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A lot of changes are coming to Thor: Ragnarok going from tone to appearance. As we can tell from Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive first look, Thor has gotten a makeover. Long gone are Thor’s luscious blond locks. Thor’s actor, Chris Hemsworth is pretty thrilled with this new development, saying “It was nice not to have to sit in the makeup chair for that hour each morning,” Chris Hemsworth says. “It felt like a rebirth for me as the actor but also as the character.”
Rebirth of a Hero
Rebirth is suiting as the third Thor solo film will feel like a fresh start. As Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said, “I have a belief that if you’re lucky enough to get to part 3 of a franchise, it is your obligation not to fall to threequel-itis” Thor getting a much-needed haircut is a great start. Thor Ragnarok will find the titular character battling both the Goddess of Death, Hela, who is portrayed by Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, but also Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk as both of them will find themselves on a desolate planet by the name of Sakaar.
Hela will get accidentally released from prison, and saying she’s not too happy might be an understatement, Blanchett says “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.” Hela will attack Thor and said attack will send him to Sakaar. A place where he is in for a rude awakening.
It will make Thor come to terms with no longer being super special. “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 explains. “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.” Thor will have to fight Sakaar’s greatest fighter, we’ll give you a hint as to who he encounters, he’s green, got serious anger management issues and they used to be on the same team.
New Director New Tone
Thor’s character isn’t the only one getting a makeover in all sense of the word. A new director brings in a new tone so to speak. Ragnarok refers to end-of-days in Norse Mythology but apparently, this installment will lean more towards the comedic or at least more than in the previous works in the series. It’s all thanks to the new director, Taika Waititi. “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,” Hemsworth explained. “Each day we were like, ‘Are we pushing it too far? Are we allowed to have this much fun?’”
Of course Marvel fans might not be so open to change as Hemsworth is, “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,’ ” Waititi says. “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.”
We feel good about it too and can’t wait until we finally get to see Ragnarok on the big screen. Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3 2017.
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