What happens when the apocalypse occurs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? While the trailers are presenting a fun movie with lots of bright colors, Thor: Ragnarok is about the end of the world. That isn’t something you can really walk back from, and director Taika Waititi told Screen Rant why he thought this was the best direction to go with the character.
“Well, he’s a lot grubbier. That’s been one of my main things… I think everyone’s a bit too shiny and clean in the other films. So we’re just trying to… I love heroes that really go through ordeals, and they come out the other end completely changed, not just ‘Oh I’ve got a girlfriend now.’ They come out the other side, they’ve been through the ringer.
We do a lot to this character in this film. And you know, a lot of people have been wanting to see this idea of Ragnarok. A lot of people are excited by the idea of what Ragnarok means. But to me, it means stripping down the establishment of what’s already there, and then building it up in a new way. Which is almost like this cyclic idea of Ragnarok.
So there’s my own personal idea of Ragnarok: what we’re doing to the character and to the franchise, and to the story. But in a way where what comes out the other end is way more exciting and interesting. And in a way, you can never go back from that.”
It sounds like not only is the world ending, but Thor himself is going through a major change. We’re going to see a new version of the God of Thunder after this ordeal. It’s interesting that Waititi doesn’t see Ragnarok as just the end of the world, but something much more personal than that. For what looks like, on the surface, at least, to be a fun time is probably going to be a lot deeper and darker than we think.
Summary: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, and Mark Ruffalo. It will be released on November 3rd.