A little Led Zeppelin, a little humor, and a famous helmet basically make the Thor: Ragnarok trailer two minutes of magnificence on a Monday.
The two movies starring Thor have always occupied a rather strange place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s about as likely to catch Shakespearean-style jokes as he is to make somber pronouncements about villains like Malekith. Granted, the two movies have also given us Tom Hiddleston as Loki, but when your rather morally ambiguous adopted brother gets more of the limelight than you do, that’s a problem.
So, on this third go-round for the God of Thunder, what do we have in store?
Check out Marvel’s new teaser trailer below:
Here’s one thing Chris Hemsworth’s Thor has that not many characters do in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s funny in a generally non-snarky way. Even lines like “He’s adopted” from The Avengers are funny not because he’s being sardonic. It’s all in the delivery. So, when, at the end of the trailer, we see Thor being excited and calling the Incredible Hulk “a friend from work,” it’s funny because it’s true, just expressed in a way that not many people would choose to explain their relationship with the Hulk. It’s also in the character’s expression as he explains to Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster.
Between that, the use of Led Zeppelin’s actually-written-about-Vikings-per-Genius “Immigrant Song,” and the return of Thor’s helmet from the comics after several movies of letting his locks flow free in the wind, and Thor: Ragnarok seems like it may have found a proper niche for Thor himself.
About the only person we don’t see that we know is showing up is Doctor Strange. We even get a brief glimpse of Hiddleston’s Loki, but for once, the major focus is all on his brother, as it probably should be, since the movie is called Thor: Ragnarok.
Ragnarok hits theaters Nov. 3.