If you to catch Thor: Ragnarok when it opens this weekend and happen to feel like you’ve just time-traveled back to the 80’s, don’t worry: it’s intentional. The film’s director, Taika Waititi openly admitted in an interview with Screen Rant that he drew inspiration from the 1980’s cult classic film Flash Gordon.
Loosely based on the comic strip of the same name, Flash Gordon tells the story of a popular football player who due to a few mishaps finds himself on the planet Mongo, fighting alongside friends in order to defeat the tyrant Ming the Merciless and save the Earth. Though not what most would consider a financial success overall, the film is still loved and appreciated by many, including Waititi:
“I think Flash Gordon is one of the biggest [inspirations for Thor: Ragnarok]… You know, the tone and the colors, definitely the colors sort of how bright and in your face that film is. The soundtrack as well, sort of got similar feels to it. That film was actually the only film I ended up showing the H.O.D.s before we started shooting . Then, what else did we have? Other films I looked at early on were Big Trouble in Little China.”
Waititi has even stated that in a perfect world, legendary rock group Queen would have composed the soundtrack for Thor: Ragnarok just as they did for Flash Gordon, but unfortunately, the timeline where that is possible is not the one we currently reside in.
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Thor: Ragnarok will fight its way into theaters on November 3rd.