A Thor: Ragnarok Rant

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By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

This article contains Thor: Ragnarok spoilers

I loved Thor: Ragnarok, you can check out my review here. I gave it a full five stars and the movie has worked its way into my top five all-time favourite MCU films.

However, despite how totally amazing the film was, there was one thing in the film that really annoyed me.

Despite what most people say, I don’t believe that the first two Thor movies are the worst in the MCU. I think Thor is underrated and Thor: The Dark World is much better than the likes of Iron Man 2 & Captain America. But while I appreciate the need to take Thor in a new direction, it doesn’t mean you have to totally throw away some key components of the previous two films.

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It was a shame that Lady Sif was not in Thor: Ragnarok, Jaimie Alexander had TV commitments and was unable to be part of the movie. But being unable to film a movie is one thing, but to be totally mishandled and cast aside? That was the case of the Warriors Three.

On Hela’s return to Asgard, she immediately kills Volstagg and Fandral. No dramatic emphasis was put on these deaths. It was over in the blink of an eye and then they moved straight into a comedy beat with Skurge claiming that he’s “only the janitor”. This was a ludicrous dismissal of two secondary characters very important to Thor and a significant part of the Thor series.

At least with Hogun, they gave him some action and a meaningful death. But even so, it felt so rushed and it felt like it was an annoyance to have to deal with these characters in the first place. They wanted them out of the way to focus on the new stuff.

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I would have been totally satisfied and understanding by all three of their deaths, if it actually meant something. These are three of Thor’s closest allies and Thor does not even ask about them nor does their names appear in conversation on his return to Asgard. This was a total fumble in my opinion, and yes I do take more of an issue with this because they are one of my more favoured comic book teams. But still, these were important characters to the lead of the franchise. It just felt so cold that so little meaning came from their deaths. While the comedy was fantastic, one or two more dramatic moments could still have been added to the film to improve it even further, this was that chance.

As I’ve already stated at the beginning and what I wrote in my review of Thor: Ragnarok, I love this movie. I love the characters, the style, the new direction, everything. It is one of my favourite Marvel films of all time. But still, this one little issue could have been fixed so easily. I just wish a little bit more care and attention was spent on the old cannon, as much as focusing on the new.

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