If you're looking to escape to the cinema this weekend, Marvel once again has what looks to be an entertaining option in "Thor: Ragnarok."
The third film in the series following the god played by Chris Hemsworth, "Thor: Ragnarok" is directed by Taika Waititi ("What We Do in the Shadows"). To prep audiences for this latest bonanza, here are a few quick questions I had then answered.
1. What is "Ragnarok"?
In short, the word refers to a Norse myth about the end of the world. It's thought to mean "The Fate of the Gods" or "Twilight of the Gods." Think of it this way: "Ragnarok" means a lot of bad stuff happens. If a hero doesn't succeed, then it's nuclear winter forever. In this case, it probably means that Thor (Hemsworth) will battle a bunch of bad guys. The world will almost end, but Thor is gonna Thor.
2. Why is Hulk in this?
Logical answer: Thor becomes imprisoned in a lethal gladiator contest against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). It's all part of Hela's (Cate Blanchett) quest to destroy Thor's home.
Filmmaker answer: Thor is boring, so we added Hulk.
3. Where does this fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Between "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and the upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War." This answer won't satisfy nerds, leading me to write something more realistic like "between the point in which you convince yourself you care and being indifferent."
4. Is that Jeff Goldblum?
Yeah, he's in this; so is Sam Neill, Samuel L. Jackson, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins. This cast is stacked. Goldblum is grandmaster who pits Hulk against Thor and says stuff like, "Ooh, wow, a contest!" and wiggles his eyebrows.
5. How much money will this make?
Let's keep it at a respectable billion dollars worldwide.
"Thor: Ragnarok" is in theaters everywhere Friday.