The Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic Con is always a highlight, and this year’s instalment was no exception with a bevy of news coming out regarding upcoming projects including the studio’s next film, Thor: Ragnarok.
The cast of the third instalment in the Thor franchise took the stage alongside this chapter’s director Taika Waititi. We already know from the teaser trailer released earlier that Thor: Ragnarok revolves around Hela, the Norse god of Death (Oscar-Winner Cate Blanchett) laying waste to Asgard, destroying Thor’s hammer and sending him to an alien planet in a weakened state. On this strange world, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is shanghaied into becoming some kind of gladiator where he finds himself facing off against a familiar foe in the arena, none other than the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). To defeat Hela, Thor must escape his captivity and recruit unlikely allies, including his treacherous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
That teaser trailer was a huge hit online, with fans embracing the light-hearted tone and vibrant space-fantasy vibe. And the latest trailer looks to generate the same reaction.
This trailer showcases the input from Waititi, a director who began his career as part of a New Zealand comedy team before hitting it big as the writer/director of such indie comedies as “Eagle vs Shark,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” The trailer features the director’s facility for quirky comedy and his view of Thor’s world as an unrestrained neon bright space adventure, not unlike the similarly eccentric approach James Gunn has taken with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise. Blanchett’s Hela looks to rank amongst the MCU’s most imposing and formidable foes (defying a problem that has consistently plagued the Marvel films), and Hemsworth’s Thor seems to have finally gelled into a consistently engaging lead. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of the trailer, apart from its bold and vibrant visuals, is the pairing of Hemsworth and Ruffalo as the stars of a cosmic buddy picture, sure to please fans of both characters.
Marvel also tweeted a new poster for the film which pretty much encapsulates the “crazy painting on the side of a chevy van” vibe the studio and director are aiming for.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theatres worldwide this November.