Well, EW dropped a bombshell yesterday, with a first look at Thor: Ragnarok. We don’t know what we were expecting, but goddam. Everybody’s looking amazing.
So, we should address the fact that the EW cover has Thor wielding two blades instead of Mjolnir. We should also address the fact that he’s had a pretty severe haircut (although his traditional Thor-mane was seen in those set pictures from a while back…hmmm.) And look, with the first-look pictures, there’s Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Mark Ruffalo, as smiles as Bruce Banner!
But really, all we want to do is talk about the new additions. Seriously. There’s Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, who looks entirely like you might expect Jeff Goldblum to look in a Thor movie.
Then there’s Cate Blanchett looking incredibly badass as Hela, Goddess of Death, who is understandably upset after being imprisoned for millennia. Now she’s out, she’s going to cause a hell of a lot of trouble. “She ain’t getting back in that box,” Blanchett told EW.
She’s responsible for the fact that Thor ends up on the planet of Sakaar as a gladiator, which is where Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk comes in: he’s also on the fighter callsheet. “[Sakaar is] 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,” Hemsworth told EW. “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.”
We should also talk about Tessa Thompson. We’re very excited to see how the Creed and Westworld star’s take on Valkyrie fits into this story…in fact, we’re excited about all of it. We’re excited to see what a director like Taika Waititi will bring to a story of this size and scale (a lot of fun, from the sound of it). We’re excited to see how the story pays off Thor: The Dark World‘s cliffhanger ending and that ridiculous cave pool sequence in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. We’re excited to see Hulk and Thor’s buddy movie antics, and to see them as flippin’ gladiators. And, we should add, we’re excited to see if Sam Neill is actually in it, or if he’s been pulling our leg this whole time.
“In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!”
Thor: Ragnarok is in cinemas from 27 October 2017. Get all the latest superhero movie news with every issue of SciFiNow.