Thor is one of the most popular Avengers, but he doesn't have the best critical track record when it comes to his solo films. His first and second standalone adventures were far from fan-favorites, so people weren't sure of what to expect from Thor: Ragnarok, the closing chapter in the hero's trilogy. There was a lot of pressure on director Taika Waitit to deliver and finally put the God of Thunder on the same critical level as Captain America and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Thankfully, the quirky (and frankly hilarious) director didn't disappoint us. Some lucky journalists have already gotten the chance to see the film, and the reviews so far have been stellar. People are calling Ragnarok one of #Marvel's funniest projects yet. Overall, it reinforced the hero as a worthy character to base an entire movie around.
Fortunately for #Thor, that good reception has paid off, big time...
'Thor: Ragnarok' Has Beaten 'Iron Man' With Critics For A New Marvel Record
With 81 reviews counted (79 being "fresh," the other two being "rotten"), #TaikaWaitit's zany superhero tale is officially rated "fresh" with a 98 percent score. What does that mean? Ragnarok is a critical hit that managed to surpass the film that kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jon Favreau's Iron Man, which currently has a 94 percent rating. Surpassing the very movie that Thor's franchise eventually spun off of is nothing to scoff at.
- The Incredible Hulk: 67 percent
- Iron Man 2: 73 percent
- Thor: 77 percent
- Captain America: The First Avenger: 80 percent
- The Avengers: 92 percent
- Iron Man 3: 79 percent
- Thor: The Dark World: 66 percent
- Captain America: The Winter Solider: 89 percent
- Guardians of the Galaxy: 91 percent
- Avengers: Age of Ultron: 75 percent
- Ant-Man: 82 percent
- Captain America: Civil War: 90 percent
- Doctor Strange: 89 percent
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: 82 percent
- Spider-Man: Homecoming: 92 percent
That's right, my fellow geeks, Thor: Ragnarok is also officially the highest-rated MCU movie so far. Out of 17 films in the franchise, that's a pretty respectable achievement. Hmm, I have a feeling that Bruce Banner and Thor are really happy right now.
What's Next For Thor After 'Ragnarok'?
Now that Thor's a hit critical success, fans are probably wondering whether the hero will get a fourth solo movie. Unfortunately, that's a complicated topic to address without a whole lot of speculation. Marvel is clearly moving away from the MCU's original characters (such as Thor, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark) as a way to give the franchise a new spin for Phase 4, especially with the contracts for its main actors ending after Avengers 4.
With that said, a fourth Thor film isn't out of the question. Ragnarok's reception is extremely positive, which will probably help its chances at the box office and increase the character's popularity among the general public. With that in mind, if everything goes great for our musclebound hero, I wouldn't be surprised by Marvel giving him another movie.
Even though that matter is unclear right now, there's one thing we know for sure: The God of Thunder isn't staying away from the big screen for long. Next year, he'll appear in Infinity War to help his fellow Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy protect the universe from Thanos. After that, he'll pop up in Avengers 4 in an undisclosed role.
Either way, even though there are no current plans for a fourth Thor solo outing, it's great to see that the character got to close out his trilogy with a bang. Thor: Ragnarok will make a thunderous superhero landing in theaters on November 3, 2017.
How do you feel about Thor: Ragnarok surpassing Iron Man on Rotten Tomatoes? Let me know in the comments!