'Thor: Ragnarok' Will Draw Inspiration from 'Big Trouble in Little China'

Friday, 10 March 2017 - 8:55PM
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Thor: Ragnarok
Friday, 10 March 2017 - 8:55PM
'Thor: Ragnarok' Will Draw Inspiration from 'Big Trouble in Little China'
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Thor: Ragnarok will not be a comedy, assures director Taika Waititi, despite his background of witty comedies like What We Do in the Shadows. But it will still have humor, much like another film he draws comparisons to, the non-comedy (but still very entertaining) Big Trouble in Little China.

In an interview with EW, a couple days after they premiered the first look at the film, Waititi explains that Thor: Ragnarok will follow a lighter plot involving the titular Thor and Bruce Banner on a "kind of road trip journey," after Cate Blanchett's villainous Hela sends Thor hurtling to the planet Sakaar. In terms of tone, the movie was pitched as something similar to John Carpenter's 1986 cult film, Big Trouble in Little China, which followed everyman Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) as he battled demons and searched for his beloved truck in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Waititi clarifies, seeing Russell's character as something to emulate with Thor, since they're both a tad buffoonish in their own ways:
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"Big Trouble in Little China was one of those films where Jack Burton is a buffoon but he's lovable and you're with him the entire way. I thought Thor has got to be the one you want to be with in every scene."
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The film's humor will mostly come from stars Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo, who both have solid comedic timing that'd be easy to exploit with the cosmic "road trip" direction the movie is taking. Waititi mentions that the elder Hemsworth brother is painfully underutilized in the comedy department, calling him "one of the funniest things in this film." Of course, anyone who's seen him in the short films about Thor and his roommate already know this.

The comparison to Little China also reinforces the notion that Thor: Ragnarok will look like a 70s/80s retro sci-fi fantasy. Not that there aren't serious contenders for this title, but it's difficult to get more 80s than Big Trouble in Little China, which contained all the fun cheesiness that defined action movies throughout the decade.


Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3, 2017.
 
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