Even though Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment of Marvel's popular Norse superhero, only began principal photography on July 4th, Marvel Studios had enough in the can to share with the jubilant Hall H crowd today. While the footage won't be released online, we have a full description for you here.
Director Taika Waititi put a piece together to explain what Thor was doing during Civil War. "I just am taking a break. We had this cool adventure saving New York, that was pretty great. So I moved to Australia and moved in with Daryl," Thor says in a documentary-style video. Thor has Daryl help him write an email to both Tony Stark and Steve Rogers about their "Relationship problems."
"Dear Steve Rogers, remember when I goaded you into killing those prisoners and you made me swear not to tell any of the other Avengers? I still haven't. Please let me know if you need anything, I'm not doing much at the moment," he said.
Thor had a wall of conspiracy theory about the Infinity Stones. "Who is the purple man in the chair? He's purple, has a magic glove, and doesn't like standing up."
Thor sits down to talk with Bruce Banner, who gets a call from Iron Man. "No amount of money is going to get me into your little pissing contest," he says to Tony. Stark doesn't want to talk to Thor. Banner says that Stark says he doesn't know how to get a hold of Thor, and Thor says he doesn't have a phone, and should instead send a raven.
Next, a sizzle reel was shown from the first five days of filming. After a few very quick shots of Thor and Loki together (but no real indication of what they were doing) and some scenery that was clearly Asgardian, they showed several pieces of concept art. Loki was shown with a new costume, several shots of Asgard, and Thor was shown with some red streaks down his face. Many tribal-looking characters were shown, in fact, perhaps indicating the presence of the "Planet Hulk" storyline rumored. One quick shot showed what seemed to be characters from The Eternals, though they could've also been the Celestials. A new throne room was shown, too. Then came the big finish, with Gladiator Hulk (from the aforementioned Planet Hulk) charging at Thor in a piece of CGI test footage, with helmet, gauntlet, and weapon. A full shot of Cate Blanchett's Hela was shown, looking pitch-perfect in full green, as if she leapt from the comicbook page. Finally, Hulk jumps, screaming, down from a high point, descending upon the fire demon Surtur.
Two-time Oscar®-winner Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine," "Carol, "Cinderella") joins Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok" as the mysterious and powerful new villain Hela, along with Jeff Goldblum (the upcoming "Independence Day: Resurgence," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Jurassic Park") who joins the cast as the eccentric Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson ("Creed," "Selma") who will bring the classic hero Valkyrie to life on the big screen, and Karl Urban ("Star Trek" trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King") who will add his might to the fray as Skurge.
Rounding out the cast for the film is three-time Oscar®-nominee Mark Ruffalo ("Spotlight," "The Kids Are All Right," "Foxcatcher"), reprising his role of Bruce Banner/the Hulk from "Marvel's The Avengers" and Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
Thor's new cast members join returning stars Chris Hemsworth ("Rush," "In the Heart of the Sea," "Ghostbusters") in the title role for the fifth time; Tom Hiddleston ("Crimson Peak," "The Night Manager," "Kong: Skull Island") as Thor's adversarial, adopted brother, Loki; Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Idris Elba ("The Dark Tower," "Luther," "Beasts of No Nation") as the Asgardian sentry, Heimdall; and Academy Award®-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins ("Silence of the Lambs," "Nixon," "Hitchcock") again portraying Odin, Ruler of Asgard.
"Thor: Ragnarok" is directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Taika Waititi ("Two Cars, One Night," "What We Do in the Shadows," "Hunt for the Wilderpeople"). Kevin Feige will produce the film, joined by executive producers Louis D'Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee.
Thor: Ragnarok will be released on November 3, 2017.