The Marvel movies have attempted almost everything from high octane action to sci-fi to fantasy & adventure. But if there is one thing that Marvel has stayed clear of is the serious relationship drama in their movies. Marvel feels that’s not what fans expect from them so they have avoided it this far. But in Thor: Ragnarok, they have to address the relationship status between Thor and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and reveal how they split up and they will exactly do just that.
Thor: Ragnarok is the upcoming Marvel movie which will directly lead into the Avengers Infinity War. It is inspired by Jack Kirby’s Ragnarok comic wherein Asgard is burned to the ground and rebuilt from the ashes. The God of Thunder will confront an empowered Loki who has gained absolute control of Asgard while he was busy fighting Ultron and the evil forces of Hela who command legions of 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 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.
Chris Hemsworth had an interview with Screen Rant where he revealed that he is totally smitten by Tessa Thompson’s character Valkyrie in a very different way as compared to Jane. Here’s what he had to say:
“It’s like Thor’s meeting his hero! And he’s absolutely smitten by her and because of her history, and being a Valkyrie and all of that. But she’s also this beautiful woman so he’s kind of caught off guard. And she can, you know, she could beat the s*** out of him if she wanted. So I think he hasn’t come up against that very often. It certainly wasn’t the case with Jane. There was a whole different affection and love there. So that was another, you know, ‘How can we make that different from the previous one?'”
Natalie Portman has confirmed it that she is done with Thor and Marvel movies and she will not be coming back. Fans thought that maybe Lady Sif will fill the void and become a major love interest of Thor but that didn’t happen. They have now introduced Valkyrie, an Asgardian warrior, which is what the franchise may actually need at this point. How will the story tackle the split up of Jane and Thor? According to Chris Hemsworth, they will have fun with it. He said:
“Umm, no we have this, we have some… some very respectable fun with how that relationship may have come to an end.”
Marvel Studios is now ramping up its marketing campaign for Thor 3 and released a new TV spot which has mighty Thor putting together a team of Asgardian warriors against Cate Blanchett’s Hela to save the Kingdom of Asgard. This new teaser was uploaded on Youtube by Tales Productions where we see Thor and Bruce Banner interacting, Thor and Valkyrie preparing for war, Jeff Goldblum Grandmaster’s new shots and action scene featuring Hela. A new behind-the-scenes footage came out which sheds light on the character of Hela. Mark Ruffalo said in an audio “Cate Blanchett’s character is the worst of the worst, totally evil.”
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. In comics, once she possessed Twilight sword and threatened to destroy all nine realms. As a result, she was banished by King Odin.
The movie will be more action packed and 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”.
From the look and feel of it, it seems there are all the ingredients present in the movie to become a huge blockbuster. It is facing huge competition from DC’s most ambitious project Justice League which will release 2 weeks afterward. But there is no reason to feel concerned as Marvel has loyal audience worldwide. The movie will hit theatres on November 13, 2017.