“I am Loki of Asgard and I am burdened with glorious purpose.”
Leave it to the Incredible Hulk to undercut Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief, who was reduced to a quivering husk at the tail-end of Avengers. Turns out that memory (“puny god!”) continues to haunt Loki, as evidenced by today’s all-new TV spot for Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok in which Hiddleston’s anti-hero lays eyes on Hulk for the first time since New York.
Housed up on Sakaar alongside Jeff Goldblum’s wonderfully eccentric Grandmaster, Loki is set to feature quite prominently when Ragnarok rolls into theaters next month, and though much of the film’s marketing campaign has focused on championing the so-called Revengers, it seems Hiddleston’s MCU stalwart will need some convincing before he stands alongside Bruce Banner’s towering alter-ego. “No team, only Hulk!”
To coincide with the reveal, Marvel has also shared an insightful Thor: Ragnarok featurette (above), which is designed to outline the ways in which Taika Waititi is injecting some technicolor fun into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fresh off his acclaimed work on What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt For the Wilderpeople, Waititi is another example of Marvel siding with a relatively niche director to helm a big-budget blockbuster, but after being crowned as fall’s most-anticipated movie – ahead of Justice League, no less – all signs point to Ragnarok becoming yet another slam dunk for Taika Waititi and Marvel Studios.
It’ll help pave the groundwork for Avengers: Infinity War, too, after the film’s SDCC trailer revealed a rather wonderful exchange between the Guardians of the Galaxy and Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder. Expect further details on that crossover to be included in Ragnarok.