Deep Dive - MCU: Thor: Ragnarok
Updated: Nov 24, 2020
We polled our entire team and ranked every MCU film across six categories. We weighted each category based on their overall value to the success of the movie.
Plot - 25%
Character Development - 20%
Villain - 20%
Action - 12.5%
Intangibles - 12.5%
Supporting Cast - 10%
Film: Thor: Ragnarok
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Rotten Tomato - TOMATOMETER: 92%
Rotten Tomato - Audience: 87%
Opening Weekend: $122,744,989
Gross US: $315,058,289
Gross Worldwide: $853,977,126
Synopsis: Thor is imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, and must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.
Analysis: This film is paced out perfectly for how much ground it covers during its 2 hour and 10 minute run. Ragnarok is a great example of how to deliver an action-packed film, without taking yourself too seriously.
Analysis: New Year, New Me. It's a rare feat to completely revamp a major character this far into the franchise. Between the haircut and the improv-esk delivery of the script, it felt like we got a completely new Thor in the third installment of his trilogy. He was always a likeable character, but this film brought him into the limelight as a full-fledged fan favorite.
Bio: Hela Odinsdottir was the Asgardian Goddess of Death and the former Executioner of Asgard. Imprisoned in Hel for millennia by her father Odin.
Evil Plan: Hela planned to rule Asgard and create an Asgardian Empire. When the people of Asgard refused to bow to her, Hela set about massacring Odin's armies and enslaving the people.
Analysis: Thor!, Thor!, Thor! Classic sibling rivalry. The youngest gets all of the attention, the fancy toys, and the kingdom. The oldest gets banished and imprisoned for the rest of their life. Hela came out swinging by taking out Thor's strongest weapon right off the rip.
"Raging Fire" - Phillip Phillips
Feeling cute might turn on my brother later. idk.
Jerry Jones in Space
Jay and Silent Bob
Analysis: All of these characters stole their respective scenes throughout the film. We also saw the peak of what can be done with the Hulk character on the big screen.
Analysis: This film was sprinkled with entertaining action throughout the whole film, but the ending battle was the perfect cherry on top for the audience. It looks as though all hope is lost when Thor loses an eye, and the rest of the "Revengers" are blockaded on the bridge. As soon as Led Zeppelin kicks on you know you've just entered Comeback City, population Thor.
Analysis: This movie wasn't just a fresh Thor movie, it felt like a truly unique installment in the MCU. They made a lot of risky choices that all paid off. Most of the credit needs to go to the film's director, Taika Waititi. We will give him a shoutout by highlighting the fan-favorite character that he voiced, Korg.
The Doctor will see you now
Cool story about this scene. On the day the filmed this scene, a boy from the Make-A-Wish program was visiting the set. This little boy is the one that came up with the line, "He's a friend from work". The rest is history, as this line went on to become a huge part of the film's marketing.
Matt Damon's First Oscar Since Good Will Hunting
Analysis: What makes the MCU unique is that they continue to build upon each character with every installment they put out. Ragnarok is no stranger to this. We finally got the perfect explanation as to why Thor and Hulk weren't invited to Civil War.