‘Thor: Ragnarok’: Japanese Title Teases A Big Battle

Thor RagnarokWith the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming now behind them, Marvel Studios can now turn their focus to their next big release. Thor: Ragnarok, the third chapter in the Thunder God saga, is expected to dig in even deeper to the Norse mythology fans have come to expect from the series.

Thanks to an Instagram post from Marvel Comics writer C.B. Cebulski, it has been revealed that the title for Ragnarok has been adapted for Japanese audiences. The film will be released there as Mighty Thor: Battle Royale, as in Japan ‘Ragnarok’ is an unfamiliar term. You can check out the post from Cebulski below.

This change in title internationally might just be a clue as to what fans can expect from this installment. Given the meaning of ‘Ragnarok’ which is a series of future events in Norse Mythology, taken with the ‘Battle Royale’ change, suggests an exciting action centerpiece for the film.

Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. Here’s the official synopsis:

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok“, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladictorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!

Thor: Ragnarok is set for release on November 3, 2017 in both the United States and Japan.

Source: C.B. Cebulski

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This past Friday, after previously seeing the first poster for Black Panther, the main event came later that night. While we watched the NBA Finals, hoping to see the Warrior sweep the Cavs (Lebron wasn’t having any of that), fans were treated to the teaser trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther. Shortly afterward, the trailer was released online for everyone’s consumption.

Pretty much for the next 24 hours, the teaser has been endlessly viewed and talked about on social media as well as in person. The trailer was incredibly exciting, fun, fresh, and everything fans of the character have hoped for ever since he was first introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War. We got to see T’challa, the Dora Milaje, and countless other goodies to introduce us to the world of Wakanda. The movie, with a 90% African/African American cast, will be a superhero first and give audiences something completely brand new. Hardcore fans and newbies alike were very excited for what’s in store for the new film, so let’s take a deeper look.

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  • Maxi Iroh

    Technically, Ragnarok is also a word most people in America are unfamiliar with.

  • Peter James

    The reason for the change is not because the word is unfamiliar in Japanese culture (it’s likewise widely unfamiliar in the West outside those with knowledge of Norse mythology and/or comic-book fans).

    The reason for the change is because it’s a difficult word for Japanese people to pronounce (for obvious reasons) and would hence make it difficult to market and sell the movie.

    It’s not rocket surgery.

    Linking it instead to ‘Battle Royale’ – an already familiar and popular term in Japanese pop-culture – is a smart move while still retaining some sense of the meaning and what the movie is about.