Every sports reference in Thor: Ragnarok
“I don’t hang with the Avengers anymore. It all got too corporate.”
It’s Marvel Cinematic Universe Week at SB Nation and across our team brands! We’re using the superior superhero franchise to guide our coverage for this week, as we pass the two-month mark without sports.
Here at Fear the Fin, I’m going to take on a very stupid mission: to watch every film in the MCU and document every reference made to sports throughout. I’m playing a little fast and loose with my definition of “sports reference,” but I’m going to try to avoid making the same jokes more than once in this series. You’ll see what I mean.
That’s 23 films, totaling 50 hours, by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 10 Monday, May 11, because frankly, I want to finish what I started, even if I couldn’t squeeze it all into four days.
I’ll be watching in a chronological order (some films take place around the same time, so it doesn’t matter too much) that is dubbed the “spoiler” version, as post-credit scenes will contain spoilers for movies further along in the timeline, as opposed to release order.
I’ve set up a storystream to help you keep track of each post as they go up — which won’t be on any kind of set schedule, since I’m gonna be putting some weird hours into this thing in order to pull it off. No worries, though — that’s the whole point of having a centralized location. I’d suggest reading them in order, but hey, I’m not your mom.
Reminder that time stamps are approximate, not exact, and may vary based on streaming services.
Definitely a contender for best Marvel film, I can’t deny that Thor: Ragnarok has the absolute best dialogue of the whole thing. Just insanely good writing, paired with performances that make it feel like a comic book come to life.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Director: Taika Waititi, Written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle & Christopher L. Yost
00:35:59: First mention of the Contest of Champions, taking sports back to their Gladiatorial roots.
00:56:39: We get this line from Loki:
“The sport,” being “getting thrown around by the Hulk,” that is.
01:13:06: Thor jumps out of a window, does a little parkour.
01:14:14: Thor’s voice command to fly the quinjet is Point Break, and man, that joke never gets old.
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