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Thor: Ragnarok

Finally saw Thor: Ragnarok. It’s as fun as they say; after the Civil War trainwreck the Thor franchise may be my favorite part of the MCU.

My two major criticisms are┬áBanner using a racial slur as a punchline (super jarring in a movie about the consequences of empire and powerful white man-analogs imposing their will on marginalized people), and it’s weird that Asgardian Elite Forces ™ designed boob-plate armor.

On the positive side, the script explicitly acknowledges that Loki is a horrible being who has done (and will do) horrible things, despite Tom Hiddleston’s incredible charm. Cate Blanchett is a delight – imagine if Thor and Loki made a baby. Tessa Thompson is a wonderful addition to the franchise. In this movie, Thor has lots of plot but not much of a character arc compared to Valkyrie, Hulk, and Skurge. Thor has the best lines (well, most), but from a lit analysis point of view he’s working as an antagonist in other characters’ stories.

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