The god of thunder is back with Thor: Ragnarok. The next entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe looks as though it’s a huge departure for the franchise, teasing out a crazy, technicolor adventure as Thor accidentally releases Hela, the goddess of death, and loses his hammer. Along the way, he gets into a fight with the Hulk on the planet Sakaar.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3rd. Follow along for all the news, commentary, and trailers.
Aug 14, 2018
Judging from a recent post on social media, fandom’s favorite average, everyday Marvel Cinematic Universe character is still alive after the population-halving Thanos snap in Avengers: Infinity War. Everyone who had him on their concern list can officially stop worrying.Read Article >
While Thor’s roommate Darryl isn’t featured in the actual movies, he became a Marvel fan-favorite, thanks to a series of hilarious shorts that explained what Thor was up to during Captain America: Civil War and leading up to Thor: Ragnarok. As these videos told it, the thunder god just took it easy and tried to live a normal life, including living in a small Australian apartment with a somewhat twitchy flatmate. Granted, he wasn’t actually good at assimilating into mundane life, so there are plenty of hijinks, including an attempt to pay rent with Asgardian artifacts that are apparently worth a “gazillion” dollars.
Jan 22, 2018
Thor: Ragnarok has quickly spread across torrent sites after customers were able to prematurely download the title an entire month before its planned mid-February digital release. The error is apparently the result of a miscommunication between Vudu and Apple.Read Article >
Both companies participate in the Movies Anywhere program, which lets consumers watch their digital movie libraries across devices and various apps such as iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, and others. It’s a fantastic idea that basically bulldozes any kind of ecosystem lock-in — at least when it comes to movies.
Nov 7, 2017
Taika Waititi and the Marvel Cinematic Universe always seemed like an odd team-up. Waititi is a New Zealand-born writer-director who’s primarily worked in comedy, from the vampire ensemble film What We Do In The Shadows to episodes of Flight of the Conchords to the terrific family action film Hunt For The Wilderpeople. He likes to work loose and let his actors improvise, and he’s always operated on a small scale. Putting him in charge of a $180 million blockbuster about superheroes whaling on each other in space was a bold and interesting move for Marvel Studios, but it was still certainly a counterintuitive one.Read Article >
Still, his MCU film, Thor: Ragnarok, indisputably feels like one of his movies, not a personality-free cookie-cutter tentpole project. The latest MCU movie sees Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) trapped on the junk planet Sakaar, in the power of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who pits Thor against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Along the way, they meet characters including Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson, a hard-hitting, no-nonsense fan favorite) and Korg, a mournful, entirely computer-generated rock-monster alien played by Waititi himself. Together, they go into battle against a new threat, with all the big action of the usual MCU films, but with a lot more irreverent, bantery, low-key looseness. I recently talked to Waititi about how and why he brought comedy improv rhythms to the MCU, how he gave a new lighting technology its first test run in cinema, and what it meant to the actors to see all their characters caught in moments of profound personal change.
Nov 7, 2017
Even for those who aren’t fans of classic ‘70s rock, Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” is instantly recognizable. It starts off with driving drums and rousing guitar chords that build into its iconic battle howl, “Ah-ah, ah!” Originally inspired by the band’s time in Iceland, the lyrics spin a tale of Norse mythology and viking fantasy involving great battles and the Hammer of the Gods. “Valhalla, I am coming!” wails Robert Plant.Read Article >
It sounds like a perfect fit for Marvel’s blockbuster Thor movies about the hammer-wielding Norse thunder god, which is why Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi was so insistent about getting it in his film — but landing the rights was no easy feat. It took the film’s music supervisor Dave Jordan the entire length of the production to get the go-ahead from Led Zeppelin, Waititi told Business Insider.
Nov 6, 2017
This past weekend, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok became the studio’s 17th straight number-one opening, thanks to a well-established formula of heroic action moments, grand mythology, and evil entities eager to destroy the universe. The format fits the familiar pattern of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Ragnarok nevertheless stands out due to the unique comic sensibilities of director Taika Waititi. He doesn’t take himself — or superheroes — too seriously, and he heavily incorporates the kind of improvisational, character-based approach that he honed with indie movies like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and the improv vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows. The resulting movie is hilarious, irreverent, and totally unique.Read Article >
But Ragnarok is also a tentpole visual effects film, filled with CG characters like Hulk, artificial environments like the planet of Sakaar, and massive superhero fights. Talking to visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison (The Avengers, Ant-Man), it’s clear that the combination of elements presented an unusual challenge: Morrison needed to devise a visual effects strategy that would let Waititi shoot the film and work with the actors using the methods he’d grown accustomed to, while still delivering on the blockbuster spectacle any Marvel title requires. Before the film’s opening, I jumped on the phone with him to discuss how he and his team turned the Hulk into an improvisational actor, the secrets of Cate Blanchett’s shape-shifting costume, and why a children’s stunt double ended up fighting as Thor.
Nov 3, 2017
Over the years, Marvel has earned a reputation for perhaps not being the most director-friendly studio in the industry. Edgar Wright left Ant-Man after eight years on the project, due to differences in vision. Joss Whedon walked away from the Avengers franchise after finding the creative compromises on Age of Ultron too difficult. And Patty Jenkins left Thor: The Dark World for similar reasons — and then went on to direct Wonder Woman. Along the way, filmmakers like Ava DuVernay have been invited to direct Marvel movies, and have declined to jump on board in the first place.Read Article >
But somewhat quietly, Marvel Studios has been evolving. In recent years, some of the company’s most exciting films have stood out precisely because of their directors’ oddball sensibilities. The Guardians of the Galaxy films are in many ways James Gunn movies more than they’re Marvel movies, and Scott Derrickson’s genre instincts turned Doctor Strange into a visually sumptuous phantasmagoria. But no film in the studio’s canon has seemingly owed so much to its director as Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Sep 28, 2017
Marvel has released a behind-the-scenes featurette for Thor: Ragnarok, in which director Taika Waititi discusses how he approached the film and how he hopes to inject some new fun into the character.Read Article >
In the clip, Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the movie, says he and Watiti both agreed that the character needed an injection of fun. “I want to take people on a ride and inject some comedy into it,” Waititi says, “an adventure that keeps people laughing along the way, but also has the spectacle and stuff that gets people excited.”
Jul 23, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok is looking like the roadtrip movie of the fall, and Marvel definitely delivered at Comic-Con today. In the movie’s latest trailer, Thor starts out saying he’s been on a “journey of self-discover.” He’s been reunited with Bruce Banner, who vanished after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the two are out to defeat Hela (Cate Blanchett), who’s bent on destroying Asgard.Read Article >
Directed by What We Do In the Shadows director Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok has been stunning fans for months thanks to its surprising sense of humor and quirky characters. (To say nothing of how great Jeff Goldblum and Cate Blanchett look as the Grandmaster and Hela, respectively.) Seeing the good guys going on an interstellar adventure to stop the goddess of death herself looks like it’ll be quite the sight to behold.
Apr 18, 2017
Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has become a template for the entire entertainment industry, with nearly every studio trying to duplicate Marvel’s ability to weave film after film into one serialized, interconnected, long-form narrative. For most other companies, imitating Marvel has been nearly impossible, in large part due to the development and creative process that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige architects out of the company’s offices on the Disney lot in Burbank, California.Read Article >
Having originally sprung to life in a small office in West Los Angeles, Marvel Studios now takes up the entire second floor of the sprawling Frank G. Wells building on Disney’s backlot, plus the screening rooms and post-production facilities sprouting up all around the studio to accommodate Marvel’s massive slate. On April 18th, the studio invited a group of journalists into its headquarters for a look behind the scenes at how Marvel movies are designed and brought to life — and we learned a few secrets about upcoming Marvel projects along the way.
The first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok — Taika Waititi’s next indie film — has been taking the internet by storm this morning, with its neon-soaked color scheme, lighthearted humor, and incredible helmets.Read Article >
Alongside fellow 2017 Marvel movies Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ragnarok seems to have a certain life to it that other films in the superhero genre — including Marvel’s own recent efforts — have been lacking. And a lot of that, I think, has to do with Ragnarok’s setting, which seems to be ditching the tired scenery of Earth for something a little more... extravagant.
Apr 10, 2017
The first Thor: Ragnarok trailer landed today, and it already looks like the most fun Marvel production since, well, the last fun Marvel production we got a close look at. Between this, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Marvel Studios is promising a year that breaks away from the sad introspection of previous superhero movies.Read Article >
But despite that more colorful aesthetic, what stands out most to me is Cate Blanchett slaying everything in sight. Even though her character Hela is in the trailer for just a handful of moments, she oozes presence and malice in a way that looks to elevate a movie that already has Jeff Goldblum in it. Villains are a key component in any superhero narrative, but she could very well be a crucial character in the MCU’s journey to Infinity War. This movie looks better than either Thor movie before it, and it could be more important than we even realize right now.
The first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok has arrived. And between the extravagant costumes, wild makeup, and brilliantly colored ‘80s aesthetic, it’s possible that this may be the weirdest Marvel movie to date. In a catalog that includes Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange, that’s saying something.Read Article >
Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, marks the third standalone Marvel movie featuring the Norse god of thunder. After the accidental release of the goddess of death Hela, (Cate Blanchett, in a rather impressive headdress that, in the words of my colleague Chris Plante, looks “like she killed Satan and Bambi's parents and made the result into couture headwear), Thor is separated from both his hammer and his flowing golden locks and banished to the alien planet of Sakaar. On this alien planet, he is forced to fight as an intergalactic gladiator alongside the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). The film also sees the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and of course, fan-favorite Tom Hiddleston as the meddlesome trickster Loki.
Mar 8, 2017
Director Taika Waititi has promised a bright and “out there” take on the Thor mythology with his next feature, Thor: Ragnarok. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have our first look at the actors in their roles. Waititi appears to be delivering on his promise. The film already looks like an homage to the weird worlds of Buckaroo Banzai, Flash Gordon, and other classic examples of ‘80s sci-fi.Read Article >
Waititi has said Ragnarok will strike a more comedic tone than previous entries in the Thor franchise. It’s tough to tell without footage, but the wild photos suggest the characters will be having way more fun than anyone had in the comparatively drab Captain America: Civil War or the appropriately titled Thor: The Dark World. I mean, just look at Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster:
Oct 17, 2016
Taika Waititi, the director behind comedies like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Eagle vs Shark, did a Reddit AMA for the first time yesterday. Although a large portion of it focused on his upcoming project, Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi also shared his thoughts on the Marvel universe (he ignored it), breaking into the film industry (be an assistant first), and the best way to approach a celebrity in public (just do it).Read Article >
Waititi says Ragnarok will have an '80s vibe and a "Taika-esque tone" to it. It probably won't be similar to much else in the Marvel universe, given that Waititi also admitted he decided to basically pretend that universe didn't exist. "I made an effort to ignore the fact that there are other Thor films," he wrote. "I’m trying to ignore the rest of the universe and just make my own awesome movie." He also said he hasn't seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet.
Jun 25, 2016
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi on working with Marvel: 'These people don't act like a studio'Read Article >
For a filmmaker with such a particular, peculiar sense of humor, New Zealand writer-director Taika Waititi has helmed a surprisingly wide range of projects. He’s directed commercials and PSAs, and an charming Oscar-nominated short film (Two Cars, One Night) about two bored kids hanging out together in a parking lot. He’s directed projects with his longtime comedy partner Jemaine Clement, including episodes of Clement’s TV comedy / band spinoff Flight Of The Conchords, and the awkward romantic comedy Eagle vs Shark. He’s directed a funny Maori coming-of-age film, Boy, that became New Zealand’s biggest box-office hit, and a giggly, improv-heavy vampire mockumentary, What We Do In The Shadows, which he also starred in opposite Clement. But as much as his projects vary, they have some shared elements. Waititi is of Maori descent, and he often works with Maori actors and writes Maori characters. His sense of humor is straight-faced and sincere. His characters — like his put-upon den-mother vampire Viago in What We Do In The Shadows — tend to be hilarious but impotent, and they’re endlessly self-aggrandizing, without realizing how foolish they sound.
It’s hard to see how any of this familiar texture will fit into his current project: he just started shooting the new Marvel Cinematic Universe installment Thor: Ragnarok, currently slated for release in November 2017. But so far, he’s been enthusiastic and upbeat about the process of handling his first huge, CGI-heavy studio movie, and injecting his own personality into it. Some of his optimism may come from the fact that he just beat his own New Zealand box-office record with Hunt For The Wilderpeople, a widely praised adventure-comedy about a cranky, illiterate senior citizen (Sam Neill) and his 13-year-old ward (Julian Dennison) disappearing into the New Zealand bush together to evade child-welfare authorities. The film adapts Barry Crump’s book Wild Pork And Watercress, but it’s also meant as a throwback to 1980s-era mismatched-buddy comedies and on-the-run movies. I recently talked to Waititi about giving up control for Thor: Ragnarok, the importance of flexibility, and why Maori funerals are funny enough that they helped inspire his whole comic approach.
May 20, 2016
Marvel today announced that Cate Blanchett has joined the cast of Thor: Ragnarok as the mystical villainess Hela. Her stepping into the role marks the first time Marvel has cast a woman to play the main villain in its ever-expanding Cinematic Universe. She'll be joined by Jeff Goldblum, who is set to play the supremely powerful Grandmaster, alongside Dear White People's Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Star Trek's Karl Urban as Skurge, and a returning Mark Ruffalo, who will reprise his role as the Hulk.Read Article >
Oct 28, 2014
The slate of upcoming Marvel films was announced at today's Marvel media event. There are a number of interesting tidbits within the schedule. For one, the subtitle for Captain America further confirms the film's connection to the Civil War comic series. Also of note, the separation of Avengers: Infinity War into two parts, because clearly there's more money to be made from the release model popularized by young adult film adaptations.Read Article >
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