Ragnarok is coming but in Japan, it will arrive under a different name.
CB Cebulski, Senior Vice President of Creative & Creator Development, is in Japan and shared a photograph of Japanese Thor: Ragnarok poster to Instagram, explaining that the term “Ragnarok” is not widely known in the region and so the film will be released under the name Mighty Thor: Battle Royale.
“Ragnarok” is an Old Norse word meaning "Twilight of the Gods" or “Fate of the Gods.” In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is a serves as the eschatological prophecies about the great battle that will be fought between the Aesir, the Norse Gods, and the assembled forces of Loki, his children, and the great demon Surtur at the end of the world. The Aesir will all die, though their enemies will fall as well, leaving Midgard, the Earth, to die and be reborn.
Most western cultures have incorporated some aspects of Norse mythology into their popular culture, with Marvel’s version of Thor, the Norse god of thunder, being an obvious example. The legends are less widely known in Japan and other Asian nations, explaining the problem with using Ragnarok as the title of the third Thor movie in Japan.
Marvel has instead opted to focus on the arena aspect of the film with the title Mighty Thor: Battle Royale, which may remind some moviegoers of the Japanese film Battle Royale, which was released in the year 2000 and involved a class of high school students forced to fight each other to the death.
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In Thor: Ragnarok, 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!
Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.0comments
Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters on November 3, 2017.