‘Thor: Ragnarok’ lives up to the hype

By Jordan Carey
Times-News correspondent

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This image released by Marvel Studios shows the Hulk, from left, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Tom Hiddleston as Loki in a scene from, "Thor: Ragnarok." [Marvel Studios via AP

In the last few Marvel Comics Universe productions, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), god of thunder; Loki (Tom Hiddleston), god of mischief; and the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) have been absent.
In “Thor: Ragnarok,” the last installment of the Thor trilogy, the two Avengers and the villainous Loki have returned to tie up lose ends, as well as create a few of their own. The newest Marvel Comics movie, written by Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle, and directed by Taika Waititi, brings to light a darker side of the Norse gods, on whom Thor and others are based.
The film put a new spin on the characters of Thor and the Hulk, which becomes quite evident. The last time we saw both of these characters in a Marvel movie was in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Thor, who was previously portrayed as a serious and stoic figure, has since lightened up. This production has a more lighthearted feeling, but still contains darker themes.
   Some fans may be familiar with the “Planet Hulk” storyline and will be interested to see his development. Throughout the movie, the Hulk begins to drift away from his alter ego, Bruce Banner, and starts to develop as his own character. The interactions between Thor and the Hulk are quite different from what audiences have seen in previous movies.

Tom Hiddleston’s reprise of his role as Loki has been long-awaited. Unlike most Marvel villains, Loki has not been killed or destroyed yet, which could hint at him having a key role in the next movies. The trickster god has an unusual part to play, as he is neither villain nor hero in this film.

“Thor: Ragnarok” lives up to the hype and fans’ expectations. While some people might not like the character changes, the overall production was well-done. The film is fast-paced, but isn’t hard to follow for those who keep up with the Marvel Universe. The movie did a wonderful job of expanding the world of Thor and the Avengers.

Jordan Carey is a high school sophomore home-schooler and a Teens & 20s writer.

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