Of all the first phase Marvel Studios franchises, the Thor series has had the bumpiest road. Even with the considerable charisma of both Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as leads Thor and Loki, each instalment has struggled to come alive and thrill audiences. Part of that may be its uneasy melding of fantasy elements and more straight forward super heroics. It wasn’t confident enough to try for lofty, and possibly alienating, high fantasy, but neither were its Earth-bound plots engaging enough to become truly distinctive. The franchise was also saddled with a love story that never really caught fire, with a romance between Thor and Jane Foster hobbled by Natalie Portman and Hemsworth’s lack of chemistry. In the end, while the two previous Thor movies were enjoyable in fits, they never truly rose above being serviceable and featured only fleeting moments of inspiration and exhilaration.
But if this teaser is any indication of the final product, Thor: Ragnarok may be the instalment to finally nail an approach to the God of Thunder’s solo adventures. Directed by Oscar nominee Taika David Waititi, this teaser fully embraces the space opera/norse mythology/awesome painting on the side of a Chevy van aspect that always has been part of Thor’s appeal. Boasting a sense of humor that you’d expect from the director of such great films as “What We Do in the Shadows” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”, it looks as if Thor: Ragnarok might finally prove Thor worthy of his own distinctive place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Thor: Raganarok will be released November 3, 2017.