Marvel Studios' latest blockbuster, Thor: Ragnarok, is proving mighty: the Thor threequel became certified fresh on Thursday with a hearty 97% approval from 83 critics, making it Marvel Studios' best-received movie yet.
The Taika Waititi-directed film is Marvel Studios' 17th big screen production and is their ninth consecutive "certified fresh" on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. (2013's Thor: The Dark World is "fresh" with a 66% approval, but doesn't carry the "certified fresh" label — every Marvel Studios film released from 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier onwards boasts the special sticker. The Dark World and The Incredible Hulk are the only Marvel Studios productions not to be certified fresh, and are the only movies produced by the Disney-owned studio with approvals lower than 70%.)
Ragnarok first launched with a perfect 100% last week, before dipping to its current 97% approval as of this writing — an approval that makes the Thor adventure the highest-rated Marvel Studios production yet. Its 97% puts it above Iron Man (94%), Spider-Man: Homecoming (92%), The Avengers (92%), Guardians of the Galaxy (91%) and Captain America: Civil War (90%). The golden haired god's latest showing also puts the Asgardian Avenger well past his last efforts, the aforementioned The Dark World (66%) and his first solo feature (77%).
Reviews are praising the movie as a fun and colorful cosmic adventure, comparing it to another Marvel Studios darling, Guardians of the Galaxy, praising the movie as a daring feat and one that's a "crazy, colorful, ambitious, hilarious ride through the cosmos."
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Anthony Hopkins and Cate Blanchett, Thor: Ragnarok opens November 3.