The latest Thor flick is honestly better than I imagined it would be. I'm totally over Marvel movies and no longer track their release dates so the third Thor installation kind of snuck up on me (probably because Marvel still hasn't released a solo movie for any of their female superheroes - though I am anticipating Captain Marvel). Ragnarok was surprisingly funny with tons of quips and lighthearted moments. Much more Guardians of the Galaxy and less Captain America. They even took a page out of Guardians book in the way they paired classic Led Zeppelin with high-energy fight scenes.
Though there are only two main ladies in Ragnarok they are both pretty badass. Cate Blanchett plays Thor's long-lost sister Hela who was taught how to conquer worlds and then was cast aside by Odin when she was too good at it. She's completely vindictive and evil but honestly 100% justified in my opinion. Who tosses their daughter aside because of her lucrative savagery? Odin fucked up and he knows it. Tessa Thompson plays a jaded Asgardian who begrudgingly teams up with Thor to get revenge on Hela . She was once a member of an ALL GIRLS FIGHTING SQUAD called the Valkyrie that battled it out with Hela when she first started getting out of control. A touching flashback reveals Hela killing the Valkyrie's companion (sister, friend, lover?) in battle and the sight of a badass gang of girl fighters riding on winged steads made me want to pitch their spin off to Marvel immediately.
Both gals are super cool and fun to watch so the mandatory Marvel battles are just gratuitous visual stimulation - though I will say the carnage in Ragnarok is toned down compared to other recent superhero movies. All in all it is a very entertaining watch and worth your time (it's a well-paced 2h 10m) Now if Marvel could just take their badass supporting females and give them movies and storylines of their own...