Thor Ragnarok is the upcoming Marvel movie and it 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 has gained absolute control of Asgard 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.”
Recently, a rumor started floating around that upcoming Thor solo movie is 2 hours and 10 minutes long which seems totally fine given the amount of comic-book material that movies have to adapt for a particular storyline.
It was originated in the Fandango page for Thor: Ragnarok but then director Taika Waititi got wind of it and he decided to set the record straight. What came next was the most epic reply to rumor mills, he tweeted:
“Try 90. But it has 40 minutes of credits!!!”
So basically, the runtime of the movie is 90 minutes plus 10 minutes of credits (40 minutes is a joke). He assured the fans that although the length is small this is the Thor movie we have been waiting for. He said:
“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.”
The movie will be more action packed and it will also be the shortest ever Marvel movie. It will be a unique within the scope of the MCU. 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”.
“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”.
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 ensemble cast 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.
Recently, the international poster for Thor Ragnarok showed Hela towering over everyone 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. The new poster is showing an assembly of cosmic heroes including Thor, Valkyrie, Loki, Hulk etc. who have joined forces to take on a larger threat i.e Hela. Further, she is seen holding Mjolnir.
The details of the plot indicate that Thor will part with his hammer before being sent to Planet Sakaar. It will be interesting to see if Hela is worthy of the realm’s most powerful object or she is just ruler of the afterlife who is unworthy of greatness. It is also speculated that Lady Sif will also return but she doesn’t figure in any of the posters.
The new trailer and images of the movie Thor Ragnarok 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.
Another picture was released which pointed to the possibility of Dr. Strange showing up in the movie. It seems Thor will travel to Sanctum Santorum in Greenwich Village, New York to learn more about Infinity stones. It is also possible that he needs to know how to travel through realms something which Dr. Strange has mastered through magic and mystical arts.
In the Japanese trailer of Thor Ragnarok, we see Dr. Strange and he is issuing a dire warning to Thor. He said: “Thor, I sense a great change in your future. Destiny has dire plans for you, my friend, to which Thor responds, I have dire plans for destiny.”
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.