Thor: Ragnarok

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The powerhouse that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe is showing no signs of slowing down with its latest edition, Thor: Ragnarok.

With such a high standard to live up to, this newest Marvel film has still managed to bring something new to the table. Director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows) creates the perfect mix of edge-of-you-seat action with witty comedy that will have you in stitches.

Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor when a threat arises that could see then end of Asgard. Unfortunately for the God of Thunder, before he can face that, he must survive a gladiatorial contest where he is pitted against none other than the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

Ragnarok brings new and old characters together to face the new big bag threatening the universe. While comic fans may know some of these new additions, as is the rule with all Marvel movies, Thor is crafted in a way to keep current fans from getting bored with hidden easter eggs, but still be perfectly coherent to casual fans of the film franchise.

More and more, characters from previous Marvel films are being slotted in to fill small parts of the storyline, without becoming major players. This continued interconnectedness shows serious dedication to their stories and really give viewers the sense that this is a whole new world they have created.

A lot happens in Thor: Ragnarok which means the story line has to move quickly. Not a scene is wasted however, and you don’t feel like anything has been rushed with how perfectly everything falls into its place.

Taking a leaf from Guardians of the Galaxy, a kick-ass soundtrack of power ballads carries the retro vibe this film is saturated in. These carefully chosen songs placed at just the right moments give a huge boost to the energy of this action packed sequel.

Along with the soundtrack, a heavy use of bright colours and lights in the design of the locations and characters is different to the pervious Thor films, helping with the mix of action and levity.

Fans of Director Taika Waititi’s work will likely recognise his slightly quirky style woven through the movie. It is this style that ultimately finds the balance between making fans laugh and giving a strong, emotive story.

Along with all the mandatory Marvel easter eggs throughout the film, Waititi has cleverly added plenty of references that will likely only make sense to Australian and New Zealand fans.

Marvel are well and truly ahead of the pack when it comes to superhero films and only really have themselves to compete with. But that doesn’t stop them from continuously besting themselves with each new endeavour, and Thor: Ragnarok is a prime example of that.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

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During the wall-crawler’s first stand-alone film, we see the clean-up of New York after the Avenger’s (2012) battle. Some entrepreneurial workers who are less than pleased when they have the post battle clean up contract taken from them. Luckily, they find other ways to make a profit from the battle. Add a little time jump (Civil War, 2016) and, of course, things have started to go bad; But Spidey is there to save the day.

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