this far into a franchise.
The new, finally released synopsis for the movie, is proof of how much Marvel is prepared to shake things up for Thor:
“In Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!”
This blurb confirms a few things that we already knew—that this movie is, in part, an adaption of the Planet Hulk comics. But we also learn that this film isn’t going to spend a lot of time in the Asgardian realm, as we instead see a lot of planet hopping space opera action.
Boy, there are a lot of Star Wars-y movies coming out these days.
It’s almost as if Disney bought Marvel with the hope of being able to turn it into a new Star Wars, then got offered the rights to Star Wars as well, and thought, “Screw it! You can never have too much Star Wars!”
Meanwhile, Justice League is throwing around concepts like Mother Boxes and the potential for more Kryptonian hijinks, in a desperate attempt to out-Avengers Marvel. Good luck with that.
All of this means that we’re going to get a Thor film that thinks it’s a Star Wars, which is something new, and fun, and explosive.
Is there a danger of Star Wars oversaturation?
Disney certainly hopes not. We haven’t gotten bored of comic book movies yet, so here’s hoping there’s room this year for three Disney blockbusters which deal solely with wars space.