Well, it’s finally out, folks. And if you haven’t seen it yet, here it is, the Thor: Ragnarok trailer.
…So, first off, I need to be completely honest with everyone reading this right now… … …I laughed my ass off at the scene where Thor is confronted by Hulk. That was the best possible reaction Thor could’ve given in that scene. I almost fell right out of my chair. Also, considering that we already knew Hulk was going to be in this movie, ending the trailer on the fight between them was a good move, since we’ve really only ever seen the two fight once before in the first Avengers movie, and this time, Thor’s going in without Mjolnir, so it’s a completely level playing field. And while his appearances in the trailer were brief, it’s great to see Tom Hiddleston back as Loki. Not sure if any of what he did in the last Thor movie is going to play into his role here (for reasons I’ll explain later), but he was an element that NEEDED to be present. One of the biggest issues with the MCU has been its lack of good villains, so having Loki back is a huge asset.
Now then, let’s talk about what I didn’t like. And that’s not to say that anything in this trailer was actually particularly BAD, either. No, my problem is with the tone. See, I want you to think about some of the things you just saw in this trailer: Mjolnir was destroyed, Asgard was overrun and possibly destroyed as well, and Thor and Hulk have been captured and forced into gladiatorial combat, all while God knows what kind of havoc all of these events are going to cause. Hell, just look at the title: RAGNAROK, the word meant to describe an apocalyptic event in which the world basically dies and is reborn again at the cost of much that came before. It’s a really bleak situation. And yet…the tone of this trailer doesn’t seem all that bleak, does it? And I know what you’re thinking: “But Jyger, you complain about how dark and dire the DC movie trailers are, so why would you want this one to be like that?” Well, first off, I’m not saying we should do DC’s muted colours, darker palette, and overall lack of joy. No, what I’m saying is, this should feel more like Thor is dealing with his greatest challenge and is at the end of his rope. The bit where he yells “YES!” at seeing Hulk is fine, and in fact would act as a great moment of levity for the trailer, but otherwise, a lot of the trailer’s tone should’ve been different. And just throwing this out there: Jeff Goldblum as a major villain does not inspire terror… … …Well, at least not in the way he was supposed to. lol
But more importantly than that, what bothers me most of all about this trailer is that this should feel less like Guardians of the Galaxy and more like a fucking THOR movie. Now, if you’re confused by that statement, lemme clarify something: I LIKE Guardians of the Galaxy. I love those characters. I love the GotG trailers. However, Thor should no more feel like GotG than GotG should feel like Thor. They are their own separate entities within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and should have their own unique feels to them as a means of bringing in their own fanbases. And what REALLY bothers me is that, from what I’ve heard, this movie is meant to act as a soft reboot for Thor (not erasing everything that came before, but just changing the overall direction from here on out) within the MCU. And if this trailer is to be believed, then that new direction change is to basically be Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a mistake for the very reasons I just explained. And maybe I’m alone in this attitude, maybe it’s just a me issue, but that’s my opinion. Like I said, I don’t think the trailer taken on its own is bad, but that it should’ve been different. And maybe it’s just this one trailer that’ll feel like this, and it was just done to get a bunch of attention. We’ll see in the months to come.
Anyway, lemme know what you all thought about the trailer, if you agree with my assessment or not, and we’ll see what happens from now until November. Ja né!
I demand more Singularity! 😄 Anyway, A-Force #3 preview time.
- She-Hulk has violated the most sacred rule of Battleworld…
- …and now A-Force is on the run from the planet’s protectors: The Thor Corps!
- And while trying to prove her innocence, She-Hulk discovers that one of her own may have engineered her downfall…
So, ever since the reveal that there would be a new Thor close to a year ago, the question on everyone’s minds was “Who is she?” Well, now we know. Well, actually, a lot of us knew yesterday due to a leak leading to Marvel deciding to come out publicly about it (I wonder if they blamed Hydra for THIS one too), but because there were those I knew on social media that made the choice not to read the spoilers and instead read today’s Thor #8 to find out who the new Thor was. So, now that the book is out, I’ve decided to go ahead and give my thoughts on the matter. With that said, let’s go ahead and just say it: The new Thor is Jane Foster.
Yup, totally thought it was Roz Solomon, didn’t you? Apparently, so did Odinson. He totally believed by this issue that it was Roz, and then she walked up to talk to him and Thor and he had this look on his face like he was completely stupefied. Myself, while I suspected heavily that it was Agent Solomon, part of me was also secretly hoping for…well…
Well, except replace Vince McMahon with Loki, and Steve Austin with Prince Odinson. In fact, if Loki had said that exact phrase, I would’ve laughed until I peed. 😄
So, let’s talk about this revelation, shall we? First off, it kinda makes me wonder if we’re ever gonna see Natalie Portman dressed as Thor in the future. ‘Cuz I’d be down with that. As for the comics, though, I like how this reveal, while it answers some questions, nonetheless leaves us with a lot more. Like, we can probably gather that the hammer called on Jane and deemed her worthy due to a combination familiarity with her and her understanding of what it means to be Thor, but it doesn’t answer HOW it called her. More-so, we still don’t know what it was that Nick Fury told Odinson to make him unworthy. What’s actually kinda irritating about that is that he was literally about to tell Jane, right as Roz ran up and interrupted them. But, my guess is that, now that we know who the new Thor is, that’s next on the list of things to learn the truth about.
But, to the point, do I like this choice? Honestly… … …Yeah, I kinda do. I would’ve loved if it turned out to be Loki, but honestly, this works too. Jane is someone who is ready, willing, and able to make the ultimate sacrifice play to be the protector of the ten realms. And while it’s always great seeing her fly around, kicking ass, and being a hero, I also really wanna see her make it through this okay somehow. I wanna see her somehow manage to survive her ordeal with breast canc-… … … …Wait a minute, when did the first issue of this series début?
…Aww, son of a bitch! During Breast Cancer Awareness Month?! How did I not piece that together before?! ROFL
Anyway, those are my thoughts on the reveal of the new Thor. And now that we know who she is, that should make things interesting for the foreseeable future, especially given her position on the new Avengers team. Ja né!
I don’t normally do this, but because I wanna encourage good reading, I thought I’d go ahead and share the link to the exclusive preview of Ms. Marvel #12.
Love is in Jersey City as Valentine’s Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the dance, but Ms. Marvel is! Well sort of – by crashing it attempting to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster! Yup, it’s a special Valentine’s Day issue featuring Marvel’s favorite charlatan, Loki!