Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone off without a hitch. Every single blockbuster so far has been a critical and financial success, while also challenging the beloved universe of characters narratively. This latter can be seen in Thor: Ragnarok, which turned the franchise on its head and brought the title character to new worlds, figuratively and literally. Netflix has always written its own descriptions for movies once they arrive, which range from witty to bizarre. But whoever gets to write them for the Marvel blockbusters is someone special, as Netflix has a hilarious and brief synopsis for Ragnarok. Check it out.
Seriously, bravo. In just two short sentence, Netflix manages to throw in two solid Thor puns, while also accurately explaining what Thor: Ragnarok is about. The threequel challenges its title characters in a variety of ways, allowing the beloved Avenger to rise above his family and home into newfound power.
Thor: Ragnarok's Netflix description is pretty spot on, even without the thunderous puns. After failing to find any Infinity Stones, Thor returns to Asgard to find it in poor condition. Odin perishes, and his long lost sister Hela arrives to take over their home, by any force necessary. Ragnarok also brings him to Sakaar, allowing him to reunite with Bruce Banner and find new allies Valkyrie and Korg. The description makes an explicit reference to his hammer, which is destroyed early in the film's run.
While Netflix (opens in new tab) has plenty of fantastic original content, it's not quite synonymous with new movie releases nowadays. But the streaming service does have access to some of Disney's biggest franchises, including the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars. These blockbusters are massively popular and often pirated, so subscribers being able to stream them via Netflix is a major selling point.
Luckily, Netflix didn't give Thor: Ragnarok all the synopsis love. The description for Marvel's Doctor Strange is similarly punny, albeit slightly less hilarious. It reads:
Not too shabby. While Netflix subscribers would stream Marvel movies regardless of their synopsis, it's fun to get an extra chuckle from the streaming service. With Disney developing its own streaming platform, it's unclear how much longer movies like Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi will remain on Netflix. Those blockbusters could help get users to pay for yet another streaming option, as well as the original content that will be coming.
You can catch Thor: Ragnarok, complete with a snappy little description, right now on Netflix. The next installment in the MCU isAnt-Man and The Wasp, which will arrive on July 6th. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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