My thoughts on THOR: RAGNAROK (no spoilers)

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I’ll admit it, when Marvel movies started really coming out, I was like “what’s all the buzz about this?” Having never been a comic book fan, I didn’t get it. And then I watched one, and then another, and I was hooked. Just like so many others, I was invited to a screening of THOR: RAGNAROK and I liked it just as I did the others.

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Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive the deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!

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There’s action, there’s drama, there’s broken relationships, there’s new characters and there are laughs. So many corny and cheesy and funny laughs. Being a big Guardians of the Galaxy fan, I felt like this had more of that tone to it then some of the other Marvel movies featuring Thor. And don’t worry, NO SPOILERS!

On Blu-Ray and Digital Copy

Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” electrified both audiences and critics alike and now fans can enjoy the colorful cosmic adventure at home. Fans who bring home the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) of “Thor: Ragnarok” will experience all the thunderous action and lightning-fast wit in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio.

It contains exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features include deleted scenes; hilarious outtakes; an exclusive short: part three of the mockumentary “Team Thor,” retitled “Team Darryl” and featuring an eccentric new roommate; the evolution of MCU’s heroes culminating in “Avengers: Infinity War;” numerous making-of featurettes which explore the unique vision of director Taika Waititi; the story’s unstoppable women; the effortlessly charismatic Korg; the tyrannical leader of Sakaar, the Grandmaster; and the film’s comic-book origins;  audio commentary by Waititi; and more. The action, humor, drama and spectacle, bursts into homes Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™, and Movies Anywhere, on Feb. 20 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on March 6.

I’m all in for the outtakes, deleted scenes and behind the scenes inclusions. Bonus materials listed below.

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Ragnarok translates to “the end of the universe” in Norse mythology, so it’s fair to surmise that some edge-of-the-seat action is definitely headed your way. And with the relationship between brothers Thor and Loki, you never really see exactly where things are going to go. Plus, characters seem to be dead and then they come back to life. Yes, edge of your seat for sure.

The Laughs

Just like in the previews when you see the scene with Thor and Hulk and Thor says “Hey, I know this guy from work!” It’s the silly and funny statements like those that keep the audience rolling.

Director Taika Waititi not only directs, but also plays a new CGI character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe named Korg (introduced by Marvel in a 1962 comic book). Korg is good for some laughs from the rebellious side, too. And do you know who should be scared of Korg (made of rock?) Scissors!

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The Hair

The first thing I noticed when I saw the previews? Thor has a haircut. Long hair isn’t really my thing on men, and while I know this devastated some people, I’m quite a fan of the new locks. I guess we should mention Loki’s hair here, too. He gets to keep his and his master manipulation skills.

The Hulk

The second thing I noticed when the previews came out? Hulk talks! This is the first time we’ve seen him speak. Granted, it’s not in full sentences: “Hulk Smash” “Thor Home” but the added dialog is nice. If you are a fan of the big green guy (I don’t think I’ve seen his stand alone movies), I think you will like his character developments.

Leading Female

Cate Blanchett’s, Hela (as in hella scary!), one of Thor’s most formidable enemies from the comics, is the first leading female villain in any of the Marvel Studios’ feature films to date. And man does she nail her scary villainous ways! Her mannerisms and the ways she speaks are quite haunting. And she’s just plain mean!

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The Characters

In addition to Thor, Loki, The Hulk, and the aforementioned Hela, we are also introduced (in the Marvel cinematic way) to the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), debuting on the comic book pages in 1971; Skurge, the executioner (Karl Urban), a 1964 comic book debut; and the Sakaarian dictator Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), first appearing in the Marvel comics in1969.

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Take home message without spoilers?

If you like Marvel movies, I don’t think you will be disappointed with the fast-paced action, and laughs. Of course, there is some drama and quite a bit more gore then I’ve become accustomed to, so take that into consideration (remember that Hela…she’s ruthless)

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):

Blu-ray:

  • Director’s Introduction
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes – Deleted Scenes: The Sorcerer Supreme, Skurge Finds Heimdall & Hulk Chases Thor Through Sakaar and Extended Scenes: Thor Meets the Grandmaster, Stupid Avenger vs. Tiny Avenger & Grandmaster and Topaz
  • Gag Reel – Watch a collection of goofs, gaffes and pratfalls starring the cast
  • Exclusive Short/Team Darryl – Fresh off being unseated as the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster makes his way to Earth to start a new life. It’s been over a year since Thor left Australia and Darryl has been struggling to pay his rent. Now Darryl needs a new roommate to help make the monthly payments. Unfortunately for Darryl, the Grandmaster was the only one who answered Darryl’s “Roommate Needed” ad and with no viable options, the Grandmaster moves in.
  • Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes – Marvel’s universe is vast and transcends both time and space. We’ll examine the Cinematic Universe as a whole and revisit each of our heroes’ current location and their place in the current MCU timeline, as it all leads up to the one culminating event: “Avengers: Infinity War.”
  • Getting in Touch with Your Inner Thor – “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi has brought his unique sensibility and sense of humor to the film in a great many ways but it is the evolution of Thor’s own sense of humor, which stands out the most in the new film. This piece explores the impact Chris Hemsworth has made on the development of his widely-loved character and celebrates the mighty cast and crew who reveal the fun and hard work that went into assembling Thor’s eccentric counterparts.
  • Unstoppable Women: Hela & Valkyrie – This piece explores the strong female characters in “Thor: Ragnarok,” their importance in the MCU, their incredible casting and their epic comic origins.
  • Finding Korg – A tongue-in-cheek interview with Taika on casting Korg. He describes the difficult search for just the right evolution of the character design, and the nuances of this instantly classic character in the MCU. This conversation will also delve into all the extraordinary visual effects that brought Korg, Sakaar and the worlds of “Thor: Ragnarok” to life.
  • Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown – Sakaar is the collection point for all lost and unloved things. This documentary will answer all known and unknown questions while also exploring the hard work and creativity that went into creating the look and feel of Sakaar. From design inspired by Jack Kirby’s classic artwork to the dedication of the visual development team to the awe-inspiring physical and digital production, you will see this distant world come alive.
  • Journey into Mystery – A deep dive story piece with the writers, director and producer Kevin Feige about the inspirations for “Thor: Ragnarok” within the comics. Most notably, the contest of champions limited series where the Grandmaster pitted our favorite heroes against one another as he does in the film. This piece also further explores Thor’s comic book origins and classic arcs through interviews with some of the most important comic creators, such as Walt Simonson and Jack Kirby.
  • 8bit Scenes – Final Bridge Battle + Sakaar Spaceship Battle. Dive into these climactic sequences presented in retro video-game format.
  • Directors Commentary

Digital Exclusives:

  • Evolution of Thor and Hulk’s Bromance – We’ll examine this Super Hero friendship, which has spanned through several Marvel films. From their original Helicarrier fight match to the now iconic Hulk punch from Avengers 1, see how Marvel’s most powerful Super Heroes become the most extraordinary Super Hero buddies.
  • Additional Deleted Scenes – Travel to Asgard & Race To The Wormhole

THOR: RAGNAROK is available for home use soon!

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