Debuting in the coming issue of Entertainment Weekly, we get our first real look at the upcoming third Thor movie from Marvel Studios, Thor: Ragnarok. Normally this would be a moment of some dubiousness given the track record of this particular portion of the MCU (the problem child being the second one moreso than the first, though no one really argues that these films are peak Marvel.
But, the addition of What We Do In The Shadows/Hunt For The Wilderpeoples‘ Taiki Waititi behind the camera is a very promising development that has already brought us two wonderfully hilarious “Team Thor” shorts. This installment, along with bringing back Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba, will introduce Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Karl Urban as Skurge. Mark Ruffalo will also play a major role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk.
As for the plot, Hela gets accidentally released and as a result sends Thor to the planet Sakaar, which Hemsworth described as:
“[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,” said lead actor, Chris 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.”
As you can guess, this brings him face to face with The Hulk, Sakaar’s unbeatable champion.
Taken with Marvel’s already released plot synopsis:
“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!”
You get a pretty good sense of what the film is about, Planet Hulk meets Ragnarok, and who knows? Maybe an infinity stone will pop up too!
Thor: Ragnarok releases on November 8th.
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