Thor: Ragnarok is has made a name for itself, not only for being a really good Marvel movie but also the funniest entry in the MCU so far. Director Taika Waititi has, effectively, relaunched the Thor franchise with Ragnarok, taking it in a direction that is much more akin to the comedy we’ve seen with Guardians of the Galaxy – and, boy, does it work! Here are some of the funniest moments the movie has to offer.
Loki has been disguising himself as Odin for years now, and when Ragnarok opens, he sits merrily on the throne of Asgard, watching a play. The play in question is a dramatic retelling of Thor and Loki’s story from Thor: Dark World, with some heavy bias towards Loki, of course. Playing Loki as the hero only Loki himself thought he should be, is none other than Matt Damon. As in, the Matt Damon. Not only that, but Luke Hemsworth plays Thor, while Sam Neill takes on the role of Odin. The scene is funny in itself, but even funnier simply because no one was expecting Matt Damon to appear in the MCU in such a brilliant gag role.
Hemsworth appeared in Doctor Strange‘s mid-credits scene, and we return to that moment in Ragnarok. Standing on the streets of New York, Loki is suddenly whisked away, while Thor is taken to see Strange. He’s subjected to all sorts of mind tricks, teleported from one location to the next and nearly destroying much of the Sanctum Sanctorum in the process, although it’s Loki who suffers the most.
“I have been falling for thirty minutes,” he screams when he’s eventually brought into the scene by Strange. Now we’d pay to see that One Shot.
Let’s be real; we could write an entire article on why Korg is one of the best characters to ever enter the MCU. Ragnarok is a funny movie anyway, but Korg just makes it a million times better. The huge rock monster is voiced by Waititi himself, and the one-liners come thick and fast. From his initial joke about him only being a danger to scissors to his in-depth description of the revolution pamphlets he had printed, Korg is a riot from beginning to end. He also has real heart, which gives him an extra dimension and makes him that much more lovable.
We’ve already praised Korg himself, but it’s definitely worth mentioning that one of the absolute funniest jokes comes from him – one that will go right over the head of younger viewers. When Korg and Thor first meet, Thor is getting ready to go into the battle arena against Hulk. As he’s describing his usual battle stance to Korg, he starts talking about how he used to use Mjolnir: “I would spin it really fast and it would pull me off…” unable to add in, “the ground.” Korg is so taken aback by the initial few words that he quickly interrupts “the hammer pulled you off?” Yes, it’s juvenile, but it’s really, really funny.
Stan Lee’s cameos are always something to look forward to with MCU films, and there are few funnier than his turn in Ragnarok. Appearing as the barber tasked with cutting Thor’s mane, he asks him to keep still as his hands are a bit shaky. Thor is entirely unhappy about the whole situation, and later refers to him as a “creepy old man“. Bit rude.
Quite simply, no one else could have played this character in the same way: the Grandmaster is Jeff Goldblum. He’s wacky, off-the-wall, understated yet OTT, all at the same time. In the plot, he’s not a good guy, but he’s so hilarious that you end up thinking he’s brilliant anyway. Goldblum is a hugely talented actor, and when a role like this comes along, we’re all reminded what makes him so utterly watchable.
We knew this was coming, of course, but it’s still a fantastically fun scene. Thor enters the arena for the contest of champions, not knowing what he’s about to come up against. It is, of course, the Hulk, and Thor is ecstatic to see him. However, Hulk has been Hulk for 2 years, and reasoning, sanity, and any trace of Bruce Banner seems to have left him. He throws Thor around like a ragdoll and even Thor’s desperate “sun’s going down, big guy” has no effect. But while Thor is getting a beating, Loki is absolutely thrilled. “That’s what that feels like!” he yells, and he should know… Hulk used exactly the same moves on him in The Avengers.
Loki and Thor might have their moments (or several of them) but they are, of course, brothers. It seems only natural, then, that they should come up with a few sibling tricks; although we’re not sure any are quite as brilliant as “Get Help”. Thor suggests this while springing the Grandmaster’s palace, but Loki is reluctant. In fact, he begs Thor not to do it, but his brother insists. And what is “Get Help”? It involves Thor pretending that Loki is in danger, and has fainted. Dragging his body, he calls to the guards to “get help!” then promptly throws Loki at them, distracting them long enough for both to overpower them.
As the battle for Asgard escalates, Bruce Banner realizes that the only way to stop Fenris Wolf from savaging the Asgardians, is to jump from Valkyrie’s aircraft and land as the Hulk. That doesn’t quite go to plan: he landed as Banner in a massive facepalm that must’ve hurt for days to come. He did transform, and he was awesome in battle, but it was a little too late for the scientist. Of course, maybe we should have seen this coming – the same thing happened in The Incredible Hulk.
Miek is Korg’s pet, and during the battle for Asgard, the massive rock monster, unfortunately, steps on and kills him. We’re only made aware of this when Korg explains that he’s carrying Miek’s corpse around out of guilt at the very end of the film. That’s funny enough, but then Miek then moves and it’s revealed that he is, in fact, alive. A perfect scene to come at the end of a brilliant movie.