4. Thor Ragnarok (2017)

Taika Wattiti is a visionary director, but it was a little curious when Marvel hired him to direct Thor Ragnarok. It was clear that Marvel would need to go in a different direction with Thor if they wanted to continue featuring him in solo movies after the utter cluster fuck that was Thor: The Dark World, I just don’t think anyone expected them to lean on a comedy director to course correct. It’s a good thing they did because Thor Ragnarok is one of Marvel’s best movies by a long shot. It’s also arguably their funniest. For starters Chris Hemsworth is reinvigorated as Thor in what is easily his best turn as the title character, Tom Hiddelston is as fun as ever to see on screen as Loki, and Mark Ruffalo turns in his most enjoyable outing as Hulk. The newcomers Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster are also an absolute joy to spend time with on screen. We already know we will be seeing a lot more of Valkyrie in the future of the MCU and hopefully they find ways to bring The Grandmater back too as Goldblum is as charming and hysterical as ever as the inept villain. Through and through this is film is just so much fun to watch, it’s funny, visually striking, and it has a great self contained story that also holds big implications for the MCU in new and exiting ways. Other than Into the Spider-Verse, Thor: Ragnarok just might be the MCU film that feels most like a comic book sprung to life.

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