Imprisoned, the almighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
The Thor: Ragnarok cast reveal which star had the cast in stitches during filming and which Avenger or Guardian would be the easiest to defeat in a one-on-one battle. Plus, learn more about the early career of Valkyrie, Tessa Thompson.
When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's mightiest heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plan.
Robert Downey Jr.,
As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
Samuel L. Jackson,
Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.
Get ready to Ragnarok & Roll - this film is the most fun you'll have in a cinema all year!
In some alternate reality, a movie bearing the title of Thor: Ragnarok
has taken itself very seriously indeed: full of literal doom and gloom,
it's an apocalyptic drama about the End of Days, as prophesied by Norse
mythology. Since that pretty much describes the world in which we
currently live, it's actually rather fitting that Marvel's 17th studio
film is something else entirely. In our reality, Thor: Ragnarok is a
wild, wacky and very welcome blast of pure joy - a raucous comedy that
fuses an intergalactic road trip with buddy comedy, brotherly rivalry
and battle domes. Thank Thor (and director Taika Waititi) for that!
We reunite with Thor (Hemsworth) - still free of new Infinity Stones,
freshly confident that he's once again warded off the fabled Ragnarok -
just as he discovers that something is rotten in the state of Asgard.
As teased at the end of Thor: The Dark World, Loki (Hiddleston), his
shape-shifting trickster brother, has been impersonating their ailing
dad, Odin (Hopkins). When Odin's strength finally fails, the dark
secret he's been keeping at bay storms into the lives of his sons: Hela
(Blanchett), their bloodthirsty older sister, is back to claim the
throne she believes is rightfully hers.
For (largely) better or (occasionally) worse, Thor: Ragnarok doesn't
dwell as much on the royal family drama as its predecessors did.
Instead, its second act plays out on the candy-coated, death-dealing
planet of Sakaar. Ruled by the whims and fancies of the Grandmaster
(Goldblum dialled to 11), Sakaar's people are relentlessly entertained
in their very own battle dome. (Think the gladiatorial contests of
ancient Rome, with holographic screens and super-powered alien beings.)
Following an initial devastating confrontation with Hela, Thor is
stranded on Sakaar, and brought in by the mercenary Valkyrie (Thompson)
to stand against the raging primal force of the Hulk (Ruffalo) - not
quite the "friend from work" Thor remembers.
If that all sounds like serious business, rest assured it's very much
not. There's a gentle wit threaded through every frame of this film - a
glorious, big-hearted silliness that fans of Taika Waititi will
remember (and treasure) from such indie comedy gems as What We Did In
The Shadows and Hunt For The Wilderpeople. Miraculously, Waititi has
managed to infuse this gargantuan, green-screened epic with his
trademark offbeat vibe, best exemplified in the way key plot points are
revealed (via sardonic monologue or ironic stage play) and the
character he plays (Korg, a chirpy rock monster who befriends Thor
before our hero heads into the arena).
Waititi's involvement is a blessing for pretty much everyone involved
in the film, but especially for Hemsworth. It's not that he hasn't been
good in his previous appearances as the God of Thunder throughout the
franchise - he was suavely charming in Thor and resolutely grim in The
Dark World. But he's so remarkably good here, switching effortlessly
between bright-eyed puppy and care-worn leader, that it feels like he's
finally come home. Hemsworth's performance in this film is a fantastic
balance of sunshine, silliness and subversiveness, and it's a joy to
It's clear, too, that everyone in the cast - including respected
veterans like Hopkins and Blanchett - were delighted to partake in the
film's mirth and mayhem. Ruffalo continues to play the dual aspects of
Bruce Banner - looming brute and mild-mannered professor - with so much
winning charm that you want him to get his own Hulk movie, stat.
Hiddleston is totally game for playing up the odd- couple comedy of
Loki's rivalry with Thor, while shading unexpected complexity into his
character's machinations. Thompson swaggers off with practically every
scene she's in, finding the heart, humour and heroism in an Asgardian
warrior who's lost her way.
Perhaps more impressively, Waititi handles every Marvel blockbuster's
requisite action scenes with more clarity and flair than you'd expect
from an indie director. He manages to find character and comedy beats
even in swooping spaceship chases and bruising hand-to-hand combat.
There's a thrilling fluidity to the action sequences - whether it's
Thor soaring towards his enemies like lightning made flesh, or Hela
unleashing her multiple projectiles of death with a dark, graceful
That's not to say Thor: Ragnarok is perfect. As it turns out, the
film's greatest strength - apocalypse as afterthought - is also its
biggest flaw. Waititi just about manages to find the emotional weight
in Thor coming to terms with his power and leadership (a driving theme
for this character), but it does get a little lost in all the
knockabout comedy. Thanks to Blanchett, Hela is never less than
terrifying: she oozes gleeful malevolence in her wake, forcing Thor to
confront his own gold-tinted ideas of himself, his family and his
history. Alas, she's also one of that peculiar breed of antagonist
who's immeasurably powerful and strangely ineffective, all at the same
For years, Marvel has been making brave choices in terms of the
directors to whom it has entrusted its stories and characters. This
strategy has yielded films that are, for the most part, creatively
diverse, ranging in quality from decent to excellent. Even so, handing
the reins of the Thor franchise to a director with such a unique voice
as Waititi might have been its biggest gamble yet. Fortunately, it pays
off in spades. Smart, silly and self-aware, Thor: Ragnarok is a
blockbuster that feels like it snuck into cinemas by way of the
art-house. It's also that rare threequel which isn't just as good as
its predecessors - it's easily the best of the lot.
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