While every other blogger has written their own Thor: Ragnarok trailer breakdown or compiled an exhaustive list of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it easter eggs, I’m just over here drooling like a buffoon at how gorgeous the imagery is. It’s already broken every Disney & Marvel record for trailer views and it hasn’t even been out for a week yet!
Released on Monday, the teaser trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok” gained over 136 million views in its first day, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trailer has surpassed view numbers across all of Disney’s brands, including Lucasfilm, Pixar and Marvel. The previous record holder was Disney’s trailer for the live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” Marvel’s most-viewed record formerly belonged to “Captain America: Civil War,” which gathered 94 million views in its first 24 hours.
At least 50 of those views were from me as I stared slack-jawed in my boxers soaking the glory of Jack Kirby’s character designs, backgrounds, and color schemes coming to life before my eyes. And all set to “Immigrant Song” by Led Zepplin? It’s like watching a movie version of a Heavy Metal Magazine cover. Or the side of some dude’s van who was/is a roadie and probably owns a snake.
A few years ago, I realized that something about the imagery of high fantasy really resonated with me. I grew up an aspiring comic artist, so Heavy Metal was my jam along with the art of Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta. As a result of that, I was drawn towards other fantasy-related outlets – Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Conan movies, etc.
All these years I’ve felt the high fantasy genre has never reached its full potential. So much of what I associate with the genre is based on the imagery I was exposed to growing up. If this first teaser is any indication, Thor: Ragnarok will deliver in spades and serve as the Thor movie fans have wanted the last two to be.
One can only hope for a Beta Ray Bill or Throg appearance, but I’ll settle for Hela in her horned mantle wiping out an army of pegasus-riding Valkyrie.
Sidenote: seeing Cate Blanchett (and those cheekbones!) with dark hair…
…totally awakened the Ron Swanson in me.