Thor: Ragnarok is one of the most anticipating Marvel movies and its marketing campaign is really generating a lot of buzz in the superhero market. The main cast includes Chris Hemsworth (Thor, God of Thunder), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Anthony Hopkins (Odin) and Idris Elba (Heimdall) who are set to reprise their roles.
The movie is inspired by Jack Kirby’s Ragnarok comic wherein Asgard is burned to the ground and rebuilt from the ashes. Thor will confront an empowered Loki who he has gained absolute control of Asgard while Thor was busy fighting Ultron on Earth and forces of Hela who command legions of the dead.
He must defeat them to pave the way for the rebirth of Asgardian society. One fan aptly described the movie as “The way Winter Soldier was for Captain America, Ragnarok is for Thor.”
The Marvel studio announced the ensemble cast that raised eyebrows across the board – it includes big names such as two-time Oscar award winner Cate Blanchett (Queen Elizabeth, Blue Jasmine, Carol etc) as the powerful new villain Hela (leader of Doomeo i.e Asgardian Hell); Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day, Jurassic Park) as the eccentric grandmaster who is an elder of the universe, he is sometimes called as “Inter-galactic Cosmic Pleasure-seeker”.
He possessed the mind-gem until Thanos took it away from him; Tessa Thomson (Creed, Selma) as the classic hero Valkyrie who may play Thor’s love interest; Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Star Trek trilogy) as Skurge who is a powerful warrior and Mark Ruffalo (Avengers, Foxcatcher, Spotlight) as Bruce Banner/ Hulk.
A batch of set photos was released which gave a hint about the fate of King Odin. Loki is now ruling Asgard under the mask of Odin, he has amassed a lot of power since then as Thor was busy on Earth fighting Ultron. It is speculated that Odin may have been living as a homeless person on the streets of New York since Thor: The Dark World.
Instead of Asgardian armor, he is donning disheveled clothing and unwashed beard. Either he is taking time off on Earth to strike at the opportune moment or he is being banished to Earth by Loki as he couldn’t kill him on his own.
It seems he has been trying to warn people about Ragnarok but no one believed him. He will very likely die honorably in one of the several battles in the movie and travel to Valhalla ruled by Hela. It will open the door for Thor to become King of Asgard if he manages to defeat Hela’s forces which will make him the worthy one.
The latest teaser trailer for the Avengers Infinity War shows Loki handing over Tesseract to the Mad Titan and turns on his brother again which means Loki has been secretly working for Thanos all along. We know that Thor and Gladiator Hulk will battle it out in the arena, they would survive and would go on a “cosmic road-trip”.
But their plans to save Asgard from Hela’s forces will take a massive beating and Asgard will be devastated in a huge battle.
The new trailer and images of the movie also showed a terrifying monster known as Surtur. He is a classic demonic figure of Thor comics who rules Fire realm. He is a giant fiery monster who can do trans-dimensional teleportation, magic, and molecular manipulation. He also features in the Norse poem which tells the tale of Ragnarok.
He is a recurring villain in Thor comics, once he destroyed the Realm Eternal. He possesses a mystic blade that can cleave through dimensional barriers, withstand Thor’s hammer Mjolnir making him the kind of enemy that Thor has never faced before.
The trailer of the movie has also shown Hela wielding a mysterious blade, summoning fire etc.
Once she possessed Twilight sword in the comics and threatened to destroy all nine realms. The new international poster is showing her above all as if she is this gigantic threat looming over Thor’s head, so much so that he needs a bad-ass team of warriors to take her on including his evil brother Loki.
The new movie will be more action packed and would lead into the Avengers: Infinity War but it will also be the shortest ever Marvel movie. In continuing with the traditions of Thor movies, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor was 114 minutes, Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World was 112 minutes long but Thor: Ragnarok will just have 100 minutes runtime. Taika Waititi said to Collider:
“The cut right now, I reckon it’s about 100 minutes. It’s not gonna be a very, very long film. I think that stories are better when you leave them wanting more, and this film moves at a clip, it’s got stuff happening all the time. I think people are still gonna feel exhausted by the end; they’ve been on this big journey and stuff, so I don’t think we need the film to be three hours”.
But he added:
“There will be a lot of deleted scenes. Great scenes. Funny, funny moments that – you can’t have it all. As I say, you gotta kill those puppies, so we had to take some of those things out. Those scenes will exist, so people will be able to see them”.
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Well, it seems the movie has a much bolder template and has all the ingredients of a great Marvel movie.
The movie is expected to release on November 13, 2017