Today we got our first really good look at Thor: Ragnarok with a pretty solid teaser. This teaser showed more than I think we had been expecting it to show. On CinemaShelf News and Reviews, Kameona and I have been discussing what we expected to see from some of these new Marvel Studios films, and what they’re first teasers might show. Of course we get to see a variety of new characters, but this focuses mainly on Chris Hemsworth as Thor.
Initially, we thought there would for sure be a few seconds of The Hulk. We certainly did not expect to see him in his full armor, and we did not expect to see as much of the gladiator scene as we did in this teaser. This is a surprise, but a welcome one. We are usually apprehensive when these superhero movies start feeling like they are showing all of the best parts in the first teasers. But I, for one, am going to put my doubts on ice for right now. I think that director, Taika Waititi, showed what he needed to in this teaser. It seems that we are getting just enough of a glimpse of this world that we’re going to be exploring to keep me interested.
The past Thor movies have been met with divided responses. While I enjoyed both of them, I certainly see the issues with both films, and I do have my own reservations about ranking them high on the list Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Since the past 2 movies have been met with mixed reviews, this teaser had to come out and show that it was something different and fresh. You can feel the Guardians of the Galaxy inspiration in this teaser. Not only with the music, but with the tone, pacing, and even the costumes in shown in this teaser.
Above we see Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. She’s been in other movies and TV shows like Creed, Selma, and Westworld. She was great in all three of those, but she was especially a standout in HBO’s Westworld, which you can catch an entire review of on Film Shady Ep. 33.
She’s joined along with the rest of the cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett, Jaimie Alexander, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo, Sam Neill, and, of course our favorite addition to the MCU, Jeff Goldblum.