It’s very easy to look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe and describe it as a colossal success inside and out. But in fact, that’s not exactly true. Sure, no main MCU film has “bombed”, but there’s been challenges with just about every film. Including the most recent one Thor: Ragnarok, which famously/infamously had numerous reshoots, script revisions, and even content additions very late in the game. In fact, you could argue that the Thor line of films has been one of the biggest challenges of the MCU.
If you don’t believe me, believe the original films director Kenneth Branagh, who told Uproxx that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige noted just how difficult this franchise was going to bring to film:
“No question that Kevin Feige used to say to me, “This is the single most difficult tonal challenge for us, to make this movie work in itself and fit into this large universe.” In fact, I think Thor, and in Chris Hemsworth’s performance, becomes an absolutely integral part.”
It’s not hard to see why to be honest. Though Thor is a major part of the Marvel comics lore, it’s easier to depict an Asgardian prince there than in the realm of live-action. Especially since he has a certain dialect that most fans of comics will not he doesn’t have in recent film depictions.
That being said, they worked it out, and Ragnarok was a massive success for the MCU. In fact, check out our review for it!