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It’s not coming out until the fall, so there’s still plenty of time, but I feel like we’ve gotten absolutely nothing when it comes to Thor: Ragnarok. We know that it’s happening, and there were some set pics floating around, but that’s about it. Marvel is understandably secretive, but I’m not a patient woman. Thankfully I can complain a little bit less now, because a new featurette was just released. It doesn’t give away much, but as least now we know a teeny little bit.
— Tom Hiddleston Page (@HiddlesPage) February 17, 2017
So we know that it’s going to be funny, which is unsurprising considering director Taika Waititi’s previous work, and we know that Hela is going to be an amazing villain. Cate Blanchett could play Mjolnir and it would transform all of our lives, that’s how good she is. That shot of the concept art for her is pretty incredible. Speaking of that shot, considering that he’s not only right there in full few, but has also been talked about pretty openly, it looks like the whole “Loki pretended to be dead and then masqueraded as his father Odin” situation was short lived. Obviously we knew that Tom Hiddleston was shooting the movie, meaning that at least at some point Loki would be appearing as himself. Still, did that story serve any purpose other than giving us a killer ending shot for Thor: The Dark World?
The real standout from this featurette though? The Hulk. The reason? That outfit. Calling it an outfit sounds terribly uncool I realize, but nothing else sounds much better. Costume, uniform, it’s all the same. Technically it’s armor, but apart from the helmet and the shoulder thing it doesn’t look very protective, so that’s a bit of a stretch. Poor Hulk, he’s been through enough already and now he has to fight? I have no idea where something that large came from, or how it was made, or where he keeps it. Are we to assume that Bruce transforms into the Hulk but then briefly hits the pause button on his uncontrollable rage so he can change into his fancy getup? Regardless, his involvement in the movie looks like it’s going to be so outlandishly fun to watch that I don’t care about any of that logic. Here’s a more detailed, close up look.
As far as story goes, this is the official word from Marvel so far:
In 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 threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatroial contest that pits him against his former ally and fell Avenger-the Incredible Hulk.”
Unfortunately it looks like Ragnarok will be Midgard-less, which some fans may not miss, but the whole Jane/Darcy/Selvig dynamic was one that I enjoyed about these movies so I’m disappointed. Thor needs his support team! We last saw Thor in one of the after credits scene in Doctor Strange (which I have to admit I still haven’t seen. I’m going to have to catch it now that it’s out on DVD/Blu-ray). Thor seems to like him because he can make mead appear out of nowhere. It also looked really fun to shoot, and one of the special features for Doctor Strange is a BTS look at their conversation.
There’s also a new installment of Thor’s adventures living in an apartment in Australia with his new friend Darryl. This is a continuation of the first one, with Thor being a loveable, but altogether terrible roommate. In fairness to him though, Connect Four is a terrible game, and humans truly are helpless and ridiculous.
Thor: Ragnarok comes out on November 3rd. Thankfully we’ll have both Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5th) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7th) to fill the void until then. Still, any time Marvel wants to give us the first full length trailer for this movie would be great. Please don’t make us wait until Comic Con.