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“Thor: Ragnarok” positively changes franchise

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Caitlyn Neal, staff writer

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“Thor: Ragnarok” was released Nov. 3, the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and third installment of the “Thor” movies.

In the movie, starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor, the god of thunder is confronted with a sister he didn’t know existed. Hela, goddess of death, is the firstborn daughter of Odin, the king of Asgard. Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, is determined to see Asgard reach its former bloody glory.  

Thor, with the help of the Hulk, his brother Loki, and new friends, has to prevent his sister from destroying the Asgardian way of life and taking over the galaxy.

The movie is remarkable for the change in tone from the original “Thor” movies. Where before the movies tended to be darker in their color schemes and their themes, “Ragnarok” takes its cues from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies and employs bright colors throughout the movies, as well as lighthearted humor previously absent from the “Thor” franchise.

On the similarities side, the movies have always featured character development as a common theme; the original uses this idea for the main plot of the movie, where Thor is introduced to the audience. This continues in “Ragnarok,” where Thor has to put aside the past to focus on the future of himself and his people.

The movie also furthers the setup for the next Avengers movie, where the Avengers will team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to fight for the galaxy, according to MLive. “Ragnarok” introduces new characters and brings back old ones, all who will presumably play a role in the next movie. The events in this movie will influence the Avengers movie, as Thor is forced to not only protect his people, but also the galaxy.

Overall, “Ragnarok” is a fantastic addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avid Marvel fans will enjoy references to the other Avengers, and casual moviegoers will enjoy the humor sprinkled throughout, making the movie a success in more ways than one.

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