The first images from Thor: Ragnarok – and Thor is sporting a very different look.
Coming courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, the new pictures include a Thor shorn of his famous golden locks, something Chris Hemsworth was happy about. He told the magazine;
“It was nice not to have to sit in the makeup chair for that hour each morning. It felt like a rebirth for me as the actor but also as the character.”
The film will see Thor spend some time on the planet Sakaar, where he becomes a gladiator up against opponents who are equally-matched – or more powerful – to him. One of these such gladiators is a certain big green alter-ego of Bruce Banner. And Sakaar is a planet where previous powers or achievements mean very little. Continues Hemsworth;
“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. 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 well as his Sakaar battles, Thor will battle latest big bad Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, also known as the Goddess of Death. Said Blanchett about her character;
“She’s been locked away for millennia getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she gets unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box.”
Director Taika Waititi has come into some pre-release criticism for the movie seemingly having a more comedic tone to it, however the director is confident about his movie.
“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.”
Hemsworth added his support;
“Taika has such a quirky, left-of-field sense of humor, which forced all the characters and the tone of the whole story to head in a new direction. Each day we were like, ‘Are we pushing it too far? Are we allowed to have this much fun?’”
Also shown in the new images are Blanchett’s Hela, Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.
Thor: Ragnarok will be released on November 3.