The first "Thor: Ragnarok" teaser trailer just amped up Marvel fans' expectations for the superhero's third solo adventure, thanks in large part to the Hulk, Loki, a new badass nemesis played by gothic Cate Blanchett, and a more humorous tone that is being compared to "Guardians of the Galaxy."
Fan reactions poured in Monday morning after the new trailer premiered, instantly sending the movie to the top of the trend charts on Twitter and Facebook.
The #ThorRagnarok trailer just blew my mind.— MeAndNintendo (@MeAndNintendo) April 10, 2017
I've long suspected #ThorRagnarok could be ace. This new trailer has me even more convinced.— A J. Black (@blackholemedia) April 10, 2017
"Ragnarok," which also stars franchise newcomer Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, follows Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on an unwanted journey across the universe to a distant planet he's in a race against time to escape from so he can save his own planet from destruction.
Sure, there are the inevitable haters out there, but complaints are few and far between as reactions pop up. Here are five reasons fans are super stoked for more Thor.
1. Thor vs His 'Friend From Work'
"Yes! We know each other! He's a friend from work!"— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) April 10, 2017
OK, I'm all in already. #ThorRagnarok
I tip my hat to #ThorRagnarok for doing a little colaboration with a Planet Hulk kind of plotline.— Danny Foster (@ItsSirGunman) April 10, 2017
Fans have long suspected "Thor: Ragnarok" would pull from Marvel Comics' "Planet Hulk" storyline and that Mark Ruffalo's character would appear, and the big reveal did not disappoint. Thor is forced into a gladiator arena to do battle and out comes his fellow Avengers teammate Hulk, which delights the God of Thunder.
"Yes!" Hemsworth's character exclaims. "We know each other. He's a friend from work."
But that doesn't seem to stop the Hulk from doing what the Hulk does best: smash.
2. 'Ragnarok' Looks Like More Fun Than 'Dark World'
As expected, #ThorRagnarok looks like an absolute blast. Without question my most anticipated Marvel movie of the year.— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) April 10, 2017
"Thor: The Dark World" was, well, pretty dark in contrast to the brighter and more humorous tone director Taika Waititi ("What We Do in the Shadows") has taken the franchise and fans are already grateful, comparing the vibe to another Marvel powerhouse franchise "Guardians of the Galaxy."
3. Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett though 😍😍#ThorRagnarok— Yo (@Man_Utd234) April 10, 2017
I'm honestly just watching #ThorRagnarok because Cate Blanchett is in it.— Raphael Ort (@fikillo) April 10, 2017
Maybe now Twitter will finally understand why the Oscar-winning actress has been haunting Val Kilmer's dreams -- she's a scene stealer as soon as she walks into frame.
Blanchett is sporting black gothic hair and shredded spandex to play new villain Hela, who wreaks havoc on Thor's home planet Asgard and effortlessly destroy's the hero's signature hammer. Since this is a superhero movie, we're pretty confident Thor will figure out how to thwart her evil plans, but the trailer at least lets us know it will be one hell of a fight.
4. Loki Is Back
Thor's mischievous half-brother, played by Tom Hiddleston, also seems to have a prominent role, which is teased by a dramatic shot of him walking toward camera while tossing some knives -- a gift to GIF creators. He's also seen watching Thor's gladiator match against Hulk, and given the siblings' troubled history, Loki is probably loving every second of it.
"Thor: Ragnarok" hits theaters on Nov. 3 this year.