There is a lot to love about Thor: Ragnarok – just to name a few things: the performances, offbeat humor and the Waititi-ness of it all. But the greatest of these is Waititi, the Kiwi filmmaker that the rest of the world has come to know and love. His oddball humor was the perfect balm for Marvel fans who felt stung by the previous mediocre Thor films, and it added just the right amount of zing to elevate Ragnarok over the previous films. For those who have yet to see it, Thor is cast out of Asgard by Hela, the God of Death, and reunites with the Hulk on an alien planet. Thor, Hulk and Loki have to join forces to get back to Asgard to defeat Hela and prevent Ragnarok, a sort of Asgardian apocalypse.
With the DVD/Blu-ray release just around the corner, io9 has just released Waititi’s very funny introduction to the home release of Thor: Ragnarok. In the video, Waititi introduces himself and discusses why he created Thor: Ragnarok, citing “kudos and followers on Twitter.” He briefly glances over achieving his dreams of becoming a filmmaker (or achieving other people’s dreams), and his parents lamenting the fact that he’s not J.J. Abrams. But his apt description of Thor: Ragnarok is the real gold here: “What I really wanted to do with Thor was capture the essence of Peter Pan, with a little of Terminator 2, a dash of Independence Day, a smidgen of On Golden Pond, with the kind of tone of Beaches, mixed in with My Fair Lady. So I think we’ve achieved that.”
This is only one of the special features on the forthcoming release. Among the litany of deleted scenes, extended scenes, and gag reels, we will also see the return of Darryl. Darryl was Thor’s roommate during his downtime around the events of Captain America: Civil War, which gave us a delicious little taste of what was to come out of Ragnarok. The new one-shot will also star Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, who takes Thor’s place as Darryl’s roommate. We will also see a feature on where everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now, in addition to a piece on the female characters of Ragnarok, Hela and Valkyrie, which discusses their importance to the MCU. Digital purchases come exclusively with additional deleted scenes and an exploration into the origins the bromance between Thor and Hulk.
It’s just this kind of irreverent, strange humor that is finally bringing some recognition to Waititi’s work. Before boarding his rocket to stardom, Waititi worked on a number of critically acclaimed indie films like Eagle vs Shark, Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows, which is about to have a couple of spinoffs. He’s also known for his work on Flight of the Conchords, and even appears in one of the episodes. His sense of humor is just the rejuvenation that Marvel needed, and while Ragnarok wasn’t wholly and uniquely a Waititi film, it’s a huge step in the right direction.
Thor: Ragnarok will be available digitally on February 20 and physical Blu-ray on March 6.
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