'Thor: Ragnarok' Teaser Breakdown: The God of Thunder Enters the Arena

With the first official look at this November's third installment in the Thor series, Thor: Ragnarok, offering up a radical, and more comedic, new take on the God of Thunder, a shiny new layer of speculation concerning the ambitious sequel has been unveiled. Teasing the not only a return to the character's mystical home of Asgard, but also the introduction of new characters like Cate Blanchett's Hela and Jeff Goldblum's The Grandmaster, Thor: Ragnarok looks to be taking a dynamic new direction with its titular Norse God. Promising everything from gladiator fights to apocalyptic warfare, with some playful banter along the way, let's break down the essentials from Thor's latest inter-dimensional adventure.

Right from the start, you can tell this isn't going to be your average Thor film. With the first two films in the series giving us toned-down, serious set pieces of good vs. evil, with tidbits of comedy tossed in, the teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok ignites with the colorful allure of a Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Beginning the trailer by showing us the latest mystical predicament Chris Hemsworth's Thor has found himself in, director Taika Waititi firmly establishes his more meta and comedic approach to the character. Pitching the question of how the hell the all-powerful God of Thunder got himself chained up the fiery hell of another world, the teaser already encourages plenty of speculation.

As Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song' builds up in the background, we're introduced to one of the film's central antagonists, Cate Blanchett's gothic goddess of death, Hela. In a scene we can somewhat infer to be on Earth (one of the few in the film), we find Thor encountering Hela for the first time. Tossing his trusty hammer, Mjolnir, at her like she's some common criminal, we get our first glimpse at how extensive the goddess' abilities truly are, as she shatters the almighty hammer in her grip. Following a few glimpses at Hela's more comic-accurate look, with her ominous, spider-like headdress, the trailer teases at the primary conflict of the film. With Hela descending upon the seemingly peaceful world of Asgard, she unleashes her destruction upon Thor's home. This sets the scene for the rest of the trailer, as we find Thor stripped of not only Mjolnir, but also his home.

Banishing Thor to what appears to be Sakaar, the grand wasteland of the galaxy, we're given even more reason to compare the film to that of Guardians of the Galaxy. Dull and dreary, yet sprinkled with sporadic color, the occupants of Sakaar look almost like they stepped out of some bar in Mos Eisley. Among the odd characters, we find Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a hard-drinking Asgardian warrior taking refuge on Sakaar. Trapping Thor and bringing him to the Grandmaster, we also get a peek at Jeff Goldblum's latest enigmatic character. While much still remains a secret concerning Goldblum's cosmic being, he definitely plays a major role in the film, as he tosses Thor to the dogs with none other than Tom Hiddleston's Loki by his side.

While I'll touch on Loki's role in the film soon enough, as the trailer continues, we get our first glimpse at the two characters I'm most anxious to see in the film. First showing us a mangey-looking Heimdall (Idris Elba), who seemingly escapes Asgard after Hela's invasion, we then get a look at Karl Urban's brutal enforcer behind Hela, Skurge the Executioner. While the two actors' roles might be minor in the film's plot, the casting of Urban as Skurge, as well as the return of Elba's all-seeing sentry, definitely offer plenty to enjoy from this bold new go-around for Thor.

As war breaks out across Asgard, and Thor finds himself tossed into a gladiator battle on Sakaar, another interesting tidbit from the trailer shows Tom Hiddleston's Loki gearing up to fight. Seemingly protecting Asgard from the deadly forces of Hela, after he weaved his way into the throne in Thor: The Dark World, I'm curious to see just what kind of fresh dynamic Loki and Thor have now, or if they even interact with each other at all in the film. Along with that, it'll be interesting to see just what side Loki stands on now, whether he's gearing up to take on Hela or joining her at her side.

In the final scene of the trailer, we find Thor in the arena, with green smoke and the Grandmaster's voice booming over the battlefield. As the tension slowly builds, the God of Thunder eager to see just what monstrosity he'll be forced to fight, we see that it's actually a much more familiar monstrosity than we thought, as an armor-cladded Hulk charges into the arena. While the details of Mark Ruffalo's green rage monster's full involvement in the film remain slim, we do know that after leaving the Avengers, he somehow makes his way to Sakaar, only to become one of the Grandmaster's most prized gladiators. With the second act of the film supposedly turning into a sort-of road trip comedy with Thor and Hulk, it'll be interesting to see just how the two heroes mature and bond following their duel in the arena.

Even though it may have only shown us less than two minutes of footage from the film, the third entry in the Thor series already looks to be one of the best Marvel films of the year. With a hopeful and bold new vision at its disposal, Taika Waititi's ambitious entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe could pay off in a surprising way, hopefully making me regain interest in the God of Thunder and his adventures once more. Thor: Ragnarok releases in theaters November 3.

What are your thoughts on the first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok? Which MCU film are you most excited to see this year? Let me know in the comment section below, and stay tuned for more superhero-themed posts coming soon!         

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