We may never find out what Edgar Wright’s version of Ant-Man would have looked like, because the director abruptly left the production in 2014 after years of working on the project. “I wanted to make a Marvel movie, but I don’t think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie,” he told Variety’s Playback podcast.
Marvel might regret interfering with Wright’s vision for the film after the success of Thor: Ragnarok, because, as Screen Junkies’ new Honest Trailer breaks down, the new Thor movie’s triumph can be attributed to the following advice: “Don’t fire the weirdo. Embrace him.” The weirdo in question in this case is director Taika Waititi, who gave us an installment “that trims all the dead weight off the franchise,” stripping away Thor’s love interest, his home world, and even his hammer.
In their place, Waititi gave us more jokes, visuals that look like they’re actually based on a comic book, and plenty of Jeff Goldblum. “Because when you’re part of a 14-billion-dollar global franchise, why TF not?” Let’s hope the folks behind Solo: A Star Wars Story don’t come to regret not taking that advice.
Knowing what director Taika Waititi did with the mediocre Thor franchise, it makes me wish that we could see what Edgar Wright would have done with a superhero like Ant-Man. Maybe now that Thor: Ragnarok is a success they’ll let directors play in their sandbox with a little more freedom instead of trying to make them fit their formula so strictly.
Speaking of formula, one of the jabs here taken at Thor: Ragnarok is the repetitive nature of action sequences in Marvel movies, in this case a scene featuring a character jumping out of a vehicle at high speeds and fighting on top of it.
However, I do have one bone to pick with this Honest Trailer and the fans who think they’ve found an inconsistency with a certain plot element. It’s pointed out that even though Thor has the ability to summon lightning, he spends an awful lot of time getting electrocuted. But I’m not so sure those restraining devices are using electricity. They seem to effect his body biologically and not just shock him, even though that’s what it sounds like. There’s likely an explanation for this behind the scenes at Marvel
Note: If you still haven’t seen the Thor/Hulk team-up that is “Thor: Ragnarok,” be warned: Spoilers are below.
The third time proved to be the charm for Marvel Studios’ Thor franchise. Not only is “Thor: Ragnarok” the best Thor movie by a long shot, but it also serves as Marvel Studios’ funniest offering in a slate of movies that now stands at 18 films. “Ragnarok” also provides a new team-up formula (successfully inserting the Incredible Hulk into the film) that could serve as a template for future Marvel Studios films.
“Thor: Ragnarok” is available Tuesday to bring home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD (it has been available for digital download since Feb. 20). This is the second Marvel Studios film to get the 4K treatment for a home release; “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2″ was the first. Whether Marvel Studios will release every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in Ultra HD remains to be seen, but it looks like from now on, 4K will be an option. This bodes well for high-definition junkies who will be eager to take home box office record-breaker “Black Panther” and April’s highly anticipated “Avengers: Infinity War.”
[ ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ takes what we like about Chris Hemsworth’s hero and kicks it up a notch ]
There’s a good chance that “Thor: Ragnarok” will be the last solo “Thor” film. Chris Hemsworth has at least two more appearances as the God of Thunder in the next two “Avengers” movies, but is otherwise contractually done and could be hanging up his cape for good and making room for the next generation of Marvel Studios heroes. His performance as Thor — heroic and surprisingly hilarious, at times — has been one of the most spot-on performances in the MCU, right up there with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’s Captain America.
Here are Comic Riffs’ five favorite moments from “Thor: Ragnarok.”
1. Mjolnir’s last stand
Thor has to say goodbye to many things beloved to him in “Ragnarok”: an eye in battle, his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and his blonde locks of hair (cut by Stan Lee in one of his funnier cameos). But perhaps nothing was more emotional than the severed connection between Odinson and his mystical hammer Mjolnir. Mighty Mjolnir is crushed to cosmic rubble in the hands of Thor’s newly revealed older sister Hela (Cate Blanchett). The destruction of the trusty tool happens early in the film, but not before Mjolnir is given one last blaze of glory in the fiery realm of the gigantic demon Surtur. We’re treated to images of Thor handling his hammer just like he does in the comics, spinning Mjolnir so fast he forms a shield against fire, and striking down dragons and demons alike