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 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.
The first international poster of 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. It was a Japanese poster that used bright and dynamic color scheme which is in stark contrast with darker posters for the Marvel movies that we are used to seeing. The fact that mighty Thor needs an assembly of cosmic heroes including Valkyrie, Loki, Hulk etc. to take on Hela shows how powerful she really is.
In the first official trailer released by the studio, Cate Blanchett’s character Hela is seen holding Mjolnir. The details of the plot indicate that Thor will part with his hammer before being sent to Planet Sakaar. In Marvel comics, once she possessed Twilight sword and threatened to destroy all nine realms. A new behind-the-scenes audio clip came out in which Mark Ruffalo is saying “Cate Blanchett’s character is the worst of the worst, totally evil.” 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.
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 a rebirth of Asgardian society. One fan aptly described the movie as “The way Winter Soldier was for Captain America, Ragnarok is for Thor.”
It’s been confirmed that we will see a version of Planet Hulk story-line within the Thor movie. In comics, the story revolved around how the Hulk crash-lands to a different planet ruled by a tyrant who forces him to fight against powerful creatures of the realm. He will be involved in gladiatorial games organized by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) wearing his one-shoulder armor just like in the comics.
At Disney D-23 Annual Expo, a new poster for Thor: Ragnarok was unveiled which offers a better look at gladiator armor and the epic battle between Thor and his fellow Avenger “The Hulk”. Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the world after being banished by King Odin (or Loki) and will be forced to fight in an arena, wherein he will face the green beast (King of the arena).
The latest teaser trailer of the movie shown at D23 and the new official trailer which has broken all records have answered some of the major questions we all have.
According to credible reports, the Guardians of the Galaxy would find Thor floating in space unconscious without the space suit, Mantis waking him up, Thor asks them about their identities.
We know that Thor and Gladiator Hulk will battle it out in the arena, but they would survive and would go on a “cosmic road-trip”. This suggests that their plans to save Asgard from Hela’s forces may have gone horribly wrong.
Moreover, the trailer shows Loki handing over Tesseract to the Mad Titan and turns on his brother again. Also, when Guardians are carrying Thor, they see a Planet (Asgard) devastated in a huge battle which means Loki has been secretly working for Thanos all along.
Earlier, 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 is very likely that Odin dies honorably on the battlefield (he deserves that). Moreover, the legendary actor had no plans to return but this is probably his last stint as Odin.
The director of the movie Taika Waititi released a funny picture of Odin on his Instagram page. 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.
Recently, a picture was released which pointed to the possibility of Dr. Strange showing up in the movie. It was confirmed in the post-credits scene of Doctor Strange that Dr. Strange will help Thor in Ragnarok. 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. So the question is how long has Doctor Strange been “Sorcerer Supreme” when Thor and Loki come to him looking for Odin. Further, 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.”
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 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 Waited said to Collider:
“The cut right now, I reckon it’s about 100 minutes. It’s not going to 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 going to 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 got to 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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Following is the synopsis of Thor: Ragnarok,
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
The movie will be released on November 3, 2017. And here’s another staggering thing about the film. See the image below.
Here’s the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, if you want to watch it again.
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