When the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok first dropped, there were immediate comparisons to Guardians of the Galaxy. It was hard to miss the point of reference: the pop of colors in the different characters' costumes, the upbeat music, and even that brand of humor that was never really present in the two previous Thor movies.
However, to end speculations, Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige finally cleared the air and revealed whose influence was actually in Thor: Ragnarok. Speaking to Heroic Hollywood, he admitted that director Taika Waititi was a big booming voice in the film:
"Well, I think I would say it's, and as people see more of Ragnarok, it's a Taika tone more than a Guardians tone. He's really adding a very unique point of view to it, but certainly the success of Guardians just boosted our confidence to continue to go in new, fun, weird directions, and I think that led to Doctor Strange and certainly, ultimately, leads to the things we're doing in Infinity War."
Though Waititi was the predominant influencer, the success of other different-toned Marvel movies did let their imaginations run a little wilder. Feige pushed that the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, though not as well-known in their comic phase than the MCU, proved that a good storyline will beat out being the most popular character in comics.
Even a DC fangirl like me would agree: a great storyline beats out an entire lineup of half-baked characters. Yes, even, if we already know their backstories and capabilities since we were kids.
Thor: Ragnarok will be out in theaters on Nov. 3.
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.