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Thor: Ragnarok’s extravagant costuming recaptures the joy of '80s superheroes

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Director Taika Waititi has promised a bright and “out there” take on the Thor mythology with his next feature, Thor: Ragnarok. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have our first look at the actors in their roles. Waititi appears to be delivering on his promise. The film already looks like an homage to the weird worlds of Buckaroo Banzai, Flash Gordon, and other classic examples of ‘80s sci-fi.

Waititi has said Ragnarok will strike a more comedic tone than previous entries in the Thor franchise. It’s tough to tell without footage, but the wild photos suggest the characters will be having way more fun than anyone had in the comparatively drab Captain America: Civil War or the appropriately titled Thor: The Dark World. I mean, just look at Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster:

Here’s Cate Blanchett as Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death, looking like she’s ready to join a The Cure cover band and eat someone’s face live on stage:

And here’s Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, hanging out with a few extras from Kamen Rider:

At the very least, Ragnarok appears to be more visually striking and, dare I say it, fun than just about any other Marvel movie before it. Maybe the costuming and make-up will win the film an Oscar. I mean, Suicide Squad won one. Stranger things have happened.