According to Loki actor Tom Hiddleston, the best joke in director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok was made up on the spot. The “Get help!” joke was a brilliant bit of physical comedy in which Thor and Loki trick evil guards on the planet Sakaar into thinking Loki was injured, followed by Thor throwing his brother at the guards.
His quote came from a long-form panel at an ACE Comic-Con panel with Elizabeth Olson, where he discussed the inception of the gag, which came from Hiddleston and co-star Chris Hemsworth on the day of shooting.
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“I think that the one that’s kind of had its own life after the film is ‘Get help!’” Hiddleston said. “We literally just came up with it on the day. As something, this idea that this is a trick that Thor and Loki used to, you know, they used to use it as a game when they were kids and they stopped doing it a long time ago but it used to work and it might just work this time. They got one last ace up their sleeve. And the idea that Loki hated it, and just was like, ‘I don’t want to do it. It’s humiliating. And that Thor was like, ‘You’re going to love it! Come on!’ in a big brother way. And then it works. In that moment, I always love the fact that it wasn’t just a funny moment, but actually, you understand something deeper about them as brothers, and I think those moments are really special.”
The “Get help!” moment in Ragnarok is a favorite of many fans, as it embodies just what made the film stand out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Waititi has a history of making comedic films that feel free-flowing and improvisational, which runs perpendicular to Marvel’s typical brand of snappy dialogue and perfectly structured scripts.
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Even though the actors collaborated with Waititi to create these antics on the fly, it is worked back into the film at a later moment in a surprisingly emotional moment. This is what makes Thor: Ragnarok stand apart from not just the previous Thor films, but most superhero movies in general — the tone veers far closer to an irreverent, low-budget comedy, so much so that the fight scenes almost come as a surprise.
It makes perfect sense for this scene to mean so much to Hiddleston, and fans as well, because it represents just what everyone loves about the movie.