Marvel has just dropped the first full trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, and if you’re already impatient for the film to come out, well this trailer isn’t going to help.
First up, I need to mention the music – Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song“ no less. I already loved the trailer before it even started!
The storyline for the new film is as follow: “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.”
This third installment in Marvel’s Thor series looks like it’s been on a spending spree in the Mad Max department, with a distinctly post-apocalyptic design aesthetic. Colourful sets and wild costumes abound. The watchword here is Spectacle, with a capital S. There are nods to Star Wars as well as Mike Hodges’ camp 1980 space-opera Flash Gordon in some of that design too.
In the new trailer, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is defeated and banished by Hela (Cate Blanchett) and captured by Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie. Mjolnir-less, he finds himself facing Gladiator-Hulk (mo-cap Mark Ruffalo) in an arena presided over by Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster and, apparently, Loki. Hulk looks none too happy to be there and glares menacingly at Thor. Maybe he just doesn’t recognise Thor shorn of the long golden locks?
Director Taika Waititi said he’d wanted to deliver a more lighthearted offering. Thor’s “I know him, he’s a friend from work” when faced with Hulk indicates that side of things has been well-handled.
But for anyone worried that the comedy might drown out the gravity of the story, the action on offer, in the trailer at least, should alleviate any worries on that score. The peril looks real. Asgard is burned and ruined. The gods are scattered. The battle scenes are big and bold.
Blanchett’s Hela looks dynamic, dangerous and fabulous in one of the most impressive pieces of headgear ever committed to screen. Even more impressive than that of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, shown expertly wielding his knives as he heads into battle. But whose side is he on here?
Now I’ve seen the trailer, I am even more impatient for the film to come out. And I really want Hela’s headdress.
Thor: Ragnarok hits UK cinemas on 27th October before heading to the US on November 3rd.