Thor: Ragnarok – Everything you need to know about Thor 3

Thor: Ragnarok is the third instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe line of Thor films, and looks set to be a big departure from previous outings. Here’s everything you need to know about Thor 3 including the release date, plot, cast, and more of Thor: Ragnarok.

Thor: Ragnarok – Latest Thor 3 news

Empire has a whole load of new Thor: Ragnarok info and photos from the film in its upcoming edition, and has provided a sneak peak online. Chris Hemsworth spoke to the magazine for the feature, saying the new film is:

“Not feeling so otherworldly, with more of a contemporary personality and sense of humour. Anything that felt Shakespearean, Taika [the director] just said, ‘Come on, we’ve done that. He doesn’t talk like that anymore.’ There’s a lot of ad lib in this, which there was never really room for before. It’s probably the most fun I’ve had on a Marvel film.”

Meanwhile, Loki actor Tom Hiddleston praised the director’s respect for the Thor mythology, saying: “I think he’s going to do something special with this.”

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Thor: Ragnarok – When does Thor 3 release in UK?

Shooting got underway in July 2016. Originally scheduled to return to the screen on July 28, 2017, Thor will now hit movie theatres on October 27, 2017 in the UK. Unfortunately, if you happen to be in the States, you’ll have to wait a few days more to catch the latest escapade, as Thor: Ragnarok won’t hit theatres until November 3, 2017 in the US.

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Thor: Ragnarok – Plot and what we know so far about Thor 3

The latest instalment in the Thor series of films looks set to take things to a new level. Director Taika Waititi looks to be embracing the sci-fi elements of the hero and his mythology, and the trailers certainly depict a very different outing to previous efforts.

Indeed, as CinemaBlend reports, Waititi approached the project as a standalone film, saying: “To be honest, what I did was I tried to approach it like there were no other films. I wanted to make this a standalone film, and I love Thor 1 and Thor 2, but if I was going to make this film my own, I couldn’t come in and try to make like a follow-up movie.”

So, what do we know about the storyline so far? Well, thanks to this mockumentary, we know what Thor’s been up to during the whole Captain America: Civil War fiasco.

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In Thor: Ragnarok, however, the protector of Asgard is going to be doing a lot more than hanging out with Darryl. The movie has been billed as a ‘bridge’ between the current state of affairs in the MCU and the impending Thanos debacle set to take place in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie.

Just how that bridge is developed is unclear, but ‘Ragnarok refers to the Norse end of the world myth in which the gods perish and mankind is whittled down to just two survivors. Sounds fun!

But if the trailers are anything to go by, this will be far from a gloomy affair. Hulk/Bruce Banner actor Mark Ruffalo has previously remarked that his character and Thor will be embarking on a “universal road movie” across the Nine Realms. Meanwhile, Idris Elba, who plays Asgardian sentry Heimdall told Digital Spy: “All the characters have a bit of a funny moment.”

We know the film will incorporate elements of the much-loved Planet Hulk storyline from Marvel lore, with Thor being taken from his home planet and forced to face off against his Avengers cohort Hulk in a gladiatorial battle. The movie will apparently see the characters travel to Sakaar – the planet used in the Planet Hulk story, with Jeff Goldblum portraying the overseer of the whole thing, Grandmaster.

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Don’t worry, if the trailers are anything to go by, Thor survives his bout with Hulk intact, only to return to Asgard to liberate it from Cate Blanchett’s Goddess of Death ‘Hela’. Hela is trying to bring on Ragnarok by the looks of things, with Hulk, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and new character Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) teaming up with Thor to defend his home world. Oh, and Hela destroys Thor’s mighty hammer Mjolnir, so you know he’s not going to be too forgiving.

Speaking about her character, Blanchett told Entertainment Weekly: “[Hela]’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.

“[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.”

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Thor: Ragnarok – Cast details for Thor 3

Aside from Thor himself, we know Tom Hiddleston will be reprising his role as Loki, with Idris Elba set to return as Heimdall. They’ll be joined by Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk/Bruce Banner, while Cate Blanchett’s Hela is being billed as the main villain.

Anthony Hopkins has also been spotted on set, so expect his character, Odin, to show up in some form. Two characters that won’t be returning from previous outings, however, are Stellan Skarsgård’s Dr Eric Selvig and Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster.

Thor’s former love interest will apparently be replaced by Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, an Asgardian warrior who initially imprisons Thor but ends up helping the god of thunder reclaim his home planet.

Producer Kevin Feige said of Valkyrie: “We wanted Thor to encounter somebody that was near his equal, and that his relationship with Jane may have evolved in unexpected ways in between The Dark World and Ragnarok.”

Jeff Goldblum will be appearing as Grandmaster. One of the Elders of the Universe, Grandmaster has a penchant for games, and oversees Thor’s initial battle with The Hulk. Expect a typically idiosyncratic performance from Goldblum here, as he was reportedly encouraged to improvise in the role – as were the majority of the cast.

Also of note is the inclusion of Karl Urban as Skurge, another Asgardian warrior who takes Hela’s side in the great battle, replacing Heimdall’s as Asgardian sentry during Hela’s reign. We’re expecting a decent face-off between Skurge and either Heimdall or Thor when the movie arrives.

Interestingly, it seems we could see Benedict Cumberbatch reprising his role as Dr Stephen Strange in Thor: Ragnarok. We know the character will be popping up in the next Avengers film, but not before making an appearance in Thor’s latest outing it seems.

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Here’s the full main cast list:

  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk/Bruce Banner
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki
  • Cate Blanchett as Hela
  • Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie
  • Idris Elba as Heimdall
  • Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster
  • Karl Urban as Skurge
  • Anthony Hopkins as Odin
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Steven Strange
  • Rachel House as Topaz
  • Jaimie Alexander as Sif
  • Clancy Brown as Sutur (voice)
  • Ray Stevenson as Volstagg
  • Sam Neill in a mystery role

Thor: Ragnarok Trailers – All the teasers and trailers for Thor 3

Here’s the first official trailer for Thor: Ragnarok.

And here’s the official teaser trailer.

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