Thor is back. Not only in theaters with a new film, but especially he is back at Asgard, his birthplace, where everything began for the trilogy dedicated to the God of Thunder and where, in a circular way, it also ends.
After two stand-alone movies not very convincing, the third chapter of Thor takes inspiration from the darkest side of the Nordic mythology, from which was taken also the character himself created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and played by Chris Hemsworth. Before seeing the trailers we were expecting a darker film, that would explore the biggest fears of the Asgardian Gods and that would present the epic fight that should have destroyed the world that the Nordic people have been telling us about from centuries. And this is the reason why we were surprised in front of a funny film, full of jokes that make it one of the funniest Marvel films ever along with The Guardians of Galaxy.
“Thor: Ragnarok” gives us a Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in search of the meaning that is at the base of his recurring nightmares in which he sees the end of Asgard: it is precisely to his reign that he decides to return to shed light on his doubts and to see for himself what has been going on during his absence. Here he finds the unexpected: his father (Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins) has disappeared while his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is, surprisingly, still alive.
The two Gods discover the prophecy that announce Ragnarok, the destruction of Asgard: forced by the necessities to create a more stronger fraternal bound than ever, they will have to run against time and overcome their limits to save their people from the upcoming catastrophe. In the comics, Thor had to fight several times against the Ragnarok and its different forms that it took during the publishing yet on the big screen he fights against the Hela one (Cate Blanchett), the unbeatable Goddess of Death.
To help them there will be a small team of revengers forming on the planet where all things lost or forgotten (a sort of intergalactic landfill) end, Thor and Loki included; the members of the group are Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a former legendary warrior who is now an alcoholic mercenary and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), who takes over the anxious Professor Banner and to be used as a gladiator in a tournament for champions organized by the eccentric Great Master (Jeff Goldblum).
The film, directed by Taika Waititi, is structured between predictable twists, incredible fights and colossal chases, a captivating soundtrack (one piece in particular, Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin) and, as we said before, many jokes. The strength of the film is the cast that, beside the known characters such as Loki and, most of all, a Hulk that works as a gladiator (*coff* World War Hulk! *coff*), played by the always magical Mark Ruffalo, becomes richer with the addition of Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum.
It is not therefore the most interesting and memorable film of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), but it certainly deserves to be seen so you can to be able to complete the Thor’s journey while waiting for Infinity War, the great final chapter of all the Marvel stories, which is scheduled to be released in 2018.