Yesterday Entertainment Weekly revealed the first images from the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. The characters are definitely more colorful, like everyone is participating in an Asgardian color run. I’m excited for Thor: Ragnarok, mostly because its director Taika Waititi directed one of my favorite movies of the past few years, What We Do In The Shadows.
One of the biggest differences for Thor: Ragnarok is Thor’s new do. Instead of his long flowing locks, Thor is rocking a spiky little number atop his head. From other set images it appears as though Thor starts with long hair and then has it cut, perhaps by those who force him to battle the Hulk.
These new images spawned some conversation in The Octagon, the official Slack group for The Christian Nerd (if you’d like to join please email me). A few members in the group suggested that Thor was going the way of Samson, perhaps losing his strength with his hair. That conversation got me thinking about what would happen if Samson crossed over with Thor: Ragnarok.
- Samson is Thor: Obviously Samson and Thor are the same person. They have similar character arcs in that they’re both arrogant and brash warriors. Both of them sacrifice themselves, but Samson didn’t have Mjölnir to bring him back to life. Thor left his arrogance behind; perhaps Samson would have done the same thing.
- Delilah is Hela: I don’t know much about Hela’s role in Thor: Ragnarok, but Cate Blanchett looks amazing as the queen of the underworld. Delilah was definitely the villain in Samson’s story and she took advantage of Samson’s stupidity and libido. I don’t know if Hela will defeat Thor in the same manner, but she looks a lot cooler than Malekith.
- The riddles are Loki: For a muscle-bound jock, Samson really did like his riddles. I don’t like riddles and their mischievous wordplay. I could see Loki as the embodiment of Samson’s riddles. He could be like Dora’s map, tagging along with Samson wherever he goes. Every story needs a wisecracking sidekick and Loki as a riddle book would totally fill that role.
- The lion is Hulk: Thor: Ragnarok has promised us a little bit of Planet Hulk, a comic run I plan on reading once I finish with Carol Danvers’ run as Ms. Marvel. I don’t really know anything about Planet Hulk, but I can’t wait to see Thor fight the Hulk in some sort of gladiator event. Samson ripped the head off of the lion; I definitely hope it doesn’t go that poorly for Hulk.
I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe so I would be excited for Thor: Ragnarok no matter what. With Waititi at the helm, though, Ragnarok looks like it’s going to give us a different kind of Thor movie. Hopefully this new Thor will resonate with audiences and give us a fresh look at the god of thunder.
What other Bible stories could you mix with the MCU?