By Christian Hollis, Editor-in-Chief
The case for “Thor: Ragnarok”
“Thor: Ragnarok” is a huge turning point for the Thor series. Ragnarok has it all; the visuals, amazing CGI, comedy, more homage to the origins of Norse mythology and the story overall just feels the best it’s ever been.
Thor’s “upgrade” is the perfect addition leading up to Infinity War, especially when it never made sense he couldn’t control his god powers before. His upgrade was long overdue, and the writers dealt with this aspect of the story well.
The characters were fleshed out much more than ever before and the most interesting they have ever been. Thor has become a more dynamic character, and he finally feels like he has a personality, which he always seemed to have that potential.
The case for “Guardians of the Galaxy”
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” opened up the pathway for so many more MCU films. With a much more cosmic setting, this film introduces some of the most oddball characters yet, those being a kidnapped, music loving Earth-ling Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, adopted daughter of the mad Titan Thanos Gamora, a talking racoon named Rocket, Drax the Destroyer and a thieving walking tree that constantly reminds you his name is Groot.
One of the greatest things about “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the soundtrack that comes from Peter Quill’s Walkman. Quill’s Walkman is the only thing that he has left from when he was abducted from Earth as a boy.
The Guardians go against Ronan the Accuser who is searching for an orb that contains an infinity stone. The film becomes a chase film with Ronan going after the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Winner: “Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel took a major risk with “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The movie was the first cosmic setting movie in the MCU. At the time, the casual audience had no connection to any of the guardians. The utter uniqueness and the ability to create relationships to five characters in just one movie is an unprecedented feat in the MCU.
Guardians also helped build up Thanos by including him into the actual story instead of a small cameo. In contrast, the only major build up to the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War” is the post credit scene.
It is also important to recognize that if it were not for “Guardians of the Galaxy”, Marvel Studios would not have made a comedic, cosmic-setting risk with “Thor: Ragnarok.”