Oh what a weekend Philadelphia is having. Stars of both Thor and Captain America have descended upon Wizard World Comic Con, making many of us envious of those who are able to attend. Appropriately dubbed the City of Brotherly Love, Philly played host to an onstage Q&A with Thor stars and loving brothers (cough) Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. It’s a prime time for both to begin answering some long-awaited questions regarding the next Marvel film to go into production–Thor: Ragnarok, which begins principal photography this month in Australia.
While neither actor can say too much about the film, Hemsworth did assure the audience that we can expect a very different take on both the film and its lead characters, Thor (Hemsworth) and Loki (Hiddleston). Not surprising considering Marvel chose New Zealand director, Taika Waititi, to helm the movie despite a relatively short resume mostly filled with off-the-wall, quirky independent stuff.
It’s definitely a step in a different direction. That may be just what the franchise needs after the disjointed (at best) results with Thor: The Dark World, which enjoyed a director turnover rate you normally only see in a call center. Subsequently, the film was plagued with issues in terms of pacing and editing, some scenes making little sense at all in the scheme of things. Director Alan Taylor later commented that the post-production process became something of a nightmare due to last minute changes and interference from studio execs. Fortunately, the performances of the cast were the highlight and will likely continue to be so. Hemsworth has shown a great knack for comedic timing juxtaposed against his legendary stature and good looks, which will serve him well this month in Ghostbusters.
Further making this third installment more promising was the announcement of some pretty amazing additions to the cast last month. Marvel proudly confirmed the return of Sir Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba as well as the inclusion of Mark Ruffalo. However the even bigger news was that Oscar winner Cate Blanchett would be on board as Hela, the evil goddess of death, joined by Jeff Goldblum (the Grandmaster) and Karl Urban (Skurge).
Expect Thor: Ragnarok in theaters November 3, 2017.
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