There’s no denying Thor Ragnarok channels it’s Marvel cinematic predecessor Guardians of the Galaxy perhaps more than its own ‘sequel’ Thor the Dark World. With its bright colours, humour and science fiction atmosphere, Thor Ragnarok found the perfect balance between drama, comedy and action and in turn created a new spark on the eve of Marvel cinematic’s ten-year anniversary.
Admittedly, before Ragnarok, I was a tad uncertain as to how all these wonderful and interesting characters and worlds introduced to us nearly ten years ago in 2008’s Iron Man would fit together in Avengers Infinity War. Looking back across the films, the world has continued to grow and in turn expanded its stories, literally. Take Iron Man for example: Tony Stark was busy dealing with terrorists on Earth and a vengeful family friend, his character alone has gone on a journey I doubt he ever thought he’d ever go on across the years and throughout the films.
2012’s The Avengers brought together Iron Man, Captain American, Thor and the Hulk at the centre and paved the way for what is going to be tales of epic proportion in Infinity War parts 1 and 2. It also set the stage for a comic con panel long enough to push even Hall H to its limits.
Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014 was somewhat of a game-changer for the franchise, going into space with bright colours and humour. The overall aesthetic was different and perhaps a risk for the franchise. Luckily for them, it worked out and we now have more allies to join the Avengers in Infinity War. The only problem, how do the Guardians fit in with the Avengers?
As soon as I watched the first Thor Ragnarok trailer I immediately relaxed and was curious to experience a more light-hearted approach and see the two core Avengers (Thor and the Hulk) in a world like Guardians of the Galaxy. Directors and their visions aside, I do like to think that Ragnarok gave the Marvel franchise the opportunity to expand its horizons yet again and see characters we’ve come to love in environments like our favourite Guardians. We all know that the Guardians will no doubt play a huge part in Infinity War (even though secrecy around the story is hidden) mainly because Thanos has been confirmed as the villain and we all know his relationship to Gamora and the Guardians has already been established in the previous films.
Back to Thor Ragnarok, the third Thor movie certainly helped bridge the gap between the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. Seeing Thor back with Loki and fighting off against a new and powerful villain otherwise known as Hela was fun and refreshing, leaving me on the edge of my seat and with a smile on my face. Although the Revengers may or may not be a new group to take on Thanos, these characters, old and new ones alike, brought a certain charm and I can’t wait to see them again in Infinity War.