OK, so the first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok just dropped this morning, and it is incredible.
Before we even get into it, take a look and rock out to “Immigrant Song.”
Now that’s a fucking trailer, right?!
Seriously, we can’t even comprehend how great that was. Director Taika Waititi looks to have finally gotten this franchise right by embracing the campy and weird dimensions of the character while retaining the badassness. Speaking of badasses, there’s several new ones on display here — the first being Cate Blanchett’s Hela, who looks dope as fuck and destroys Mjolnir with a grasp of her hand.
We get a flash of Karl Urban’s Skurge, who’s also known as the Executioner in the comics, and his shot here pays tremendous tribute to one of the best moments of master writer/artist Walt Simonson’s classic Mighty Thor run. Tessa Thompson looks great as Valkyrie, though it’s interesting that they’re starting her out as a pawn for Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster (who is amazingly cast, as well).
Hemsworth looks like he’s having more fun than ever in the role, and we bet he’s pretty happy that he doesn’t have to wear that wig anymore. We get our glimpses at familiar Asgardian faces as well — bearded Heimdall (Idris Elba) slashing wildly at something in a forest and Loki being mischievous as always — but it’s an Avenger who makes the biggest impression.
Yeah, that’s right, folks: The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is back, and he’s looking for a fight with our hero. If you haven’t read the Planet Hulk storyline from the mid-aughts by Greg Pak and several other artists, now’s the time to do so. Seriously, just seeing the Hulk in gladiator armor gave us fucking goosebumps.
Here’s a synopsis from Marvel:
“Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.”
The wait for Thor: Ragnarok’s release on November 3 just got even harder. Jesus Christ.