Thor: Ragnarok continues to bring more and more elements of the fan-favorite Planet Hulk story line to its run time and all we have seen is one trailer and some photos!
Now, we have another character to add to the movie's already impressive roster consisting of Thor, the Hulk, Loki, Odin, Doctor Strange, the Grandmaster, Valkyrie, and Hela. Both Korg and Miek of the Planet Hulk story will be brought to live action for Thor: Ragnarok.
Korg, a Kronan character (known adversaries to Asgard), is played by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. During production, Waititi geared up in a motion capture suit and lent his voice to rock monster. According to Waititi, Korg will "introduce Thor to the world of Sakaar.
The details were revealed during an Open House event hosted by Marvel Studios on Monday afternoon. Going further than announcing Korg and Miek's inclusion in the film, the director showed off their introductory scene from the film. In it, Thor is tossed into a gladiator jail, of sorts, on Sakaar. Always the hasty Marvel hero, Thor is eager to take on the Grandmaster. Korg, however, advises against it, in a much lighter than expected voice complete with Waititi's New Zealand accent. It was an effort to make the character "really lovable" according to Waititi, who admits it is "difficult to make a character made of rocks lovable."
Both Korg and Miek see a bit of a facelift for the adaptation. Korg resembles the same character in size and shape but loses his yellow coloring. Instead, the rocks which make up the ally to Thor and the Hulk are white and grey. He also carries a staff, similar to something Rey would wield in a Star Wars film, but larger and he whips it around much more violently.
Miek, looking a bit more like a giant hunk of defenseless larva than he did in the Planet Hulk books, receives a major upgrade in the form of an exoskeleton suit. The suit is responsible for giving the character not only legs complete with hooves for feet but arms which have swords attached to their ends, rather than hands.
The actor playing Miek was not revealed.
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Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3, 2017.