[SPOILERS for Thor: Ragnarok ahead.]
If you’re looking to save some money this weekend, the cast of Thor: Ragnarok has reenacted the entire film as a low-budget play. Long before Ragnarok director Taika Waititi came along, Thor was a character mired in comedy. From the fish-out-of-water antics of the first Thor film to the characters cartoonish machismo in the Avengers movies, the unbridled power of the God of Thunder has always gone down more smoothly with some self-deprecation. There’s no doubt, however, that Ragnarok takes things to a new level.
With Waititi onboard as the director, the fun of the first Thor returns in Thor: Ragnarok. On top of that, the director has stated that most of the film’s dialogue was improvised by the actors. The result is a movie that stands along with Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man as one of Marvel’s funnier films. Ragnarok also contains a whole lot of Marvel Cinematic Universe easter eggs, including a play that re-enacts Loki’s “death” in Thor: The Dark World and features Matt Damon, Sam Neill, and Luke Hemsworth in the roles of Loki, Odin, and Thor, respectively. Now, the film’s cast have taken things a step further.
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The Late Show with James Cordon gathered together the stars of Thor: Ragnarok last night for a live reenactment of the film – with plenty of embellishments. Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, and Jeff Goldblum all reprised their roles for the ‘4D’ event, along with cardboard props and cheap costumes.
The play is not only a funny (and spoilery) way of experiencing the film, but it provides a bit of meta-commentary in and of itself, considering the similar moment in Ragnarok. It’s not hard to imagine that a much longer version of Loki’s in-movie play could eventually be released as part of the Ragnarok DVD and/or Blu-ray.
Cordon’s so-called ‘4D’ version of the movie, meanwhile, fits perfectly with the film’s aesthetic. From Goldblum channeling both himself and the similar Grandmaster to how the play sends up the film and the MCU at large, it’s actually surprising that Waititi himself had nothing to do with the event.
While the more comedic take on the world of Asgard and the Hulk could have backfired, audiences and critics alike are over the moon for the film. Thor: Ragnarok opened big last night in the U.S., and its global haul will be nearing the half a billion mark by the end of the weekend.
Source: The Late Show with James Cordon