Thor Ragnarok has been a massive blockbuster for Marvel and has already raked in over $170 million in a couple of weeks. It is the funniest Marvel movie ever and best Thor movie for sure. The first reactions from the audience are very positive and everything from visual effects to storytelling is just impeccable. The movie is sitting on 93% on Rotten Tomatoes at present.
It is inspired by Jack Kirby’s Ragnarok comic wherein Asgard is burned to the ground and rebuilt from the ashes. The plot revolves around Thor’s struggle to stop goddess of death from destroying his home planet. The critics have heaped massive praise on Taika Waititi direction style and the fun elements introduced in the movie.
Apart from the usual cast including Chris Hemsworth (Thor, God of Thunder), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Anthony Hopkins (Odin) and Idris Elba (Heimdall), the movie also features two-time Oscar award winner Cate Blanchett as the powerful new villain Hela (leader of Doomeo i.e Asgardian Hell); Jeff Goldblum as the eccentric grandmaster who is an elder of the universe, he is sometimes called as “Inter-galactic Cosmic Pleasure-seeker”, he possessed the mind-gem until Thanos took it away from him; Tessa Thomson as the classic hero Valkyrie who may play Thor’s love interest; Karl Urban as Skurge who is a powerful warrior and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/ Hulk.
There have been plenty of changes, edits and re-shoots in the making of Ragnarok. Guess what, in the original script, there was supposed to be a major throwback to first Thor movie. In the interview with Yahoo, the screenwriter Eric Pearson revealed that the original script contained a scene where Hela would make her way to the armor in search of Heimdall’s sword and then would confront the Asgardian artifact ‘Destroyer’ which she would destroy very easily. The scene was cut as it felt totally unnecessary. Here’s what Pearson said:
“There was also a scene where she thought they were hiding the sword in the armory, this big fortress, she goes up, and the Destroyer armor comes out to take her out, and she just rips that thing apart too, just to call back the Destroyer armor. And it just felt like an extra beat that we didn’t need. We needed to get Thor pushing back to Asgard as fast as possible.”
The Destroyer was introduced in Thor when Loki brought the object to life and sent it to Planet Earth, Thor fought against a powerful armor but then regained his powers before the end. Hopefully, we will see Destroyer getting hammered (pun intended) in the Blu ray or DVD version of the movie.
Recently, the director Taika Waititi spoke with Digitalspy and explained that the scene where Hela destroys Mjolnir was supposed to be totally different. In the first trailer, we were made to believe that Thor’s hammer destruction will take place in New York alleyway where Odin was living as a homeless man. But the latest TV spots showed us the scene took place in an open field with a landscape similar to Coast of Iceland. Here’s what he said:
“We wanted to go somewhere peaceful and actually like chill out with those characters, and be with Odin while he imparts his wisdom and stuff and not have to hear like stupid yellow cabs honking out the back. It just felt like a terrible environment to have a scene which could be very emotional for what happens with Odin and the boys.”
In many ways, the movie Thor Ragnarok was different from the comics, although, there were many aspects borrowed from comics. For instance, Hela’s powers are taken from Aaron’s character Gorr aka God Butcher. On the other hand, there were major differences between movie and comics.
In the comics, Thor’s power is tied to his hammer Mjolnir. In fact, in Marvel comic titled The Mighty Thor # 12, the history of God of Thunder was rewritten only to show how special Mjolnir really is.
Many many years ago, when Odin met the powerful cosmic force known as God Tempest, he used dark magic to trap it inside Uru which he forged into the hammer. In fact, the hammer is so powerful that anyone who is worthy can lift it and become Thor. Lately in comics, Jane Foster has become female Thor. But in the movie, Thor discovered that the real power lies within and Mjolnir was just the conduit.
Here’s the official synopsis of the movie:
“Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization”.
The movie has all the ingredients to become a massive blockbuster and enter into Billion dollar club. CHEERS!