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At a brief 1 minute and 53 seconds, the trailer for the third Thor film wisely chooses not get bogged down in exposition. Instead, we are treated to a flurry of images which provides you a sense of the size and scope this film will have. It also gives us a peek at what kind of tone director Taika Waititi is aiming for.
While the dialogue is sparse, what little is given tells us things aren’t going too well for the Mighty Avenger.
Click below to see the trailer and see the return of Thor, Loki and the Incredible Hulk.
The trailer begins with Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) wrapped in chains as he is lowered into what appears to be the Asgardian version of where all bad souls go after they die – Hel. We are given several glimpses of Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of Hela, ruler of the underworld. Decked in all black, Blanchett is nearly unrecognizable as she singlehandedly destroys Mjolnir – Thor’s magical hammer.
“Asgard is dead,” Hela says, as Thor’s home world is laid to waste.
In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is comprised of several epic events which cause the deaths of multiple gods, including Odin, Thor and Loki. This alone would make for an intriguing Thor film, but it’s the appearance of everyone’s favorite green goliath which has most Marvel movies fans frothing at the mouth with excitement.
With Mjolnir shattered and Led Zepplein’s “Immigrant Song” blaring, we see Thor whisked away to a planet inhabited by dangerous and unsavory characters. Captured and imprisoned, Thor is groomed to participate in gladiatorial contests. As we see at the end of the trailer, Thor’s opponent in a life-or-death duel is none other than Bruce Banner/The Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo).
While it was previously revealed Hulk would be appearing in Thor: Ragnarok, you still can’t help but shake with joy seeing the jade giant wearing a Spartan helmet as he leaps into battle in a gladiator arena.
Marvel Studios continues to select great, left-of-center directors to helm their films and the New Zealand-born Waititi is no exception. Most known for his comedic film What We Do In The Shadows, Waititi’s lesser known films such as Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople are strong on character and drama. If he can bring both his razor sharp humor and meaty dramatic moments to Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi may deliver one of the best Marvel films to date.
The film looks to potentially have the most diverse set pieces of any Marvel film as well. From New York City, the pits of Hel, Asgard and the gladiator planet, Thor: Ragnarok may very well live up to the 80’s space opera vibe its trailer gives off.
So if you want to see how and why Hulk became an intergalactic gladiator, and if he will join Thor when the latter inevitably returns to Asgard to bring an end to Hela’s reign of terror, you’ll have to check out Thor: Ragnarok when it hits U.S. theaters on Nov. 3, 2017.