On Wednesday, we've seen Thor: Ragnarok make its first big media blitz, releasing new images from the Marvel film, giving us our first look at Valkyrie and Hela as well as Thor's new short-haired look. Now, EW shared some new plot details but there are no major spoilers here. It just shows where the story picks up from the start, and some information about the film's characters. Here are some interesting story details:
When we last saw Thor, he was flying off to figure out who was manipulating the Avengers at the end of Age of Ultron. Eventually, he hears rumblings of trouble in Asgard: His evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), has been impersonating their missing father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Loki's rather lax governing leads to the reemergence of an imprisoned Hela (Cate Blanchett). Thor's initial encounter with Hela gets him blasted to Sakaar, a barbaric planet ruled by the charming but nefarious Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a tough, hard-drinking warrior hiding out on Sakaar brings the god to the Grandmaster. Thor is then forced into becoming a gladiator, which leads to his haircut and the loss of his trusty hammer."
As seen in an image, Thor will be wielding two swords after losing his hammer. When it comes to Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Chris Hemsworth said that "Thor is a bit of a fanboy for the Valkyrie, the elite women warriors."
According to the report, Sakaar's most successful and most popular gladiator is Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Hulk. It's widely known that this came from the main plot of the Planet Hulk comic series. When talking about his character, Mark Ruffalo says:
"He's much more of a character than the green rage machine you've seen in the Avengers movies. He's got a swagger. He's like a god."
From there, Thor and Hulk will reunite on the planet of Sakaar and will embark on a cosmic road trip adventure together. The story is said to be inspired by films like 48HRS, Withnail and I, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
Director Taika Waititi said that he wanted to utilize Chris Hemsworth comedic flare in the film. "He's so good and underutilized in that department. He's legitimately one of the funniest things in this film." I'm looking forward to see Hemsworth's humor highlighted in the film.
It was also revealed that there will be a few scenes in Earth, and one of them will see Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange help Thor find Odin. Waititi went on to say how Ragnarok will reinvent the franchise:
"A lot of what we're doing with the film is, in a way, kind of dismantling and destroying the old idea and rebuilding it in a new way that's fresh. Everyone's got a slightly new take on their characters, so in that way, it feels like [this is] the first Thor."
It sounds like the film will break a lot of conventions of past Marvel Studios films, and I'm excited to see how Waititi executes that approach.
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
Thor: Ragnarok will be released in theaters on November 3.