Marvel Studios is continuing to emphasize humor with Thor: Ragnarok, as early reactions to the film are calling it one of the funniest entries into the studio’s cinematic universe.
Some critics saw a screening of Ragnarok over the weekend, and although there are not yet any full reviews, these critics were allowed to tweet their reactions. The response overall has been extremely positive, but almost every review makes mention of the fact that the movie is really fun and humorous.
Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta, for instance, calls it “one of the funniest Marvel Studio movies thus far,” adding that “jokes and characters are front and center to the action & drama.” ComingSoon’s Jenna Busch notes that the movie is “hysterical.” Collider’s Steven Weintraub says it’s “loaded with [director Taika Waititi’s] trademark humor” that creates for laughs from beginning to end, and in another tweet, he teased that the movie contains a big surprise that is one of the funniest scenes in the MCU. Collider’s Haleigh Foutch says it’s “laugh out loud funny from start to finish.” Yahoo’s Kevin Polowy says that the movie is “hilarious & weird & offbeat & retro & sublime.” Finally, Gizmodo’s Germain Lussier says that the movie is “hilarious from start to finish.”
In addition to the humor, critics have also praised the movie’s action, its character work, its soundtrack, and the performances of Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum. Everyone seems to agree that it’s the best of the Thor movies, though that’s not a huge accomplishment considering the first two films are generally considered to be two of the weakest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Marvel films have had humor in them going back to Iron Man, but after the success of The Avengers, the franchise has leaned more and more into the comedy, with the Guardians of the Galaxy films also being driven by jokes. Coming out of a Marvel movie these days, it’s often the moments of comedy that audiences talk about most, quoting some of Peter, Tony, and Ned’s funniest lines from Spider-Man: Homecoming. Still, Marvel Studios hasn’t been afraid to venture into more somber territory, with last year’s Captain America: Civil War being a lot more serious than prior Avengers group films.
With a sinister title like Ragnarok, some Marvel fans had speculated that this film might be darker than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming. But that doesn’t appear to be the case, and based on early reactions, it sounds like the new Thor film is in line with the fun cosmic tone of Guardians rather than the more serious tone of the last two Captain America movies. Audiences should probably expect a much darker turn next year with Avengers: Infinity War, in which the Avengers face their biggest threat yet and in which at least one or more members of the team will likely be killed.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on Nov. 3.