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We're only days away from the domestic release of Thor: Ragnarok, but the film's already proving to be a triumph for the God of Thunder. It's grossed a stunning $107.6 million in its international debut, earned a staggering 95% on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing, and looks set to secure Thor his best ever box office performance.
Now, over on Twitter, Joss Whedon himself has given the film his vote.
Joss Whedon's Opinion
You can practically feel Whedon's joy as you read the tweet. Thrilled with the movie, he declares it "a modern masterpiece," and let's face it — Whedon knows what he's talking about. One of the key architects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first phase, Whedon was responsible for setting the tone and style of the #MCU back when he helmed 2012's The Avengers. There's a strong sense in which Ragnarok follows Whedon's pattern, blending humor and action in what's essentially a superhero comedy.
So Joss Whedon, one of the key figures of the modern superhero genre, has walked out of Ragnarok with a spring in his step. That's sure to delight fans all over the world.
What next for 'Thor: Ragnarok'?
International performance has been strong, all the more interesting given the unusual Tuesday opening night in the important UK market. Its currently the highest non-Bond October debut we've ever seen in the UK, proving this strange strategy hasn't caused any problems for #Marvel's latest blockbuster.
Marvel's always had a habit of releasing films internationally first, and Kevin Feige has previously explained there are two reasons. The first is that this often allows Marvel to tap into bank holidays overseas, and the second is that it also allows the hype to build up for the domestic release. Often, U.S. ads in the week before release will stress how well the film is performing overseas.
That said, is it actually possible for the Ragnarok hype to get any more intense? We've had one of #Marvel's strongest marketing campaigns to date, complimented by rave reviews from fans and critics alike. The international box office figures have been excellent. And even key figures in the superhero community, such as Joss Whedon, are speaking in praise of the movie.