A successful movie trailer teases events and leaves audiences wondering, and that’s exactly what the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok does. But what else can you expect from a video that shows Thor’s trusted hammer, Mjolnir, being completely obliterated? And Asgard being engulfed in a wave of fire.
To say events escalate quickly in the trailer would be an understatement. Mjolnir is a weapon of near indescribable power, which is why one must be worthy to wield it. On occasion, Mjolnir has been destroyed in the comics, usually by being sliced by an ultra-powerful uber-sword…but to be shattered by someone’s bare hands? That moment in the trailer shows just how much of a threat and how much of a bad-ass the movie’s main villain, Hela, is. The whole “douse Asgard in flames” scene almost seems like an afterthought in comparison.
So, what happens after Thor loses Mjolnir? He is captured by aliens who would look at home in Guardians of the Galaxy, taken to an alien planet, and forced to fight in gladiatorial combat. Against Hulk. That’s right, Thor: Ragnarok is using plot elements from Planet Hulk. Oh, and Loki is involved somehow, because at this point he’s basically the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s mascot (not that I’m complaining). If I had to complain about anything, it’s Thor’s new Kratos-esque face tattoo, but that will probably be explained and make sense in the movie.
Whoever directed this trailer, I tip my hat to you. You were supposed to hype up the movie and get me excited, and you did not disappoint. I look forward to watching Thor: Ragnarok in theaters November 3rd, and so should everyone else.