I like to think Kenneth Branagh, who directed the lighthearted first film, and Chris Hemsworth set the tone, here. But that decision was made higher up, to be sure. Different director, but Marvel had to see that light is what works with Norse gods. Casting Jeff Goldblum as a new heavy kind of gives away the store. But if you, like me, were wondering where on Earth they could have taken Thor in any serious vein, this provides a welcome answer.
Yeah, Doctor Strange will be there, and The Hulk and yes, that’s Cate Blanchett and Karl Urban turns up, too. Bless’em. Bless’em all. Nov. 3.