Not keen on resting on their laurels for too long, Marvel Studios dropped a bombshell today with the first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok. Directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do In the Shadows), the third Thor solo movie is among the most anticipated blockbusters of the year, not just because it involves Jeff Goldblum’s introduction to the MCU, but because it’s been setup as a landmark chapter in the cinematic universe. Pairing Hulk and Thor together in an intergalactic buddy-cop-esque adventure, the movie will follow Thor trying to prevent the end of days coming to Asgard, as well as find out about the Infinity Stones and the Infinity Gauntlet, which was why he left Earth at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. All in a day’s work for the son of Odin.
The trailer doesn’t shy away from teasing all the intense action audiences can expect, with most of the new cast-members getting at least a second for themselves. In addition to building on the humor of the well-received Team Thor teaser we got last year, there’s a distinctly Guardians-esque feel to this trailer, with lots of spaceships flying around and wide open astral spaces. It’s certainly not all laughs though, with the introduction of Hela being presented with some genuine gravity – not hard when her first introduction to fans shows her breaking Mjolnir with one hand. Thor and Hulk blasting through space together (once they settle their differences in the space coliseum) will be a fun time, but this is going to be a bumpy ride for all involved.
Instantly gaining the award for “Best Villain Introduction Yet,” Cate Blanchett’s Hela and Thor are facing off as the trailer opens, with Thor throwing his trusty Mjolnir towards her, only for her to catch it, and then smash it with one hand without breaking a sweat.