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.
me after #ThorRagnarok trailer pic.twitter.com/BQyE9glAg1@brycwdhoward
The #ThorRagnarok trailer just blew my mind.@MeAndNintendo
I've long suspected #ThorRagnarok could be ace. This new trailer has me even more convinced.@blackholemedia
"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.
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1. Thor vs His 'Friend From Work'
Find someone who looks at you the way Thor looks at Hulk. #ThorRagnarok pic.twitter.com/aEc90LTE8I@theonewitheone
"Yes! We know each other! He's a friend from work!"@TVMcGee
OK, I'm all in already. #ThorRagnarok
#ThorRagnarok yesss he is my work friend 😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/2qifK9gJK6@Jiga75
I tip my hat to #ThorRagnarok for doing a little colaboration with a Planet Hulk kind of plotline.@ItsSirGunman
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.
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2. 'Ragnarok' Looks Like More Fun Than 'Dark World'
#ThorRagnarok Teaser Trailer https://t.co/rKsCfevZVR Looks badass & so much fun! Love first Thor, not so much 2nd. Back on track! Cant wait!@TheLukeGosling
I can't believe THAT was the trailer of #ThorRagnarok. Thank god for people like @TaikaWaititi who aren't afraid to re-invent a genre!@nikhil_arora
dang it @twhiddleston killing it as always! also that 'friend from work' seriously made me laugh so hard @chrishemsworth #ThorRagnarok pic.twitter.com/jmp1ad3NPP@VeraSumanta
I'm so glad that @TaikaWaititi is the one to finally utilize @chrishemsworth's amazing comedic talent. #ThorRagnarok@GrahamShein
As expected, #ThorRagnarok looks like an absolute blast. Without question my most anticipated Marvel movie of the year.@arcticninjapaul
"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."
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3. Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett though 😍😍#ThorRagnarok@Man_Utd234
RT if this had you super SHOOK too. #ThorRagnarok pic.twitter.com/luEBgKADOS@thatgeekinside
When you saw Mjolnir get destroyed... #ThorRagnarok pic.twitter.com/8DgSaa5KuW@JamTheMighty
She smashed that hammer real good 🙆💪 #ThorRagnarok pic.twitter.com/5pXI88N4S7@codingcrystal
I'm honestly just watching #ThorRagnarok because Cate Blanchett is in it.@fikillo
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.
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4. Loki Is Back
LOKI IS BACK 🙌 #ThorRagnarok pic.twitter.com/69uakfjz5R@dokkaebi_sinbu
loki could stab me with those knives and I'll thank him #ThorRagnarok pic.twitter.com/xWnAMKAjtT@brendonsexual
THIS IS ART.#ThorRagnarokpic.twitter.com/WdbEL1ue2j@xmenstewart
All ya'll want to see The Hulk & Thor battle in #ThorRagnarok, but I just want to see another battle between The Hulk & Loki :P#rematch pic.twitter.com/yrBOiJnPYM@Amigo_JEP
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.