Even if you've seen the previous two Thor films, you're probably not aware of why Thor: Ragnarok has become of the most hyped films of the year. Sure, Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown to become one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood right now with a lot of careful planning, but how did a solo Norse God Avenger film become the game changer that it is?
We're halfway into Phase Three of Marvel's Grand Master Plan and it's evident they're embracing diversity in their movies in more ways than one. We've seen the youngest and most age-appropriate Spider-Man ever, undeniable Asian influences in Doctor Strange, African culture is one of the biggest parts of Black Panther, and we'll also get a movie featuring a female superhero – Captain Marvel. Even in the Thor series, there's a new female villain, Hela, played by Cate Blanchett. The fact that Jeff Goldblum is in the film doesn't hurt either.
Marvel is not only changing on-screen. The directors have usually taken a back-seat to their superheroes and almost all the previous Marvel films blend into each other with no individual voice. With Taika Waititi directing Thor: Ragnarok, it's definitely not going to be the case. It has Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo reprising their roles as Thor and Hulk, but the credit for the film's unique style goes entirely to Waititi. The new take has also made it one of Marvel's riskiest movies but it looks like it will pay off.
The risk comes from the fact that this is not only Taika Waititi's first superhero film, but it is also his first Hollywood blockbuster. His last film Hunt for the Wilderpeople was made on a 2.3 million dollar budget. In comparison, Thor: Ragnarok cost 180 million dollars. He is now one of the most innovative and highly regarded artists from New Zealand. Not only does he direct, he has also acted in some hilarious roles – most famously as the vampire Viago in the mockumentary What We Do in The Shadows.
He will be seen playing a role in Thor: Ragnarok as Korg. In an interview, Waititi described his character as "soft on the inside like whipped cream with flower petals sprinkled on top". When was the last time you heard an alien species described like that?
The director has had full creative control of the film, putting color and energy into it, to make it a feel-good comedy. Some of the dialogue in the film has even been improvised. One of the best lines coming from a Darcy Callahan, who was a kid on a Make-A-Wish visit to the set. It's one of the most memorable lines in the trailer when Thor sees Hulk and calls him "a friend from work".
Are you ready to see the film that might change the definition of what makes a superhero film? Catch Thor: Ragnarok in theatres on 3rd November 2017 by booking your tickets here. Haven't seen the trailer yet? Read our trailer break for Thor here and here.