The new ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ trailer looks even more epic than expected

Screengrab via Marvel Entertainment

Thor’s third solo film will be a comic space adventure.

Thor: Ragnarok is Marvel’s third Thor movie, directed by New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do In The Shadows).

It’s a spacefaring epic with a more comedic tone than Thor: The Dark World, partly thanks to Waititi encouraging improvisation on set. His vision already seems to be a success, with the first trailer breaking Marvel and Disney records for online views. 

Now we’re getting a look at the latest international trailer, which introduces Doctor Strange to the film. With an exciting villain, colorful visuals, and a real sense of fun, it’s easy to get even more excited for Marvel’s next superhero movie.


Thor: Ragnarok teaser trailer Screengrab via Thor Official/Twitter

Thor: Ragnarok plot

Like all Marvel movies, Ragnarok draws from a selection of Marvel comics ideas. Planet Hulk is a significant influence because in the movie, Thor is imprisoned on an alien planet and forced into gladiatorial combat. His main opponent is none other than the Hulk, meaning Mark Ruffalo joins the cast in a lead role.

The film has been described as a “road trip comedy,” with Thor and Bruce Banner as unlikely partners. Director Waititi isn’t shying away from the sillier side of the Thor franchise, and Ragnarok’s colorful aesthetic looks refreshingly different from most of the other Marvel movies.

Thor: Ragnarok teaser trailer Screengrab via Thor Official/Twitter

Just in case Thor: Ragnarok wasn’t metal enough already, Marvel just revealed it will include a dragon.

Thor: Ragnarok cast

Like the previous two movies, Ragnarok takes inspiration from Norse mythology. Thor and Loki are joined by Tessa Thompson as the tough Asgardian warrior Valkyrie. Cate Blanchett plays the lead villain Hela, the queen of Hel and Niflheim—traditionally the Norse underworld and afterlife. Screengrab via Thor Official/Twitter

Natalie Portman did not want to reprise her role as Jane Foster, so she and Thor parted ways after Thor: The Dark World. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, producer Kevin Feige said that Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is “much more [Thor’s] equal and in many ways his superior.” Apparently, a celebrated astrophysicist is not good enough for Thor. It sounds like Feige may still be a little sore about the breakup.


Idris Elba
and Anthony Hopkins return as Heimdall and Odin (or possibly Loki disguised as Odin), and Benedict Cumberbatch has a supporting role as Doctor Strange. Karl Urban joins the cast as the monstrous warrior Skurge, but most importantly, this movie includes Jeff Goldblum.

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ teaser trailer Screengrab via Thor Official

Goldblum plays Grandmaster, the alien ruler of the planet Sakaar. His costume and makeup are deliciously ridiculous, and Goldblum describes the character as “a hedonist, a pleasure-seeker.” Waititi apparently encouraged him to improvise a lot during filming. We can’t wait.

It also appears actress Jaime Alexander will return as Lady Sif, who appeared in the last two Thor movies and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Jamie Alexander Screengrab via KathyW/Twitter

The cast is as funny and charming as you’d expect in this new behind-the-scenes video from Marvel, featuring a couple of new clips from the movie.

Thor: Ragnarok trailer

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ teaser trailer Screengrab via Thor Official/Twitter

The first trailer arrived April 10, showcasing the film’s comedic tone and giving some clues about how Thor became a space-gladiator. As expected, it’s more Guardians of the Galaxy than Avengers, starring plenty of aliens and leaning heavily on the fantasy elements of the comics. We already foresee a lot of love for Cate Blanchett’s no-chill supervillain performance.

Marvel unveiled a full-length trailer at Comic Con, and it looks rad as hell. Tessa Thompson rides a winged horse, Loki gets chained up, Thor banters with the Hulk, and the music is some kind of 1980s prog rock/video game situation that just begs for air guitar.

Thor: Ragnarok release date

Thor: Ragnarok will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 3, 2017.

The complete Marvel Studios movie calendar
You have years of Marvel movie magic ahead of you. Here's the lineup.
From Our VICE Partners

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.