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 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 everything from visual effects to storytelling is impeccable.
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.
The 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 team of cosmic warriors to take her on. In the official trailer of the movie released by Marvel, 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 where he will fight against King of the arena (Gladiator Hulk).
It’s just a few weeks left for the release of Thor Ragnarok and Marvel is leaving no stone unturned to fully cash in on the enormous buzz that movie has already generated. The studio had launched 31-day social media campaign titled “HelaWeen” to highlight villainous characteristics of Cate Blanchett’s character Hela. There is a brand new poster that provides a closer look into the character and shows her deer antlers/headdress thing.
The stars of the movie are on a press tour promoting the movie. Recently, the Australian TV show “The Project” invited Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo for an interview to talk about Thor: Ragnarok and they happily agreed to be part of the show. There was a number of reporters who were making fun of Thor’s losing both his hammer and hair, it was all friendly and cheerful until the main reporter reveals the movie’s devastating secret.
The reporter said “Hela, as most fans know, is the Goddess of Death who destroys Thor’s hammer and attempts to take over Asgard. She also happens to be Thor’s Sister”.
Chris Hemsworth cringed and replied-
“That’s a no-no dude!” but he knows that cat is out of the bag now.
The bad part is that there were people watching the interview who are neither comic-book enthusiasts nor have read about Norse mythology now know the relationship between Thor and Hela.
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.
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