Marvel has debuted a new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok as part of the NFL season kickoff with Thor assembling his own team, the Revengers. After two acceptable additions to the MCU, the Thor franchise is getting a facelift for the closing chapter of the trilogy. Chris Hemsworth is being given the ability to flex some comedic muscles and has seen an all-star cast assembled around him. Not only will Mark Ruffalo appear as the Hulk as part of the buddy cosmic road trip film, but so will Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and others.
The addition of Hulk is a welcome one and further highlights how both were missing from Marvel’s recent superhero fight in Captain America: Civil War. Now, Hulk and Thor will go head-to-head for a bit, before teaming up to save the galaxy. But, they won’t be alone.
Marvel debuted a new trailer for Ragnarok during a commercial break for the first NFL game of the 2017-2018 season. With two teams battling on the field, the new trailer introduces Team Thor, but under a new name: the Revengers. This team is formed with Thor and Hulk as previously mentioned, but also sees Loki work again with two former adversaries, and the addition of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson).
Even though Ragnarok is unmistakably still Thor’s film, it is clear Marvel is pushing the ensemble cast for this film. Hemsworth is a likable lead, but has yet to be a proven box office draw outside of the MCU. Since that caveat does not have much of an impact here, the Marvel Studios brand is more so responsible for selling the film. That said, when the supporting cast is led by a fan favorite character like Hulk, a beloved villain like Loki, and a potential breakout like Valkyrie, it is no surprise that they’re all receiving significant pushes as the film’s release draws near.
While this trailer should help even further boost the anticipation for Ragnarok, the film doesn’t really need more press. It was recently revealed to be the most anticipated fall film according to Fandango, even topping DC’s highly anticipated team-up Justice League. However, it continues the marketing push for Marvel’s latest just as they’ve lifted the set visit embargo on the film and put tickets on sale. At this point, it is simply a waiting game for fans to see the film and for Marvel to see how (hopefully) well received it is.
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