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After two enormous successes in the form of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 and Spider Man Homecoming, Marvel could be aiming at a home run with the brilliant-looking Thor Ragnarok 2017 set to come out the theater in October.
If the first Thor Ragnarok 2017 trailer for Taika Waititi’s sequel had already got you extremely excited, it’s likely fair to say the following one will have whipped you up into a craze.
It seems hilarious, wonderfully cinematic and marvelously stylish, with Cate Blanchett’s performance as Hela standing out as one of the most interesting new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And that’s without even talking about the two great demons from Thor lore, a new assemblage of superheroes and the teases of a deeply compelling story included in the brand new trailer.
It might not have been any kind of competition to Spider Man Homecoming regarding spoiling pretty much everything wastedly, but there’s loads of plot in that second trailer. And while some will claim that it’s all very irritating to witness so much, with Thor Ragnarok 2017 it doesn’t feel like too much of a make up. There’s still more than enough not revealed to keep the hype rising.
- Loki Gets Captured Too
When the first trailer was released, it looked like Loki was going to be showing up on Sakaar as a guest of the Grandmaster to bask in the entertainment of seeing his brother crushed into bits of dust by the Hulk. But that’s all now changed as it’s revealed that he too ends up being held imprisoned on the planet.
Given the chains, it would seem that Loki actually goes to Sakaar trying to set his brother free, and his true motives are figured out after the clash with Hulk, leading to the Grandmaster locking him up. Loki probably knows how much he knows he needs Thor to conquer Hela?
Regardless of what steps to this point, Thor definitely frees him and the duo up to make their way out of the Grandmaster’s venue, grant Thor the one of a kind opportunity to engage in some heavy actions (presumably he can’t use his abilities of controlling lightning here).
After it was announced that Taika Waititi would be participated as Planet Hulk character Korg (and subsequently that the character’s role was being extended from original intentions), the second Thor Ragnarok 2017 trailer brings us a look at the rock monster alien.
He’s obviously another gladiator (sharing the same armor as Hulk), and his short appearance implies that he serves as a key part in the escape scene (and given his missing, it’s likely not good news for him).
The trailer also showed a first look at Fenris Wolf, the gruesome beast created by Loki in the comic version, who will doubtlessly be summoned by Hela as a last resort of defense on Asgard when she reigns.
There’s also a first look at Hela’s minions – skull-headed, green-eyed abominations who without any doubt will take the role of the Chitauri in this movie (being no more than cannon fodder). But at least they look the part for Hela’s goth army.
- Heimdall Is Removed
The shot of Keith Urban’s Skurge and Hela seems to be no more than an establishing scene, gathering the villains together for a nice small shot, but it actually speaks a lot more in its background.
Look closely and you’ll see that Heimdall’s sword remains still at the very end of the Rainbow Bridge. If Skurge and Hela are there and his sword is covered, it totally makes sense that Heimdall has been taken out of the equation completely by this point. He’d have to be to allow this pose to even take place.
So why would she remove Heimdall? Well, so she can take control of the Bifrost. Thor Ragnarok 2017 trailer also features a vivid scene showing Thor, Loki and Hela all travelling through the Bifrost, assumedly with the villainess causing the brothers to fall apart and lose their power to travel through it any more.
You’d have to suspect that this happens after Thor and Loki travel to New York to look for Odin (where they encounter Doctor Strange), and Hela hunts them down in order to stop them bringing back the only mighty character who can put a stop to her act.
Incidentally, Heimdall does show up in the trailer, but it seems suspiciously similar to the forest-set scene that has now been briefly aired in both trailers is in fact a flash-back. That surely seems like a young Fandral with him, after all.
One of the biggest highlights from the whole Comic Con Marvel presentation came in the form of Hulk’s new-discovered ability to talk more, just as he has somewhere else. He’s not the wordiest of characters, but his vocabulary has certainly improved and he’s able to hold a conversation.
Presumably, he has better advanced speech due to of the time he’s spent on Sakaar, without the distractions of turning back into Bruce Banner (which undoubtedly holds back his development).
Taika Waititi has explained why he talks the way he does: “I was always fascinated by the duality of Hulk and Banner, and seeing how their minds could be interconnected. Could we sometimes see Hulk and could we have a bit of Banner’s voice in there? Could we see Banner and have Hulk’s characters through there?”
He also stated that the internal Jekyll/Hyde conflict existing within Banner will grow in this movie in a new way: “I think in this movie we’re going to watch that for the first time, where the two are fighting – really fighting this time – for control of the body. And Hulk talking, this idea of a more perceptive Hulk who can say sentences – that clearly has existed in the comics, but I think it’s something the fans long to finally see. It’s exactly what fans want to see, and what I wanted too.”
- …Bruce Banner Has Been Out Of It For A While
Even more exciting than Hulk speaking, the trailer shows that Bruce Banner has no memory of anything that has occurred as of late (including instant events like the arena brawl with Thor). He apparently no longer retains any memories of when he transforms to Hulk, which is a nice new development that appears to suggest that his Hulk side is gaining in strength in their internal conflict.
He is probably kept under control by The Grandmaster, who continuously triggered him to make sure he doesn’t return to the more pragmatic, more relaxed Banner? Maybe Thor’s first act after the duo brawl (or perhaps during it) is to break Grandmaster’s way of control and setting him free?
That would explain the question how he becomes human again.