The latest installment in the Thor franchise featured an epic confrontation between the God of Thunder and the self-described Strongest Avenger.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself at a very different setting in Ragnarok compared to previous installments in the Thor franchise, with his dad Odin (Anthony Hopkins) dying, Asgard crumbles to bits. The love of Thor’s life, Jane (Natalie Portman), and her human companions Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), don’t appear at all. The Warriors Three — a.k.a. Fandral (Zachary Levi), Hogun (Tadanobu Asano), and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) — all die. The cape is ripped, the bulky armor his face is disfigured, his hair is cut short, and there’s a new woman in his life: Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie. In essence, the only Thor accessories to survive the original films are his adopted brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), a significantly more rough-and-tumble version of the gatekeeper Heimdall (Idris Elba) and a ‘friend’ from the past Avenger’s movies in the form of The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).
Written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost and directed by Taika Waititi (“Hunt for the Wilder people,” “What We Do in the Shadows”) who has a charmingly idiosyncratic human touch and a gift for the just perfect amount of goofiness, is a perfect fit by tapping into Hemsworth’s natural sense of humor. Waititi shows us in Ragnarok the first step in realizing how awesome the Thor franchise and its hero can truly be.
After Thor winds up on Sakaar, a planet run by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), he’s forced to fight in a gladiatorial battle against Hulk, who is Grandmaster’s champion. And since Hulk is the Hulk, he doesn’t seem to recognize Thor from their adventures in the two previous “Avengers” movies, so the two dukes it out. The battle between Thor and Hulk is one of the main highlights of a movie full of them.