Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week hosts Holly and David dive into their re-watch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you watch one movie a week this year, you can watch them all in time for Infinity War. With the first part watched, here are our thoughts looking back at these films!
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Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week hosts Holly and David made it to Thor: Ragnarok, and the time to talk about it is now! This is the last episode of Comparative Opinions this year, we’ll be back in January! So yeah, spoiler-light and then spoiler-filled discussion of Thor: Ragnarok, which turned out to be a hard movie to talk about without spoilers… short answer: go see it!
The ramp-up to summer continues with great movie trailers, it would seem. And there’s one movie this year I didn’t dare get excited or even think much about. Sure, the first Thor was pretty great, but that was Kenneth Branagh. Then Thor the Dark World was only so-so.
The scene in Avengers Age of Ultron that was supposed to lead us into Thor Ragnarok was not super inspiring (and also was one of the more contentious scenes in the movie, since it seemed overly distracting from the plot and forced upon the director). But, we also got word that Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk was going to be in the movie, and then – in the Doctor Strange stinger – got to see that Strange himself was going to be involved as well. So there’s some reservations and some excitements, but the movie is coming out in November, so I wasn’t really thinking or caring about it.
Then this hit this morning.
OH MY GOSH CAN IT BE NOVEMBER YET?
I love good use of music in a movie trailer, especially following one song throughout – something that both Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and now Thor Ragnarok have done well lately. And it helps that I love both “The Chain” and “Immigrant Song!”
They probably had me completely hooked when Thor breaks the fourth wall right at the beginning and starts narrating. They almost certainly had me when Cate Blanchett ups the ante. But they just keep going – and it ends as gloriously as we might hope, revealing Hulk in all his outer space armored… incredibleness.
This movie has to contend with the Justice League, which to be fair probably won’t be easy. However, I think it’s going to hold its own just fine.
I found Kevin Smith’s reaction as well… pretty similar, I must say:
What do you think about Thor Ragnarok now? Let me know in the comments below!
The top voted topic for an alignment grid from our poll a while back was the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We did a really popular one for Guardians of the Galaxy a while back, and in that same vein, we’re going to do a few other of the movie franchises on their own.
With people visiting this week, this is our plan for the week, so hope you like! Today: the nine alignments of the Thor movies!
Okay, when Marvel leaked their Age of Ultron trailer last week, I was excited. And we were starting to get some rumors on the next movie in the works, Captain America 3. It’s going to have Iron Man! It might be Civil War! With those little tidbits, I figured that would be it for a while. After all, we’re seven months out from the next Marvel movie, and we just got the first trailer for it…
Then last week, DC announced all of their movies between now and 2020. I haven’t even had a chance to talk about these – so check out the post about them on We Minored in Film to cover that! The announcements are both exciting and expected, as they are movies for the members of the Justice League. The Marvel equivalent would be announcing Hawkeye, Hulk, and Black Widow movies to go with the existing titles.
And I feel that there’s an element of DC forcing this play, but maybe it was always planned. Marvel announced all of Phase 3, all in one go! With release dates, subtitles, and everything! I should add, though, that it seems their plan was to announce all of these movies – and then show the trailer for Age of Ultron that evening. By which point, there would have been way too much for one day.