Thor: Ragnarok’s Japanese title is self-explanatory

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Spider-Man: Homecoming has conquered the box office this past weekend with a $113 million domestic opening. With that said, it’s time to get excited for the next Marvel Studios film, Thor: Ragnarok, when it hits in November. Marvel has been slowly promoting the film with a trailer and posters, and at the present time, it’s prepping up for the global market.

In Japan, the marketing is in high gear with a new poster and a different title. Apparently, the marketing team doesn’t think the Japanese audience will flock to theaters with Ragnarok attached to the title. Instead, it has opted to use another title that’s reminiscent of another popular Japanese film that involves kids killing each other for survival.

Here’s the Japanese title for Thor: Ragnarok

It’s odd to think that just because a country isn’t familiar with a term, marketing would use a different title. Imagine if Ragnarok Online, a Korean MMORPG, was called Battle Royale Online. On second that, that might be a great title.

C.B. Cebulski, who’s the senior vice president of creative and creator development at Marvel, has shared the reasoning behind the Japanese title on Instagram.

“As ‘Ragnarok’ is not a familiar term in Japan, the upcoming movie is being called ‘Mighty Thor: Battle Royale’ here!”

So there you have it, the Japanese title for Thor: Ragnarok is Mighty Thor: Battle Royale.

The title does give a better clue as to what the third Thor movie will be about. In the trailer, we already saw a gladiatorial match between Thor and Hulk, with the film being inspired by the Planet Hulk comic arc.

Examples of other films having different titles in Japan include Fast and Furious as Wild Speed, Pixar’s Up as Grandpa Carl’s Flying House, Ratatouille as Remy’s Delicious RestaurantFerris Bueller’s Day Off as Ferris, Suddenly One Morning, Napoleon Dynamite as Bus Man and Karate Kid as Best Kid.

Thor: Ragnarok, aka Mighty Thor: Battle Royale, hits theaters on November 3, 2017.

Via Moviepilot

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