Thor’s third solo film will be a comic space adventure.
It’s a spacefaring epic with a more comedic tone than Thor: The Dark World, partly thanks to Waititi encouraging improvisation on set. His vision already seems to be a success, with the first trailer breaking Marvel and Disney records for online views. The second trailer, which debuted at Comic Con, looks even more awesome—which we didn’t think was even possible.
Thor: Ragnarok plot
Like all Marvel movies, Ragnarok draws from a selection of Marvel comics ideas. Planet Hulk is a significant influence because in the movie, Thor is imprisoned on an alien planet and forced into gladiatorial combat. His main opponent is none other than the Hulk, meaning Mark Ruffalo joins the cast in a lead role.
The film has been described as a “road trip comedy,” with Thor and Bruce Banner as unlikely partners. Director Waititi isn’t shying away from the sillier side of the Thor franchise, and Ragnarok’s colorful aesthetic looks refreshingly different from most of the other Marvel movies.
Thor: Ragnarok cast
Like the previous two movies, Ragnarok takes inspiration from Norse mythology. Thor and Loki are joined by Tessa Thompson as the tough Asgardian warrior Valkyrie. Cate Blanchett plays the lead villain Hela, the queen of Hel and Niflheim—traditionally the Norse underworld and afterlife.
Natalie Portman did not want to reprise her role as Jane Foster, so she and Thor parted ways after Thor: The Dark World. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, producer Kevin Feige said that Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is “much more [Thor’s] equal and in many ways his superior.” Apparently, a celebrated astrophysicist is not good enough for Thor. It sounds like Feige may still be a little sore about the breakup.
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Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins return as Heimdall and Odin (or possibly Loki disguised as Odin), and Benedict Cumberbatch has a supporting role as Doctor Strange. Karl Urban joins the cast as the monstrous warrior Skurge, but most importantly, this movie includes Jeff Goldblum.
Goldblum plays Grandmaster, the alien ruler of the planet Sakaar. His costume and makeup are deliciously ridiculous, and Goldblum describes the character as “a hedonist, a pleasure-seeker.” Waititi apparently encouraged him to improvise a lot during filming. We can’t wait.
It also appears actress Jaime Alexander will return as Lady Sif, who appeared in the last two Thor movies and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Thor: Ragnarok trailer
The first trailer arrived April 10, showcasing the film’s comedic tone and giving some clues about how Thor became a space-gladiator. As expected, it’s more Guardians of the Galaxy than Avengers, starring plenty of aliens and leaning heavily on the fantasy elements of the comics. We already foresee a lot of love for Cate Blanchett’s no-chill supervillain performance.
— Thor (@thorofficial) April 10, 2017
Marvel unveiled a full-length trailer at Comic Con, and it looks rad as hell. Tessa Thompson rides a winged horse, Loki gets chained up, Thor banters with the Hulk, and the music is some kind of 1980s prog rock/video game situation that just begs for air guitar.
Thor: Ragnarok release date
Thor: Ragnarok will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 3, 2017.
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