Thor: Ragnarok is the upcoming Marvel movie which is just a few weeks away from worldwide release. It is inspired by Jack Kirby’s Ragnarok comic wherein Asgard is burned to the ground and rebuilt from the ashes. The plot of Thor: Ragnarok revolves around Thor’s struggle to stop goddess of death from destroying his home planet. The critics have heaped massive praise on Taika Waititi direction style and the fun elements introduced in the movie. The first reactions are very positive and it is rated as 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Apart from the usual cast including Chris Hemsworth (Thor, God of Thunder), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Anthony Hopkins (Odin) and Idris Elba (Heimdall), the movie also features 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.
Whenever we talk about MCU actor’s contracts about to come to an end, we mention Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Chris Evans (Captain America). But Chris Hemsworth revealed in an interview that his contract with Marvel will also come to an end with Avengers 4. He said earlier:
“I’m three films away from the end of my contract, I’ve got Avengers 3 and 4 and I’ve got Thor 3.”
Recently, during press tour Karl Urban (who is playing Skurge) endorsed the idea of bringing “Female Thor” into the MCU. In fact, he feels it’s well overdue. It is not a radical idea at all as Marvel comics has already introduced female Thor in 2014. This is what he said in an interview:
“Fundamentally, the process is the same. But I have to say with Marvel, there’s a real sense of inclusion and collaboration and they certainly made me feel very, very welcome and like part of the family. And what I appreciated most about Marvel was how they foster the creativity and they hire people to do their jobs and let them do it and this movie is a direct result of that.”
The famous actress Tessa Thompson is playing ancient warrior Valkyrie and she is definitely a remarkable candidate to take up the mantle of “female Thor” in the future MCU movies. With the massive success of Wonder Woman, the demand for female superhero movies is increasing. Captain Marvel movie is in the works, but Female Thor movie could kick-start another major franchise with female headlining the movie. Let’s see what Marvel does.
Here’s the official synopsis of the movie:
“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 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. The movie will hit theatres on November 3, 2017.