THOR: RAGNAROK First Photos
The first batch of official photos from Marvel Studios’ upcoming Thor: Ragnarok have arrived, courtesy of EW. The photos reveal Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston), as well as never-before-seen characters Hela (Cate Blanchett), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).
“I have a belief that if you’re lucky enough to get to part 3 of a franchise,” says Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige, “it is your obligation not to fall to threequel-itis.” The third Thor film has long been known to feature fellow Avenger the Hulk, who will kick some gladiatorial ass together in the “cosmic road trip” movie.
“It was nice not to have to sit in the makeup chair for that hour each morning,” Chris Hemsworth says of Thor’s new haircut. “It felt like a rebirth for me as the actor but also as the character.”
Blanchett’s Hela has “been locked away for millennia getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she gets unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box,” Blanchett revealed. This leads to an attack on Thor, sending him to Sakaar, “basically where every wormhole across the universe dumps out its trash, so you get people from all walks of life with all sorts of incredible abilities and powers,” adds Hemsworth. Thor is forced to become a gladiator and has the realization that he’s no longer super special. “No one cares what prince or king Thor may have been in another world. Also, his strength is pretty easily matched with those he finds himself amongst.”
That includes Sakaar’s most successful, and most popular, fighter: the Hulk.
“Despite a title that references an end-of-days-type battle in Norse mythology, Ragnarok marks a decidedly more comedic installment for the series, thanks in large part to director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows),” EW reports. “Taika has such a quirky, left-of-field sense of humor, which forced all the characters and the tone of the whole story to head in a new direction,” says Hemsworth. “Each day we were like, ‘Are we pushing it too far? Are we allowed to have this much fun?’”
“I think sometimes people mistake a tonal shift as ‘We’re just going to make some ridiculous broad comedy where no one gives a s— what happens and everyone gets stoned and sits around talking about saving the universe,’ ” says Waititi. “We want people to care what happens and care that the hero succeeds. I think tonally it’s like a slight shift. I don’t feel nervous — I feel good about it.”
The cast, officially announced last May, includes Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch and Anthony Hopkins. Thor: Ragnarok opens November 3rd.