Thor Ragnarok Stunned students and silence critics. Why?
Thor Ragnarok was released on November 3rd and is the newest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which all its movies exits. Ragnarok has already grossed 836 million dollars in gross global sales and has been widely loved by critics, boasting a 92% on rotten tomatoes with over 300 critics’ reviews and currently resting at number 79 on Rotten Tomatoes all time best movies list.
Thor is a fun entertaining action comedy. Thor Ragnarok is adapted from the Planet Hulk and God of Thunder comics and follows Thor and his brother Loki on a journey to defeat Hela, the goddess of death. The movie lands all its jokes and was described as “hilarious” by Ava Pingree ‘19. Additionally, Nerdist described it as “light, buoyant, colorful and downright hilarious”.
Emergency Awesome, a YouTube channel dedicated to TV and movie reviews, reported that the first two Thor movies followed the classic comic book styling of “shakespeare in space” mixed with Nordic mythology. However the third entry into the franchise follows a self-aware comedic route in the same vein as Deadpool.
Thor also marked a change in the MCU. After the first two Thor movies, Joanna Robinson reported that Chris Hemsworth told Kevin Feige, the CEO of Marvel Studios, “I feel like I’m dying here. I feel like I am in handcuffs”. Although playing Thor transformed an “Australian TV actor to a worldwide household name,” Hemsworth had become “bored and frustrated” with the bruting character Thor had become. Additionally, the second Thor film, Thor: The Dark World, which was panned by critics and was one of Marvel’s least financially successful films.
Additionally, late 2016 and early 2017 were some of Marvel’s worst quarters financially. Both the Doctor Strange and the sequel in the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy attacked by critics. David Nusair, one of Rotten Tomatoes “top critics” stated that Doctor Strange was “Quite possibly the worst of the Marvel movies” and Anthony Lane, also one of Rotten Tomatoes “tops critics” said that the Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2 was the “most expensive group-therapy session in the universe”. Consequently, Fiege knew that it was time for a change to the franchise, so he hired Australian “goofy” director Tiko Watiti to direct Ragnarok. Feige’s gamble has paid off in dividends. Not only was the film a financial success, but it was also loved by fans. Ellen Jorgensen ‘19 said that “Marvel movies had been declining in quality,” but enjoyed how Ragnorok “made fun of itself, which” she said “brought life back to the franchise.” The success of Thor Ragnarok could possibly make Feige more confident in his decisions to take risks in the future.