Some people might like to remain in the dark when it comes to the movie magic that makes films like Thor: Ragnarok seem so awesome, but honestly the VFX reel for this movie makes it seem a little more impressive. It seems as though the movie received mixed reviews at the box office but for the most part was received with a good amount of positive feedback that allowed it become yet another hit in the MCU’s bid to become the ruling superpower in the comic book industry and the in the movies. So far the DCEU hasn’t really held its own weight when pitted against the MCU, even with the loads of criticisms that have been left at its disposal.
It could have something to do with the effects, the directing, or even the cast that make up the film since quite honestly every film from either camp seems to have stellar actors that know what they’re doing, but somehow the DCEU and the MCU have both flubbed a few movies, the former much more than the latter. The casual fan might think that there’s not much to a superhero movie and in a couple of respects they’d be right. They’re not the richly diverse texts such as those written by certified authors that deal with much more realistic issues, nor are they even the fantastical stories that are written by the likes Graham, King, Koontz, or even the classics such as Shakespeare.
Rather, comic book movies are a strange amalgam of all those things with a lot of fantasy thrown in as extra material to put it over the top. Throughout their history however they’ve been evolving, and Thor is one of the many that has evolved quite a bit throughout his long run. He’s taken on different personas, changed his armor, changed his weapon, and even given over his mantle to a female Thor at one point. But his core character has not changed and his capabilities haven’t really changed, so it’s safe to assume that what is being presented in the movie is what has been shown in the comics for so long. That same haughty, arrogant attitude coupled with the wisdom he’s still learning have conspired to make him this awesome character that’s kind of a pain sometimes.
But the effects in Thor have always had to be something special. He’s a Norse god and as such is gifted with great power that can’t be conveyed simply through acting. The effects that surround him and his world have to be top notch and from the first movie they’ve been great, though the story of the second film suffered so badly that some folks were actually leery of a third. Following Avengers: Age of Ultron however this movie did need to happen, and now that it has it’s going to lead into Avengers: Infinity War.
I can’t even imagine how much time it takes to render each image and to position each graphic so that it will look and act in the manner that it’s supposed to. But the end result is something quite impressive.