At the end of “Age of Ultron” Thor was flying off to investigate the infinity stones and what was behind the collection of them. At the end of “Thor: Dark World” Loki was impersonating their father, Odin. But then, at the end of “Doctor Strange” we find out he and Loki were both in New York looking into the disappearance of their father. So what the heck is happening in Ragnarock? Here’s what we heard:
Loki’s rather careless 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 a bit of a fanboy for the Valkyrie, the elite women warriors,” Hemsworth says. Thor is then forced into becoming a gladiator, which leads to his haircut and the loss of his trusty hammer. (His replacement weapons include a pair of swords seen on EW’s cover.)
WE also discover Sakaar’s most popular and successful gladiator. Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk. Wha!!?? Comics fans will recognize this plotline as part of the popular Planet Hulk series. “He’s much more of a character than the green rage machine you’ve seen in the Avengers movies,” Ruffalo says of this new Hulk. “He’s got a swagger. He’s like a god.”
Once Thor and Hulk unite, “Ragnarok” becomes a sort of buddy, road-trip film, with director Taika Waititi drawing inspiration from movies like “48 HRS”., “Withnail and I”, and even “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”. The director particularly wanted to show off Hemsworth’s comedic abilities, only recently exploited in films like “ Ghostbusters”. “He’s so good and underutilized in that department,” Waititi says. “He’s legitimately one of the funniest things in this film.”
Fans will also see some familiar faces, like Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange. Teases Feige, “There’s not a whole lot that takes place on Earth in this film, and that’s one of the things that does.”
The events of “Ragnarok” will also help set up Marvel’s biggest Phase 3 installment, “Avengers: Infinity War”, the first half of which is due in May 2018. But Waititi is adamant that his film will not only stand on its own, it 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,” he says. “Everyone’s got a slightly new take on their characters, so in that way, it feels like [this is] the first Thor.”
Let our friends at Destinations to Travel help you book your next Disney Vacation. They are the preferred Travel Agency of Chip and Company and Disney Addicts, and who we use ourselves.
Get started below for your FREE No Obligation Quote.
Book With our friends at Destinations to Travel
For the BEST in Disney, Universal, Dollywood, and SeaWorld Theme Park News, Entertainment, Merchandise & More follow us on, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. Don't forget to check out the Chip and Company Radio Network too!