As phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to roll on, the release of the franchise’s gargantuan 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War draws ever closer. Infinity War will see the superhero team take on the series’ recurring mastermind villain Thanos, who will prove a great challenge even for the likes of The Hulk and a certain thunder-commanding god-like Asgurdian by the name of Thor.
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Marvel’s upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok marks the character’s third solo outing, following Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), and will be making big changes to both the character himself and the franchise as a whole. Director Taika Wahiti (What We Do In The Shadows) climes aboard the MCU train to inject his comedic and stylistic presence into Ragnarok, which can be seen even just by looking at the cover image of EW‘s spread on the movie.
EW‘s new Thor: Ragnarok feature has now also confirmed that we will be seeing Thor and Hulk locking heads in what will presumably be the greatest gladiator match of all time. The hammer-wielding hero finds himself on the world of Sakaar after his first rundown with Hela (Cate Blanchett), who reemerges from imprisonment (thanks in part to Loki’s poor leadership). There, he finds himself hammerless and placed in the ring by Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who also kits Thor out in new garms (plus giving him a much needed haircut). That’s when he is forced to battle Hulk, who is seen as a bit of a god himself on Sakaar. Following this, the two embark on a bit of a “road-trip” and take the fight to Hela, who brings with her the destruction of Asguard.
Pictured with Thor above, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) is herself one of the Valkyrie – a group of elite female fighters – who from the sounds of things have themselves a big fan in Thor. In the film, we learn that the battle hardened warrior has been hiding out on Sakaar, and appears in the movie initially to take Thor to Grandmaster.
Of course, those that saw the post-credits scene in Doctor Strange will know that he and Thor will be doing something on Earth in Ragnarok, with cryptic comments from Marvel chief Kevin Feige simply telling us:
“There’s not a whole lot that takes place on Earth in this film, and that’s one of the things that does.”
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Thor: Ragnarok rains down upon theatres October 27th.