RAGNAROK — Behind the scenes, stories from films can oftentimes be fascinating. It’s incredible the amount of work, bodies and collaboration go into making a 90-minute movie.
Movie sets are jam-packed with people from cast and crew as well as visitors, and you never know where a great idea is going to come from. Well, a behind-the-scenes story comes from the cast and director of the upcoming Marvel movie “Thor: Ragnarok,” and it’s possibly the best one I’ve ever heard.
If you’ve seen the latest trailer for “Ragnarok,” you know it isn’t going to be like any other Thor movie or any other Marvel movie for that matter. Director Taika Waititi is known for making hilarious movies that are often ad-libbed.
Waititi wanted a similar feel for “Ragnarok,” and apparently at least 80 percent of the film is improvised. The trailers show off a very funny and odd take on the Asgardian god. While much of the trailers will make you laugh, there is one line, in particular, that may be the funniest line in any Marvel movie to date.
Thor is thrown into an arena and forced to do battle with an unseen foe. When the “enemy” emerges, we see that it’s the Hulk. With this revelation, Thor looks up at Jeff Goldblum’s The Grandmaster and says, “We know each other. He’s a friend from work.”
The line is genius and hilarious, and apparently, it wasn't written by any of the cast or crew. Instead, it was the idea of a child who was visiting the set with Make-A-Wish.
Entertainment Weekly interviewed some of the cast of “Thor: Ragnarok” as well as director Waititi, and star Chris Hemsworth told this story: “We had a young kid. A Make-A-Wish kid on set that day and in between the takes I was talking with him, back and forth,” Hemsworth said in the video interview. He went on to say the child then made a suggestion, “You know you should say, ‘he’s a friend from work.’”
Everyone loved the line so much they decided to roll with it, and it’s the best line in the trailers and quite possibly one of the best in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Thor: Ragnarok” is due in theaters on Nov. 3.