Marvel is on fire. Disney and Marvel are showing the world how it is done with their Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is nearing its Phase One end soon starting with Avengers: Infinity War which will undoubtedly see the demise of many well-known characters. But this month sees the release of the third chapter in the Thor series with Thor: Ragnarok, a brilliant third chapter that easily outdoes the two before it and shifts the whole feel of the MCU.
After returning home to Asgard and finding Loki in control and his father gone, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must confront the return of a long-lost sibling, Hela (Cate Blanchett) who is determined to use her great power to claim her throne on Asgard. When Hela strands Thor and Loki on the other side of the universe, Thor must escape captivity with the help of an unexpected friend and a few new ones and find a way to return to Asgard and stop Hela from destroying his home and enslaving his people.
Thor: Ragnarok takes a fresh approach to the Thor franchise by borrowing themes from the popular Guardians of the Galaxy films. There is so much humor and charm infused into Thor: Ragnarok it becomes undeniably entertaining and fun on a borderline ridiculous scale. But it never loses its MCU feel, its action set pieces or its characters, it just puts them in more situations that call for more levity and more laughs. And Hemsworth has brilliant comedic timing. Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo hold their own in the funny department as well and the addition of Jeff Goldblum basically playing a caricature of his own public persona was a stroke of genius. Tessa Thompson is also a great addition as the ass kicking former Asgardian who joins the fight. They key to Thor: Ragnarok is pure unadulterated fun, this is easily one of the most entertaining Marvel films to date and a huge step up for the character of Thor himself. And with Thor’s future at stake in the upcoming Infinity War, it could be his solo swan song. And that would be a pretty great way to go out. Highly recommended.