What If THOR: RAGNAROK Were Actually Made in the 1980s?

Ever since the first eye-popping, synth-laden trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel fans have been salivating over the heavy 1980s throwback vibes oozing out of every frame. From the Masters of the Universe-esque logo of the movie to the day-glo glory of the SDCC poster to writer-director Taika Waititi’s assertions that the film will be very “inspired by ’70s / ’80s sci-fi fantasy,” Thor: Ragnarok is shaping up to be a far-out cosmic adventure that evokes the bombastic cinematic aesthetic of the 1980s. But what if Thor: Ragnarok hadn’t been made in 2017? What if this movie was actually a relic from the 1980s that enterprising time travelers digitally remastered and cleaned up for modern audiences?

[brightcove video_id=”5577421699001″ brightcove_account_id=”3653334524001″ brightcove_player_id=”rJs2ZD8x”]Well, lucky for you, we used the Time Stone to travel across the decades and unearth the long-lost, forgotten trailer for the 1987 classic Thor III: Ragnarok. With VHS distortion, “cutting-edge” special effects, and way too much expository voiceover (provided by the incredible Darin De Paul), this trailer is a fascinating look into what could have been–much like Marvel’s own What If? comics back in the day. Now we’re hoping that, much like Logan: Noir, we’ll get a similarly stylized Thor: Ragnarok VHS-ified full-length version too.

Thor: Ragnarok opens on November 3, 2017.

Which version of Thor: Ragnarok would you rather see, the modern one or the retro one? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dan Casey is the senior editor of Nerdist and the author of books about  Star Wars and  the Avengers. Follow him on Twitter ( @DanCasey).

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