Thor vs The Hulk?


Thor Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo

Cassiana Pozzi, Editor-in-Chief

     So what exactly is Ragnarok? It’s described as the cataclysmic event in which Thor’s home planet of Asgard will be destroyed. The third Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok, hit theaters Friday, Nov 3 and had received amazing appraisal from reviewers while raking in over $400 million in the domestic box office. The cast this time around included some new faces such as Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Karl Urban as the Executioner, and the director himself, Taika Waititi, as Korg. But of course we welcome back Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and major cameos from fellow avengers Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, and Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

     Getting into the plot, Thor: Ragnarok added a twist to the generic apocalyptic storyline. It becomes Thor’s main mission is to prevent the disastrous “Ragnarok” from obliterating Asgard, but how does this event come to be? Hela, Asgardian goddess of death, is the secret daughter of Odin who was locked away for her cruelty and overpowering influence. To put things in perspective, her power is so great she destroyed Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. The aftermath of events that transpired because of Loki cause her uprising and she is quickly able to travel to Asgard to start her reign. Thor and Loki make an effort to stop this but get thrown to a different planet, where they meet Valkyrie and the Grandmaster. Thor isn’t exactly favored by the people of this new planet, he’s seen more as a contender in the Grandmaster’s battling game. Thor is thrown in the rink, in front of millions, to fight a great beast. And can you guess who this beast is? The incredible Hulk. Hasn’t been seen since Avengers: Age of Ultron, Bruce Banner hasn’t been in his human form since he left Earth, which earned him the top spot in the Grandmaster’s games. After a brutal battle Thor convinces the beast and a new hotheaded warrior to aid him in his journey back to his home.

     This film has been given the title, by many reviewers, for being the best Marvel movie of all time. The comedic quality Marvel has added to newer films, such as this one, truly boosts ratings and lightens the, pretty dark, plot line. When you combine Thor’s masculinity and confidence with Bruce Banner’s anxious and shaky mannerisms it creates the oddest, yet most entertaining, companionship. Valkyrie, a new addition to Thor’s little group, proves herself to be very strong willed, while also have a tendency to drink too much, which made a great first impression on the audience. Goldblum played a very eccentric Grandmaster, and fit right into the role of a confident yet cowardice ruler. And many other characters contributed to the success of this film, some that we may be seeing more of in future films.

     The ending of the film leaves a lot of questions unanswered, for now. The audience now has to wait until May of 2018 before they can see their favorite Asgardian God in action again.