The first reactions to Thor Ragnarok are really impressive and critics have praised everything from visual effects to cinematography, storytelling to performances. The plot of Thor Ragnarok revolves around Thor’s struggle to stop goddess of death from destroying his home planet. It 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.
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”.
Recently, Chris Hemsworth appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and he came with a small clip of the movie. He is reminiscing about the hammer (Mjolnir) that Hela destroyed and he is talking to another alien gladiator named Korg who is a character from Planet Hulk storyline. Here’s what Hemsworth had to say about the clip:
“That’s our director Taika Waititi playing that character and that stemmed from, we’re on set playing around with the weapons before we shot the scene. It was one line originally and the art department just went mental on the artistic collaboration and they made all sorts of ridiculous weapons. And we’re laughing about, ‘Oh my god! What the hell is this thing? And what the hell is that?’ So we just tried improving a lot of that scene and that was the tone of most of the movie. Sort of an encouraged improvisation.”
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 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 or 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 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.
Thor Ragnarok will partially adapt Planet Hulk storyline but then comics continued with World War Hulk in which he returns to Earth and take revenge against those who sent him away at the first place. Could this be one of the plots in Avengers 4? It’s totally within the realm of possibility that the green monster turns against his own fellow Avengers. How else can we see Hulk-Buster in action?