No one in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has described Thor’s relationship to his hammer, Mjölnir, better than his new, best bumbling buddy, Korg.
Korg, who is voiced by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, is a friend Thor makes upon the god of thunder’s imprisonment on the planet of Sakaar. The clip doesn’t show their first meeting, which takes place after Thor’s unfortunate introduction to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Instead, it picks up sometime after that, when Thor is preparing to enter the gladiator ring and is picking out a weapon.
What’s noticeably different about Waititi’s interpretation of Thor in Raganrok, as demonstrated in the clip above, is the character’s ability to be silly. The scene is built around an elongated, exaggerated joke regarding Thor’s hammer and then ends on a sexual innuendo. Both Hemsworth and Waititi have talked about how the Thor franchise was in desperate need of a major rebranding. At San Diego Comic-Con, Waititi joked multiple times that he viewed Thor as a character that could use a little help to keep from drowning, viewing Hemsworth as a friend in need.
Early reactions to the movie have praised Waititi for taking Ragnarok in a different direction, with some critics calling the film almost parody-like because of the numerous jokes included. Based on the footage we saw at San Diego Comic-Con, that’s not surprising. In the three clips we saw, each contained more jokes than the previous Thor movies combined.
Hemsworth told late night host Jimmy Kimmel that much of Ragnarok was inspired by improvisation and messing around on set that Waititi wanted to include in the movie. The more jokes, both Waititi and Hemsworth have noted in previous interviews, the better.
Thor: Ragnarok will be released on Nov. 3.