In Ragnarok, the third Thor Marvel outing, Thor has to cope with the death of his father Odin and the discovery of a previously unknown sister who is rightful heir to the throne of Asgard. Unfortunately Hela, Thor’s sister, is the all powerful Goddess of death and wants nothing more to destroy Asgard.
In an early skirmish Thor winds up on the strange planet of Surtur where he is forced into a gladiatorial style competition against a certain giant green fellow.
Eventually the action moves back to Asgard and a final battle between Thor and Hela.
Brilliantly directed by Taika Waititi who also turns in a great performance as the voice of Korg. Ragnarok fits very nicely into the MCU phase three plans. It’s also easily the funniest Marvel movie yet made. Fans will bemoan the absence of Natalie Portman et al but Earth makes only the smallest of appearances and that’s mostly so that Doctor Strange can make a nice cameo. Cate Blanchett makes for a brilliant villainess as Hela and Tessa Thompson makes a great addition to the team as the last surviving Asgardian Valkyrie.
There are a couple of fun cameos from Matt Damon and Luke Hemsworth playing Loki and Thor respectively in an Asgardian play being performed when Thor returns home.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Cate Blanchett as Hela
Idris Elba as Heimdall
Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster
Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie
Karl Urban as Skurge
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk
Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
Taika Waititi as Korg
Rachel House as Topaz
Clancy Brown as Surtur
Tadanobu Asano as Hogun
Ray Stevenson as Volstagg
Director: Taika Waititi
Writers: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
Network and Production Companies: Marvel – Disney
Year of Release: 2017
Duration: 130 minutes