A spoiler-filled review of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok.

Does Thor: Ragnarok Have Sufficient Punching to Qualify as a Superhero Film?

Does Thor: Ragnarok Have Sufficient Punching to Qualify as a Superhero Film?

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Nov. 3 2017 1:15 PM

Does Thor: Ragnarok Have Enough Punching to Qualify as a Superhero Film? Three Critics Discuss.

Thor: Ragnarok
Is it still a Marvel movie if it has fewer punches than punchlines?

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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full, spoiler-filled detail. In this episode, Slate movie critic Dana Stevens, Slate senior editor Jonathan Fischer, and Slate Western Kansas bureau chief Dan Kois discuss the latest Marvel film, Thor: Ragnarok, whose director Kois recently profiled for the New York Times Magazine. How does it fit into the wider Marvel mythology? Is it possible for a Marvel movie to be too funny? And is there even sufficient punching so as to qualify as a 2017 superhero film?

Listen to them discuss these and other questions below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore.

Jonathan L. Fischer is a Slate senior editor.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.