Check out the brand new images and information we have for the third instalment in the Thor franchise.
So, let’s jump right in with the new stuff: first of all, it looks like Thor’s got himself a haircut. The new cover for Entertainment Weekly shows Thor (Chris Hemsworth) with his new look, along with Hela (Cate Blanchett) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson).
Also new to the franchise is director Taika Watiti, taking over from Alan Taylor and Kenneth Branagh to bring a fresh look at the Norse god’s story.
Thor: Ragnarok finds Thor in more trouble than we’ve seen him in yet after Hela, the Goddess of Death, is accidentally released from prison with the intention to wreak a whole lot of havoc - more so, possibly, than Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who is up to his own usual mischief. Hela’s first point of order is to send Thor to the desolate planet Sakaar, where there will be plenty of challenges he’s never had to face before.
"It's basically where every wormhole across the universe dumps out its trash, so you get people from all walks of life with all sorts of incredible abilities and powers,” says Hemsworth. "No one cares what prince or king Thor may have been in another world. Also, his strength is pretty easily matched with those he finds himself amongst."
And in those aforementioned others, there’s a familiar face. Turns out Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk has made a name for himself as Sakaar’s strongest, and most popular, fighter. In yesterday’s Annual Shareholder’s Meeting, Bob Iger even revealed that the two will end up having a pretty amazing on-screen bromance.
If that sounds like it’s going to be a pretty long way off from what we’ve seen of the Thor franchise so far, well … you’re not wrong. It’s a deliberate move to shake things up, a move that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige is very much in favour of, saying: “I have a belief that if you’re lucky enough to get to part 3 of a franchise, it is your obligation not to fall to threequel-itis.”
The film will also be taking on a more humorous approach thanks to Waititi, who also directed What We Do In The Shadows. However, Waititi is careful to mention that the shift in tone won’t be overwhelming: “I think sometimes people mistake a tonal shift as, 'We’re just going to make some ridiculous broad comedy where no one gives a s*** what happens and everyone gets stoned and sits around talking about saving the universe.
“We want people to care what happens and care that the hero succeeds. I think tonally it’s like a slight shift. I don’t feel nervous – I feel good about it.”
Check out some more new images below of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster, and catch Thor: Ragnarok when it arrives in the UK on 27 October (before the US release on 3 November).