It looks like the end is nigh for Marvel fans as Thor: Ragnarok finally broke filming today.
Director Taika Waititi took to Twitter to confirm the news after Ant-Man director Peyton Reed send a congratulatory message to the New Zealand native. Reed wrote, "Congrats to @TaikaWaititi and @bradwinderbaum on Day 1 of principal photography on THOR: RAGNAROK! (Taika, remember: explosions!) #Mjölnir." Not long after, Waititi responded with the following message, "@MrPeytonReed @louisde2 Pretty sweet 1st day. Look at all these people who turned up to work. #Blessed #support." A picture accompanies the tweet which shows 6 empty cast chairs which belong to crew members such as Tom Hammel, Eric Pearson, Cyndi Ochs, and more.
Filming in Australia's Gold Coast, the movie is shooting at Village Roadshow Studios in Oxenford and is using all of the space's sound stages. Clearly, when it comes to MCU films, you either go big or go home. Later, filming will take place in Sydney, Brisbane, and Queensland before the film is scheduled to wrap shooting this October.
Thor: Ragnarok was first placed on Marvel's upcoming release line-up back in October 2014 when Kevin Feige announced the third Thor installment. Director Taika Waititi entered negotiations to directed the film in October 2015, and soon after, the film announced dozens of breaking casting announcements with Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, and Tessa Thompson would all appear in the film. While Jaimie Alexander's Sif was initially said to be part of Thor: Ragnarok, unexpected scheduling conflicts have seen thrown her appearance into question.
Known for his indie work, Waititi has spoken openly about his initial hesitancy to sign on to Thor: Ragnarok. However, Waititi has only gushed about Marvel Studios since he's been attached to the film as the blockbusting company has overturned all of his expectations about large studios. Discussing his work with Marvel on Thor: Ragnarok, he's said that, "So far it's been good...I'm surrounded by really intelligent, amazing people. I've got access to great minds and great resources. So I'm at a real advantage. In terms of the studio thing, these people don't act like a studio. They're cool, smart storytellers. I've been enjoying hanging out with them."
Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to hit theaters on November 3rd 2017.