Why Idris Elba Liked Ragnarok More Than The First Two Thor Movies

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While it seems that most people who get involved in big superhero franchises love to do it, Idris Elba hasn't always been a huge fan of the work he's needed to do to play Heimdall in the Thor films. However, it seems that his work on the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok was a lot more fun for the actor than the previous entries have been. Elba credits Ragnarok's director has the thing which made this movie more fun to make than the previous ones. According to Elba...

The last one [Ragnarok] was fun. The others weren't fun. They're work. But on this one, Taika [Waititi, the film's director] was great.

Idris Elba pulls few punches when it comes to his thoughts on the movie's that he's in. He once called reshoots on Thor: The Dark World "torture" and can't even keep from taking a swing at the first two Thor movies while praising his experience on the third one to Entertainment Weekly. Still, that means we can certainly take him at his word when he says that he enjoyed himself this time around.

Idris Elba doesn't go into any detail about what director Taika Waititi did that made the filming of Thor: Ragnarok particularly more fun, but it's not too surprising that this was the case. From the moment Waititi took the director's chair of the movie it was clear that this was going to be a very different Thor movie. Once we saw the first trailers we understood just how different Thor: Ragnarok would be, with a stronger emphasis on humor than previous entries have had. It's not hard to see how the director's sense of humor would have permeated the set as a whole, making the shoot itself as much fun as the scenes they were shooting.

Idris Elba isn't the only one who enjoyed Thor: Ragnarok, as the film screened early for many critics and the praise has been quite strong, with many calling it the best Thor movie so far. The rest of us will have to wait nearly a month to confirm those opinions, but considering how widespread they seem to be, there's a good chance that most of us will.

Of course, whether or not the job of making the movie is fun or not doesn't necessarily mean that the movie will be better. We all want our jobs to not feel like work, and sometimes we can do good work while having a good time, and other times we need to buckle down and get through annoying stuff in order to accomplish the task at hand. Either way, we're looking forward to seeing what Thor: Ragnarok has in store when it arrives in theaters November 2.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.