MoviesJust Us, or Does Thor: Ragnarok Look Like It'll Be Funny as Hell?
An official new mockumentary-style teaser explains what Thor was up to while conspicuously not appearing in Civil War.
It's hard to make a case for the Thor movies. They're not without their charms—the first film flirts with being a delightful fish-out-of-water comedy with an anticlimactic finale; the second has ambitions towards being the weirdest and most outlandish Marvel movie yet. However, both fall short, never really committing to carving out a distinct lane that distinguishes the best Marvel films from the forgettable ones. Next year's Thor: Ragnarok looks like it's going to break that pattern, and easily—and all it took to sell us on it is a simple, hilarious mockumentary that sets out to explain what Thor was up to during the events of Captain America: Civil War.
First shown off to the Marvel Studios super-fans that crowded into the company's crowded Hall H presentation at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, the Office-style mockumentary—just released this week in the lead-up to the home video release of Civil War—shows Thor kicking back in Australia and taking it easy post-Avengers in a flat with his new roommate Darryl. There, he spends his time volunteering at a local elementary school, asking Darryl to email Tony Stark and Steve Rogers on his behalf, and pondering the grand cosmic mysteries of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Oh, and Bruce Banner is there, too.
Describing the short isn't nearly as fun as watching it—its litany of sight gags and the goofy, low-key delivery by comedy gold mine Chris Hemsworth is better seen than described. Put together by Ragnarok director Taika Watiti, whose previous films Hunt for The Wilderpeople and What We Do In The Shadows established the director's unique brand of awkward-yet-extremely-clever brand of comedy, the short signals that Ragnarok is a movie that will embrace the sensibilities of its director, much like Guardians of the Galaxy reflected James Gunn's earnest-yet-a-tad-rude sense of humor.
Thor: Ragnarok is currently slated for November 2017—a full year out at this point—and while it almost certainly won't be a feature-length mockumentary like the released short (though we can dream), it is nice to be interested in a Thor movie for once.