You may already know what the word 'Ragnarok' means, but it might be a new word to friends and family. So how do you explain to them the new MCU film, Thor: Ragnarok? Well, you could be honest and say it's the name of the Norse version of the apocalypse - but that's too boring. Why not use one of several excellent fan interpretations, as read aloud by the cast and crew of the movie?
The #WhatsRagnarok hashtag asked fans to give their own definitions of the word, and they did not disappoint. Director Taika Waititi, along with stars Mark Ruffalo and Jeff Goldblum get in on the fun by reading the answers aloud, and each one brings their distinct personality to the table.
For example, Ruffalo is the lovable neighbor who just thinks everyone is so nice and funny and awww, what a nice guy.
#WhatsRagnarok⚡️"Is @TaikaWaititi wearing a pineapple onesie." - @MarkRuffalo pic.twitter.com/1bBYgpCHQ2October 11, 2017
#WhatsRagnarok ⚡️ "Hulk OBVIOUSLY." - @raventheempire pic.twitter.com/dpdMPRM22qOctober 11, 2017
While Taika Waititi is a bit more sarcastic and pointed, like when he tells a hypothetical dog to run away from home. But you can tell it's all in good fun and he's just making a joke.
#whatsragnarok ⚡️ "is a large rock that is used to hold open automatic closing doors at a restaurant" - @synakul pic.twitter.com/neRkEyAsIDOctober 11, 2017
#WhatsRagnarok ⚡️ "It's the name I'm going to give my next dog 😁🐶" - @ShamiDaya pic.twitter.com/x4xHdUB5upOctober 11, 2017
But the real treasure here is Jeff Goldblum, who reads every answer as if it was pure poetry, often getting sidetracked to explain every little piece of the sentence. Here he is explaining how Asgard is "the planet from whence the Odins come"...
#WhatsRagnarok ⚡️"I think it's like the Asgardian version of a Time Out." - @annrudbeck pic.twitter.com/FnSsBHgt8COctober 10, 2017
Here he takes 30 seconds to even get to the answer, first telling the camera that the '86' in a Twitter user's handle can mean 'no'. "Eighty-six usually means, 'Hey, do you have the french fries?' 'No, 86 on the french fries, we don't have them.'"
#WhatsRagnarok "Ragnarok is the rare breed of Rhino that is located in Botswana. 🦏" - @CarlC86 pic.twitter.com/0SqJDvJJD2October 10, 2017
Get you a man who can describe your eyes the way Jeff Goldblum describes Cate Blanchett's:
#WhatsRagnarok ⚡️ "The power Cate Blanchett has over you when she looks you in the eyes." - @JoyPuder pic.twitter.com/c66PVPrerzOctober 10, 2017
In fact, plenty of his readings go well over the 1-minute mark. Here he goes off on a tangent about the Muppets, Jim Henson, and counting his son's sneezes:
#WhatsRagnarok ⚡️ "Ragnarok is the new version of Fraggle Rock. Thor v. Muppets." - @yahwehthegod pic.twitter.com/L50s7B77wdOctober 10, 2017
It's like Uncle Goldblum came over for early Christmas and we're just sitting in a circle in front of the fireplace, listening to him tell stories and teaching him about what 'lmao' means.
#WhatsRagnarok ⚡️ "A tale of rags and rocks? Raggedy rocks? Rocking rags? Lmao" - @mountainives pic.twitter.com/dO7aMx18PROctober 10, 2017
But the absolute best, by far, has to be his reading of the person who said that Ragnarok is "What’ll happen to the fangirls getting to see Loki onscreen again for the first time since The Dark World." As the headline says, you will not be able to un-see Jeff Goldblum's face.
#WhatsRagnarok "What’ll happen to the fangirls getting to see Loki onscreen again for the first time since The Dark World." @AbigailMarie_99 pic.twitter.com/vUG6JG7oRJOctober 10, 2017
Someone give the Thor: Ragnarok casting director a raise.