The Marvel machine is always a-whirring, so with Black Panther just behind us and Avengers: Infinity War on the horizon, last year’s Thor: Ragnarok is finally making its way into homes. Taika Waititi‘s sequel picks up with the God of Thunder (who sat out Civil War) after the events of Age of Ultron, when he heads back to Asgard on the eve of the apocalyptic event known as Ragnarok. The film also takes us on a trip around the galaxy to Sakaar, the intergalactic dumping grounds where we meet Tessa Thompson‘s Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum‘s Grandmaster, and reunite with Mark Ruffalo‘s Hulk. It’s an eccentric, colorful sci-fi adventure that plays like a Saturday morning cartoon come to life, and the whole delightful affair is now available on home video.
Marvel’s Blu-ray releases are always stacked and Ragnarok is no different, packing a whole host of bonus features. There are deleted and extended scenes, an extra goofy gag reel, plenty of featurettes on everything from the ferocious women of Ragnarok to creating Sakaar, and some retro 8bit recreations of the film’s climactic action scenes. You’ve also got the latest Team Thor short, Team Darryl, which picks up with Thor’s unassuming Aussie roommate after the events of Ragnarok, when the Grandmaster answers Darry’s “Roommate Needed” ad. But the best part of any good home video package is an engaging and informative commentary, so how does Ragnarok‘s stack up?
You probably have a pretty good idea what you’re going to get from a Waititi commentary — a bit of insight into his filmmaking process, a regular stream of jokes, and a whole lot of silliness. In that regard, the Thor: Ragnarok commentary certainly delivers. Waititi is entertaining as ever, alternating between insightful inside information on crafting the film’s key elements, ridiculous bits of humor, and entertaining memories from the set. What becomes most evident, however, is how implicitly and thoroughly Waititi put his personal stamp on Ragnarok, from the casting of the smallest bit actors down to details like the names of the spacecraft throughout the film, the filmmaker created a Marvel blockbuster that’s a zany, laugh-a-minute celebration of New Zealand culture. There are also a couple visits from his daughter that are borderline to adorable to survive.
The other thing about a Taika Waititi commentary is you can never know 100% for sure if what he’s saying is true. In between his facts and anecdotes, Waititi is always throwing in some unfiltered silliness. I’ve done my best to differentiate between the two in the list below, but this is also the guy who admits he straight up lied about the film’s runtime pretty much for shits and giggles (jump to about the 33: 00-minute mark here for the receipts), so lord help us all. That said, here are 32 things I’m pretty sure I learned from the Thor: Ragnarok commentary.