According to Tom Hiddleston, the best joke in Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok was made on the spot. Yes, we’re talking about the “Get Help” joke here, which sees Thor tricking evil guards on Sakaar into thinking that Loki is injured. He then throws his brother at them to ultimately take them down.
This came out during the panel at ACE Comic Con in Chicago with Elizabeth Olsen, where he discussed the gag which came from Hiddleston at the day of shooting.
“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.”
This moment is a fan favourite, as it somewhat made the film stand out in the MCU. Waititi has made some excellent comedies in the past that are improvisational and free-flowing, which runs perpendicular to Marvel’s snappy dialogues and structured scripts.
Even though both the actors collaborated with Waititi to create these scenes, it is worked back into the film a moment later in an emotional moment. This makes Ragnarok stand apart from not just previous Thor films, but most films in the superhero genre.