The trailer for the third film in the long-storied Thor series is finally here - Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi. And it has a lot going for it - a much more fun tone than previous Thor trailers (and with a tone that harkens to Guardians of the Galaxy, with many people dubbing this "Asgardians of the Galaxy"), shedding some of the dead weight from previous films, and a VERY SPECIAL CO-STAR (wink!). Check it out:
So what's so great about this? Let's go over it:
Cate Blanchett's Hela opens the trailer by laying waste to Thor's shit - by catching his hammer, Mjolnir, and exploding it...which makes this another entry in my favorite thing in Marvel movies: when villains catch stuff they're not supposed to be able to catch.
Like Bucky in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (which was also a big "HOLY SHIT" moment in the trailer):
And when Loki caught Hawkeye's stupid bomb arrow in The Avengers (which, admittedly, did not work out great for Loki):
I love it - especially in Thor: Ragnarok, Hela's catching of Mjolnir (and subsequently exploding it with her hand) immediately tells us this is going to be something different - Thor's no longer got his superweapon to act as a crutch, and all he has left is his strength, his wits, and his precious long beautiful hair.
For supposedly being a rough 'n tumble, lacking-manners badass, Thor must have had to take EXTREMELY good care of his golden locks - which really detracts from the battle-ready warrior persona he was going for. His new short-hair look seems a lot more manageable, and he definitely requires a lot less conditioner now.
One of the cool things about Thor's look in the comics was the grandeur of his outfit - namely, his (sometimes silly) helmet. And while it was briefly seen in the first Thor film, it was pretty quickly disposed of and pretty much never seen again. Now we've got Thor with short hair (objectively better) AND a helmet (always a plus). And not only that, but we've got helmets present on Loki and one other character (who we'll get to in a second).
Here's hoping Cate Blanchett's Hela proves to be one of Marvel's few memorable villains - from the outset, things look pretty promising. She makes her mark early on (destroying Mjolnir AND completely obliterating everyone's favorite bland, personality-free CGI kingdom, Asgard), ejecting Thor across the cosmos, and looking cool as hell both in her crazy antler-helmet AND as a cool goth chick who just got over wearing Jack Skellington socks:
Given the Thor films have given us both the universe's best villain (Loki) and its most forgettable (Mean Mask Elf or whatever his name was in Thor: The Dark World), Cate Blanchett's Hela could go either way - but given the pedigree of the actress and the fact she looks cool as hell AND has effectively ruined Thor's world, the smart money is on her being one of the better villains Marvel has put out.
Goodbye, Natalie Portman as a boring-ass science person who is Thor's girlfriend despite only being around him for a grand total of like 48 hours between two films. Hello, cool morally-ambiguous warrior girlfriend Valkyrie!
One of the nice things about Thor's universe is that he has an entourage of buds that can help him out of jams - the Warriors Three (Fandrall, Hogun, and Volstagg), Sif, and Heimdall. And while none of the others seem to appear in the trailer (although maybe that was Sif riding an eagle?), Heimdall is here AND HELMET-LESS. And while Thor is objectively better with a helmet, Heimdall is way cooler WITHOUT.
The fact Thor considers "being an Avenger" his "work" is very funny in and of itself, let alone in the context of yelling it right before a gladitorial contest against a gamma radiated beast-man.
People are already finding Easter eggs in this brief snippet of footage - including references to old Jack Kirby artwork from Fantastic Four:
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-- Peter Fries (@Peter_Fries) April 10, 2017
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I know this is only a teaser trailer, so more trailers will come and more moments from the film will be spoiled - but for now, it's a damn good trailer in that it doesn't really give away much outside of the first half of the film: we get to see some of the major players in the story and the general premise of the film, but nothing really about where the plot goes from there. All we get are glimpses of Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie - but nothing really as to their motivations or how they'll fit into the larger story being told.
It's also notable for what we DON'T see - we don't see Odin or Doctor Strange, despite knowing both will be appearing in the finished film. We don't see anything (presumably) from after Hulk and Thor's first meeting. We don't see any indication of the "galactic road trip" storyline that's been used to describe the film.
It's rare to see any level of restraint with superhero trailers, so I gotta tip my hat to this.