Perhaps you’ve already seen Thor: Ragnarok… Perhaps you’ve already read our rave review… Perhaps you’re champing at the bit for a space to get down and dirty and talk about all the incredible moments in this gem of a movie…

Well wait no longer. Here is our patented Thor: Ragnarok Spoilerdome. Feel free to get into the nitty gritty of everything you loved about this latest candy-colored treat from the MCU down below. What were your favorite moments, your favorite lines, your favorite (very surprising) cameos? Take a walk into our comments the way Valkyrie walks into battle, with a ship exploding with fireworks behind her:

 

  • Courgette

    Best lines; 1, 2, 3, go.

    PISS OFF, GHOST!

    • Allen

      “when we were children he turned into a snake because he knew I liked snakes and when I picked up the snake to admire it he changed back and yelled “fooled you it’s me” and tried to stab me”

      • Andrew Clark

        I love the smile Loki gets. Their rapport is so fantastic.

        • Allen

          You can see him thinking “yep that was a good one”

      • Lilgreenman

        “I have to get off this planet!” followed of course by “Haha! Yes! That’s what it feels like!”

    • The DC & Marvel fan

      “Are you the God of Hammers?”

      • Lunaman

        This was my single favorite line in all three Thor movies. Such a perfect little nugget of refocusing.

        • Allen

          “The power was inside you all along” is such a clich√© idea normally, but for this franchise it works like gang busters. I love that all three of the original trilogies end with the main character at least temporarily letting go of one of the aspects by which they had been defining themselves: The suits, the shield, the hammer.

    • Lunaman

      I’m on another planet! Designed to stress me out!

    • Lunaman

      Were you just…waiting to call her trash?

    • Lunaman

      Welcome, Point Break.

    • Lunaman

      “Thor, Son of Odin.”
      “Surtur, Son of… a bitch. You’re still alive?”

    • “I’ve been falling, for THIRTY MINUTES!”

      • Lunaman

        YESSSS

    • “This is Meik, he’s an insect and he has knives for hands.”

  • The DC & Marvel fan

    I got the chills when Thor was officially named King of Asgard to the tune of Patrick Doyle’s music.

    • EdExley

      The over-whelming joy at Marvel actually forking over the royalty check to re-use one of their best themes gave me tingles

  • The DC & Marvel fan

    Also, HULK BUTTOCKS!!!

  • Andrew Clark

    Basically everything about this movie worked for me. It’s one of those films that has it’s flaws but they don’t matter to the experience because it’s such a self-aware, good romp of a time and swings you along blissfully.

    I’ll get into more details when I have some time at work this evening.

  • Lilgreenman

    Biggest missed opportunity: Skurge, Skurge, Skurge. He has the exact same problem as the Donkey from WAR APES, but it’s exacerbated by that opening scene where Urban shows he could have been one of the highlights of the movie. Imagine the dumb space jock having a more substantial arc, as he’s gleeful to lord power over the Asgardians, and before his conscience catches up to him, he plays a similar role to Rachel House in WILDERPEOPLE.

    Relatedly, hats off to Rachel House – holding your own when every scene you have is side-by-side with Goldblum is an achievement. “Booze-hag.”

    • Andrew Clark

      Skurge is definitely the most lacking part for me, which is too bad. I wonder if he had more that was cut for streamlining.

      • EdExley

        It seems like his part could have been Loki’s at one point, and would make sense having Loki kiss up to his bigger, badder sis, then betraying her at the end. But Thor and Loki are just too much fun together, so Skurge ended up with the half-baked cast-offs

        • Andrew Clark

          I’m sure that was an idea they played with, but I like that they went with the movie itself making fun of how predictable Loki’s behavior has become and that they specifically didn’t have him side with Hela because of it.

          Skurge is also Hela’s bodyman/minion in the comics (he’s in love with her and she strings him along, anyway) so it’s no surprise he’s present in that capacity, regardless!

  • Lunaman

    So, that moment during the gladiator match where Thor gets his mojo back and thunderpunches Hulk right the fuck off his feet…that’s the shit I’ve been waiting to see in a Thor movie ever since I saw that dude on a comics page.

  • Lunaman

    Also, does Thor just, uh, straight-up have only one eye forever now?

    • Allen

      Until Thanos starts screwing around with the gauntlet at minimum. It seems to be a reference to God King Thor from the comics.

  • Lunaman

    Hulk fought a giant. Fucking. Wolf.

  • Andrew Clark

    I really love how the movie doesn’t pound home character beats excessively. Like Thor confronting Hela while on sitting the throne, carrying his father’s spear, already falling into the role that was his birthright. And then Loki finally becoming a worthy leader (what he’s wanted since THOR) when he guides the Prisoners with Jobs to Asgard to help in the evacuation.

    It’s all small and clever but still filled to the brim with character and storytelling. It’s really good stuff.

    • I loved that the brash, colorful comedy and adventure is also a trojan horse to have great character arcs done quietly.

  • Other than all the greatness of the wonderful character moments and running gags and great comedic timing and delivery that permeate the whole movie, I was surprised that it was also the most focused and functional Thor movie of the three. I expected a great romp that moved things along to set the final cosmic pieces on the Infinity War board (Hulk, Thor, Loki, some Infinity Stone, all of which were set up expertly)… instead we got a seamlessly, almost invisibly executed deconstruction of the implications of Asgard as a cosmic empire, a prickly aspect of the Thor movies that had been completely brushed over in the other movies.

    Take note, Zack Snyder: this is how you deconstruct a superhero. You build the deconstruction into the actual plot and let it play out as conflict, without calling attention to it. The whole movie is structured to mess with our expectations and build a third act twist: starting with Thor tied up in Surtur’s underworld to quickly resolve that threat so we dismiss it, and with Thor doing a little monologue to catch us up which feels like the start of a voice-over narrative for me movie, only to be Thor jokingly speaking to a long dead dead pile of bones (that image is loaded with meaning)… the movie undoes our expectations immediately.

    Thor’s last minute plan to deal with Hela and his realization that his visions weren’t telling him to stop Ragnarok but to use it to stop her is a twist but also kind of a third act reveal. Except it’s done so quietly (in contrast to the humor and action, that are brash and colorful) it doesn’t *feel* like a reveal. And that’s the best way to execute a reveal. Instead of giving you the adrenaline jolt of a shock that wears off and leaves you satisfied, the twist is exciting but quiet (or matter-of-fact) enough that it leaves you breathing room to wonder about it. Instead of discussing how the shock felt, you get to discuss what the twist meant. It’s closer to subversion, and it ties into Thor’s three movie character arc in a wonderful way. It’s brilliant stuff.

    The only part of the movie that left me dissatisfied, however, is the very ending. Thor simply taking the throne feels like a big missed opportunity and a waste of the great resolution given to his character arc. This ties also into the parallel this great article makes between Thor and Cap: http://lewtonbus.net/criticism/thor-bittersweet-embrace-insecurity/ . Both Cap2 and Ragnarok are movies about tearing down a regime that means well but has an oppressive and totalitarian root just waiting to blossom. The good intentions of both are undone by their founding sins: SHIELD was built with HYDRA defectors and Asgard on bloody conquest. What bugs me is: both stories tear those systems down (with huge explosions) only to dodge the bullet of figuring out what should replace them.

    CIVIL WAR responds to WINTER SOLDIER with a cautionary tale against building a new system (the Accords) to replace the old. It throws up its arms and says “you can’t build something new because everything is tainted!” The Accords are undone because of Bucky’s dark past, so again, the past pollutes any hope to build a future.

    And RAGNAROK gives Thor the realization that Asgard are “a people, not a place,” which should lead to replacing the monarchy with some form of democracy… but then Thor should just takes up the throne and becomes a new king. Having the people adrift in a ship is a wonderful metaphor. I would much rather have had Thor pull out that throne from the dais to clear the view out to the stars for everyone, point to the stars and say they would all search for a new home together, and along the way figure out what kind of nation they should build, as equals. The throne’s dais becomes the observation deck for any and all to look out to the stars. A utopian ending would have really suited the space opera feel of the movie.

    It’s just stuff I’m wondering about, because the MCU keeps flirting with politics and not really taking it all the way (don’t get me started with Ultron…). Still, it’s pretty great they’ve done as much as they have, and with each new movie they seem to be growing bolder. So I’m really curious and excited to see what they do with the politics of Wakanda in Black Panther (and what will be a trilogy of Panther films, I hope).