If you haven’t seen it yet, you can probably still assume from the trailers that Thor: Ragnorak is quite different than the first two Thor movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All three had different directors, but Thor and Thor: The Dark World had a much darker, more serious tone. The new Taika Waititi directed Ragnorak is much more colorful and humorous, seemingly taking cues from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and looking more like a comic book come to life instead of the standard gritty, realistic superhero movie.

Regardless, the new-look Thor is a little less serious and a little more fun. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Chris Hemsworth — the man who plays the Norse God of Thunder — revealed that it was uber-nerd Kevin Smith who helped them rethink the tone of the franchise.

Hemsworth said he once heard Smith bash the first two movies on his popular podcast. That motivated Hemsworth to speak to Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and credited as a producer for all three Thor films.

“Hearing someone like Smith, who represents the fanboy world, was such a kick in the ass to change gears,” Hemsworth says. “We sort of had nothing to lose. People didn’t expect what we did with it this time around.”

Whatever they did, it worked. Thor: Ragnorak is one of the best reviewed MCU movies of all-time (we personally loved it, as discussed here. And here. And here.)

Hemsworth also discussed being “frustrated and bored” with the character, so a shake-up was definitely needed. Mission accomplished!