First photos from ‘Thor Ragnarok’ reveal Chris Hemsworth with short hair, Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum
A short-haired Chris Hemsworth and bright colors are the two biggest surprises in the first photos released for Thor: Ragnarok.
Entertainment Weekly offered up Hemsworth alongside the goddess Hela, played by two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett, as well as Tessa Thompson, who stars as Valkyrie. Check out the cover photo below.
“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,” Hemsworth said of his short-hair.
Marvel Studios exec Kevin Feige also stressed the importance of bringing a fresh take to the franchise, saying, “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.”
Hela is accidentally released from her prison to her displeasure. In Blanchett’s words, “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.” In order to prep for fighting the God of Thunder himself, Blanchett trained with Zoë Bell to learn Brazilian martial art capoeira.
Thor will indeed be going toe to toe with the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) when the pair find themselves stranded on the alien planet Sakaar. Read the Planet Hulk comic books to get the tie-in.
“[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.”
Director Waititi closed things out by reassuring fans of the franchise that his take on the material is earnest: “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.”
Here’s the story:
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) 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 new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – The Incredible Hulk!”
Thor: Ragnarok arrives on November 3.