Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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This movie begins two years after the events in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, with Thor (Chris Hemsworth), having failed in his quest to locate the Infinity Stones and having also been dumped by Jane (although he insists it was a ‘mutual dumping’) hanging above a fire pit before being brought to the presence of fire demon Surtur. Thor is told by Surtur it is his (Surtur’s) destiny to bring about Ragnarok, which is the complete destruction of Asgard.

Thor learns from Surtur that Odin (Anthony Hopkins) is not on Asgard, so uses Mjolnir (his hammer) to escape and destroy Surtur, keeping his crown/skull. He returns to Asgard and sends Surtur’s skull down to the vaults but then finds Heimdall (Idris Elba) has been replaced as sentry of the Bifrost Bridge by the inept Skurge (Karl Urban) who explains that Odin accused Heimball of treachery causing Heimdall to flee.

Reaching Asgard, Thor sees a massive statue of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) as well as Odin lounging around watching a play about Loki’s ‘heroic sacrifice’ while fighting the Dark Elves. Realizing what’s happened, Thor quickly forces Loki (who usurped and disguised himself as Odin prior to the end of the second film ‘Thor: The Dark World’) to drop his charade and demands to know what happened to Odin. It is revealed that Loki had placed Odin under a spell and dumped him in a retirement home in New York but by the time they get there it is being demolished.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Before they can plan their next move, Loki is suddenly pulled through a hole and a card with an address is left behind. Heading there, Thor finds in the presence of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) who agrees to help him find Odin on the condition that all Asgardians leave Earth. Thor agrees, and after doing some research (during which Thor is constantly teleported around the Santum much to his displeasure) Doctor Strange finds that Odin is in Norway. He then releases Loki from his endless fall, and when Loki goes to attack an exasperated Strange unceremoniously sends them both through a portal.

They find Odin in Norway overlooking a cliff (having shaken off Loki’s spell) and he admits that he is dying and Ragnarok is approaching in the form of Hela (Cate Blanchett), his true first-born child. Odin tells Thor and Loki that their (previously unknown) sister was completely consumed by darkness and was sealed away but now she is returned. He apologizes to Thor for failing him before dying and disappearing. As soon as he’s gone, Hela emerges from her prison and engages the two in brief small talk.

Seeing that she won’t be reasoned with, Thor throws Mjolnir towards her however the goddess easily catches and effortlessly destroys it. Loki, seeing they don’t stand a chance, asks to be returned to Asgard however Hela also enters the portal, expels Loki and then Thor from it at different points and then reaches Asgard. Arriving at the Bifrost Bridge, she quickly kills Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) and Fendral (Zachary Levi) before recruiting a terrified Skurge to her cause. She then heads to Asgard when she kills the entire palace guard single-handedly as well as Hogun (Tadanobu Asano).

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, and is the seventeenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and the writing team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor alongside Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins. In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor must escape the alien planet Sakaar in time to save Asgard from Hela and the impending Ragnarök.

As of January 31, 2018, Thor: Ragnarok has grossed $313.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $538.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $852.4 million. In September 2017, a survey from Fandango indicated that Ragnarok was the most anticipated fall film. For the weekend of November 3, 2017, the film earned $25.4 million from IMAX showings, which was the largest November opening weekend record, surpassing Doctor Strange (2016), and the third largest for an MCU film. By the end of its third weekend globally, the film had earned $650.1 million, which surpassed the total grosses for Thor ($449.3 million) and Thor: The Dark World ($644.6 million), and became the eighth highest-grossing film of 2017.

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Directed by: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Taika Waititi, Rachel House
Screenplay by: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
Production Design by: Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent
Cinematography by: Javier Aguirresarobe
Film Editing by: Joel Negron, Zene Baker
Costume Design by: Mayes C. Rubeo
Set Decoration by: Beverley Dunn
Art Direction by: Bill Booth, Brendan Heffernan, Richard Hobbs, Alex McCarroll, Laura Ng
Music by: Mark Mothersbaugh
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material.
Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: November 3, 2017