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 easter egg

We’re just over two weeks away from the release of Thor: Ragnarok, and the buzz is building for Marvel Studios’ latest entry in their superhero cinematic universe. The full review embargo lifts tomorrow morning (stay tuned for a round-up here on the site soon afterwards), but in the meantime, allow Ragnarok director Taika Waititi and producer Kevin Feige to give you some tips about where to look if you’re keeping an eye out for easter eggs in the new film.
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It’s fairly common knowledge who the weakest Avenger would be (sorry Hawkeye, I love you!), but have we ever settled the debate of the strongest Avenger?

The latest Thor: Ragnarok TV spot answers that question, and even gives us a glimpse of that highly-anticipated gladiatorial fight between Thor and the Hulk on the planet of Sakaar. Hint: it doesn’t look too good for Thor.

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thor ragnarok clip

Before he was an acclaimed film director and fashion icon, Taika Waititi was an actor. And getting behind the camera doesn’t mean he’s lost the acting bug.

The director of Thor: Ragnarok has made an appearance in all of the films he’s directed, and far be it for him to pass up a chance to star in a superhero blockbuster. In a new Thor: Ragnarok clip previewed by star Chris Hemsworth on Jimmy Kimmel Live — during which Hemsworth, Waititi, and co-star Mark Ruffalo also participated in a fun Matt Damon-centric bit — we finally get introduced to Waititi’s character.

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Akira Remake

Taika Waititi is about to become a bonafide blockbuster director when Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters in a few weeks. With this newfound fame often comes talk of even bigger projects. One film that Waititi has been rumored to be involved with is the inevitable live-action Akira remake. The filmmaker recently revealed some details on the project, and even addressed the whitewashing casting concerns that swirl around the Akira remake. Get the Akira remake casting details below.

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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 »

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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thor ragnarok behind the scenes

If the behind-the-scenes shenanigans are any indication, Thor: Ragnarok will be a hugely fun and charming space romp. Marvel has released a featurette of the making of the third Thor film, and already it looks to be miles more enjoyable than the last one.

Along with the release of the featurette, there’s a new international trailer and poster to get you even more excited for Thor: Ragnarok.

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Warner Bros. has been looking to adapt Katsuhiro Otomo‘s 1988 film Akira into a pair of big budget, live-action feature films for nearly a decade, with the first attempt hoping to star Leonardo DiCaprio back in 2008. If you reading this site any time between then and now, you’ve probably stumbled across tons of articles about the movie as it picked up (and dropped) various talent with producers fighting to get it made. It’s been a constant presence in development hell for as long as I’ve been writing about film news online.

Now, yet again, WB has breathed new life into the project and has attached another fascinating director to potentially translate the story into a massive blockbuster. Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born filmmaker responsible for films like What We Do In The Shadows and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, is the latest person to get sucked into this film’s whirlpool. Will he be the one to finally break the curse and get this damn thing made already?
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