a critiQal film review Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Plot: Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.

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After being so impressed with Thor (2011), and only slightly disappointed with its sequel, we knew we were going to have to see the conclusion to the trilogy, Thor: Ragnarok. Also, since we are trying to catch up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before we see Avengers: Infinity War (2018), it was on our list anyway.

Would Thor: Ragnarok bring this trilogy to a fitting end, even while promoting the overall MCU? Or would the series continue to falter as it reached its conclusion?

Chris Hemsworth, like his fellow Avengers, seems a perfect casting choice for Thor, the God of Thunder. Ever since first appearing in Thor (2011), he has managed to be both cocky and entertaining, with his brashness and arrogance actually seeming to work for him in winning over the viewers. That doesn’t change at all in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) dropped, and makes the soundtrack a feature-part of several sequences. That’s a welcome surprise, as most would have expected to have to wait for the conclusion to that series before getting more of that particular bit of entertainment.

With a strong cast of actors that are well-suited for their roles, a gripping storyline that neatly balances out the doom-and-gloom with a large dose of spot-on humor, and the return of the soundtrack as a feature part of the film, Thor: Ragnarok turns out to be the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) viewers were hoping for. A fitting conclusion to the trilogy, and a refreshing change from the more dire tone of Thor: The Dark World (2013), to many viewers this could be the best film of the trilogy.

Still, there’s a bit of a sad note to Thor: Ragnarok as well. After all, this film marks the end of the trilogies for the original superheroes: Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. With their stories already told, does this mean doom awaits the trio in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)? Or will they just fade into the background as the next generation of heroes – showcased in Ant-Man (2015), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Doctor Strange (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Black Panther (2018) – finish up their trilogies? After a decade getting to know these heroes on-screen, either way will be a sad passing of the torch.

Plus, will Hulk ever get his own trilogy? Or Black Widow? Time (and their fates in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)) will only tell.

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