Thor: Ragnarok

After four previous film appearances, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has become a Marvel character of considerable baggage. The original charm of Thor – a god who is cocky, headstrong, and naive – has somewhat worn out its welcome. There’s only so many times that those foibles can be retread before it becomes boring. The two previous Thor films (THOR and THOR: THE DARK WORLD) focused on those attributes, whereas the two previous Avengers films (THE AVENGERS and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON) have placed Thor in more of a supporting role – as that of the outsider who is somewhat awkward around his fellow Avengers. But in THOR: RAGNAROK, the very essence of Thor is shattered and rebuilt from the ground up for a refreshing and bold direction.

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