thor ragnarok box office

Have you heard of this little indie movie company called Marvel Studios? I think they’re going places. Case in point: their latest small, art-house film Thor: Ragnarok just cleaned up at the box office. The successful Thor: Ragnarok box office intake is good news for Marvel and even better news for the film’s director, Taika Waititi, who should probably have free rein to make whatever film he wants now.

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Thor Ragnarok Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.)

No one would ever accuse the Marvel Cinematic Universe of being dark and serious, but with Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel goes into full-comedy mode, crafting their funniest film to date. Perhaps finally realizing how inconsequential and dry the Thor films have been, Marvel hired What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi and let him go wild. The results are laugh-out-loud funny, albeit with a caveat: Thor: Ragnarok cares more about landing a great punchline or sight-gag than it does about plot. 

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Thor Ragnarok 4D

Thor: Ragnarok is now playing in theaters everywhere. It’s fun! And the main source of all that fun is the incredibly likable, charismatic cast that director Taika Waititi has assembled for the film. At a recent screening of  Thor: Ragnarok, the cast got together to act out the movie, live for a goofy presentation called Thor Ragnarok 4D! It looks like it was very entertaining, even though it includes a heavy dose of James Corden.

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Thor: Ragnarok Sneak Peek Video

We’ve already seen plenty from Thor: Ragnarok thanks to the trailers released by Marvel Studios, not to mention the featurette introducing The Revengers, a TV spot highlighting the strongest Avenger, and a clip giving us a taste of The Grandmaster. But now that the movie is under a week away from hitting theaters in the United States, we’re getting to the point that too much footage is being shown, and more arrives everyday.

If you’re already on board to see Thor: Ragnarok, then we recommend that you stay away from the latest sneak peek video released online. Most of it features extended moments from the TV spots and trailers we’ve already seen, but there are also plenty of new moments that would be much better left out of sight and mind as we wait for the movie to arrive, including one particular action sequence from towards the end of the movie. Watch the Thor: Ragnarok sneak peek video if you dare, but you’ve been warned. Read More »

Thor Ragnarok TV Spot

In under two weeks, fans will get to see what director Taika Waititi has done with Thor: Ragnarok, his first collaboration with Marvel Studios. The early buzz has been high for the movie with a lot of compliments calling it the funniest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as the best film in the Thor franchise, and some of that critical acclaim has invaded the film’s marketing campaign.

A new Thor: Ragnarok TV spot highlights some of the more complimentary reviews for the movie while also showing off some new footage from the film, including the first glimpse we’ve seen of Anthony Hopkins as Odin in the movie. Read More »

thor ragnarok scene change

Fair warning: I’m going to spend this article talking about something that happens in the Thor: Ragnarok trailers and how that aligns with what happens in the final movie. It’s not a world-shattering revelation, but if you’ve avoided all of the trailers thus far and would prefer to know nothing about the movie at all before seeing it, here’s your opportunity to bounce to the next article.

There’s a moment in the Ragnarok trailers in which Hela, the leather-clad villainess played by Cate Blanchett, catches Thor’s hammer (good old Mjolnir) out of the air and destroys it with her bare hand. It’s a symbol of her tremendous power, and a sign that she’s not to be trifled with. But in one trailer, this confrontation happens in an alleyway, and in a more recent video, the scene takes place in a grassy field. We’ve actually written about this before, but now director Taika Waititi has explained the reasoning behind changing that Thor Ragnarok reshoot.
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Thor Ragnarok review round-up

After 17 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’d think that superhero movies might start feeling a little stale. And while that might be applicable to some of the action beats in Thor: Ragnarok, the film as a whole is as fresh as it gets. This is a full-fledged comedy that also happens to be a vibrant, colorful, intergalactic eyeful that has a couple Avengers in it as lead characters.

But even though the film isn’t out yet, its comedy bona fides have been well-established in the trailers and marketing materials so far. So what do critics think about it? Check out our Thor Ragnarok review round-up to find out.
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thor ragnarok reviews

Marvel directors have had a tough time nailing a tone down for Thor. Is he a self-serious Norse god with a tragic Shakespearean background? Or is he comedic relief, obtusely stumbling over human courtesies?  Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi asks: Why can’t we have both? But mostly the latter.

Early Thor Ragnarok reviews are out, and they’re heaping praise on the offbeat, retro, and lighthearted take on the mythic Avenger. The third Thor film has generated tons of positive buzz for finally letting loose the comedic talents of star Chris Hemsworth, who, until now, had mostly played the dour epic hero in his solo films, and tapping into the trippy potential of the cosmos. But Thor is nothing without his team (hurray for the Revengers!), with stellar supporting turns from the scene-stealing Tessa Thompson, fellow Avenger Mark Ruffalo, and vampy villainess Cate Blanchett.

Check out the early social media buzz for Thor: Ragnarok below.

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Thor Ragnarok Featurette

Earlier this week, we brought you another interview from our visit to the Australian set of Thor: Ragnarok, this time with none other than Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, playing Hela, the goddess of death. The actress is the first female villain to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and she’s clearly going to create a lot of problems for the god of thunder and his homeworld of Asgard.

So far, the trailers for Thor: Ragnarok have shown us the impressive powers Hela as she destroys Thor’s trusty hammer Mjolnir (though the setting of that scene has apparently been changed), and now a new featurette shows more of the villain wreaking havoc on Asgard, bringing Karl Urban into the fray as Skurge, and facing off with Thor himself. Read More »

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Thor Ragnarok scene change

The devil’s in the details, and it looks like some of the details are changing in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok.

Eagle-eyed viewers of the latest Thor: Ragnarok teaser spotted a curious change in a key scene of the upcoming Marvel movie. The much-buzzed-about scene in which Cate Blanchett‘s Hela shatters Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) hammer Mjolnir has lasting consequences for the rest of the film, but apparently where it takes place is another matter. Read more about the Thor Ragnarok scene change below.

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