Thor: Ragnarok looks like it’s shaping up to be one of the best installations in the Marvel cinematic Universe.
For the latest solo outing for the character, it looks like Taika Waititi has found a sweet spot of comedy and action that few can master.
However the funniest line in the first trailer wasn’t even created by the writer-director.
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In fact, it wasn’t created by any member of the crew at all, it was actually mastered by a Make-A-Wish child who was visiting the set that day.
In the trailer, we see Thor gearing up to battle an unknown enemy for the pleasure of Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster character.
Luckily for Thor, it’s Hulk, his Avenger companion who has been AWOL since Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Thor lets out an ecstatic ‘Yes!’, before explaining to the crowd:
I know him! He’s a friend from work!
It was a line that instantly became a fan favourite, and Chris Hemsworth told Entertainment Weekly:
We had a young kid, a Make-A-Wish kid on set that day. In between the takes, I was talking with him, going back and forth.
…and he goes, ‘You know, you should say, ‘He’s a friend from work’.
Most of Thor: Ragnarok was actually improvised – an estimated 80 per cent according to the director – so Chris was allowed to run with this line, and behold, a classic Thor moment was born.
For those that don’t know, Thor: Ragnarok’s director Taika Waititi has created two critically acclaimed comedies, What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt For The Wilderpeople.
Hopefully this means we can expect to see a lot more comedy coming from the Asgardian crew.
If you still don’t think you’ll be seeing something completely amazing, here’s another tidbit from Taika Waititi:
Mark Ruffalo would be finished shooting for the day and he’d come up to me and he’d be like, ‘Why have we not been fired yet?
We are doing the most insane stuff in this film, so where’s the phone call?’
Thor: Ragnarok is released in the U.K. on October 27.