Chris Hemsworth spent his time in between Avengers: Age of Ultron and Thor: Ragnarok proving that he is a comedy powerhouse, by starring in movies like Vacation and Ghostbusters. He's also shown that he can bring the funny to his own superhero franchise, with the Taika Waititi-directed Team Thor clips. Waititi has said that Ragnarok will take full advantage of these newly found skills, using them to lighten up what can be an overly serious set of films in a way that might be reminiscent of Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark.
Waititi says that he aims to have the audience leaving the theater with "a sense of joy" — according to Tom Hiddleston, Ragnarok will achieve this by showing off the funniest side of Thor yet. While this has made many fans nervous about the movie veering too far into laughs, Waititi promises it's "not really a comedy," but that it just occasionally works with a comedic tone. "I think sometimes people mistake a tonal shift as 'We're just going to make some ridiculous broad comedy where no one gives a s*** what happens and everyone gets stoned and sits around talking about saving the universe,'" Waititi told Entertainment Weekly. "We want people to care what happens and care that the hero succeeds. I think tonally it's like a slight shift. I don't feel nervous— I feel good about it."
Ragnarok is sure to include all the angst and drama that you'd expect of a superhero film but, with the up-and-coming director at the helm, the movie may be able to move away from the drabness of the other Thor movies, and get closer to that perfect balance that made the Iron Man movies some of the most popular in the MCU.