Remember how much fun the Guardians Of The Galaxy films were (you should, since the second one was released only a few months ago)? Well it seems that Marvel is so taken by the charm instilled in those films by writer/director James Gunn (the box office hasn't hurt either), that it looks like they've tried to infuse some of that into the latest film featuring the god of thunder, Thor Ragnarok.
None of which is to say that the previous two Thor films haven't been entertaining, but one might not find them to be as "fun" as many of the other films produced by Marvel. Well that's obviously not the case with this one, which has more of a buddy-cop vibe in it between Chris Hemsworth's Thor and Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, with a healthy dose of Tom Hiddleston's Loki thrown in for good measure. Not to mention (though it seems we are) the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch is reprising his role of Doctor Strange.
In the new film, notes Marvel, "Thor 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. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger — the Incredible Hulk!"
What looks especially cool about the Taika Waititi film is watching a new team coming together consisting of Thor, Hulk, Loki, Asgardian warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Heimdell (Idris Elba). Humor, great effects, awesome music...this one looks like a winner (cause, you know, Marvel hasn't had one of those in a while).
Chris Hemsworth reprises the role of Thor, making this the fifth time he's played the character following Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World and Avengers: Age Of Ultron. He'll next be seen in next year's Avengers: Infinity War.
Mark Ruffalo is the Hulk. Never starring in his own solo Marvel film, the actor has played the character in The Avengers and Avengers: Age Of Ultron. He did play the Hulk's alter-ego, Bruce Banner, in a tag scene from Iron Man 3. Like Hemsworth, he'll bring his character back in May's Avengers: Infinity War.
She's described as a "tough, hard-drinking Asgardian warrior." Valkyrie is played by Tessa Thompson, the actress who portrayed Bianca in the Rocky spin-off film, Creed. She, too, will be back in Avengers: Infinity War.
Jeff Goldblum is Grandmaster, ruler of the planet Sakaar and someone obsessed with games of chance, including battles to the death. While Goldblum is not scheduled to reprise this role, next year he will reprise Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, having previously played Ian in Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Tom Hiddleston is back as Thor's foster brother Loki, who seems to be putting his nefarious plans aside for a change to fight alongside Thor. Hiddleston has played Loki in both Thor and Avengers films, and will be back for Infinity War.
Heimdell, the Asgardian sentry, is played by Idris Elba (seen most recently in the adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower). The actor appeared as Heimdell in both Thor films and briefly in Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Cate Blanchett plays Hera, the goddess of death who, having been released from her prison, sets about plunging Asgard into ruin. That ain't nice.
Sir Anthony Hopkins, when he isn't busy eating people as Hannibal Lecter or running Westworld, portrays Thor's daddy, who also happens to be the King of Asgard. It's a role the actor has only played twice before in Thor and Thor: The Dark World.
Thor: Ragnarok will be released on November 3rd.
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