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Back in March (on the 8th to be precise) we had our first look at three key characters set to appear in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, set to hit cinemas the 27th of October, 2017.
Appearing on the front cover of Entertainment Weekly, franchise mainstay Chris Hemsworth, as well as newcomers Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson, were featured in all of their Ragnarok glory, and a fair few observations could be made.
Firstly, let’s take a look at Hemsworth, who stars as Thor himself; Most strikingly about his new look is his hairstyle; gone are the long, blond locks we’ve seen in previous outings for the character, and in it’s place sits a short, sharp, choppy style that adds to the overall aesthetics of the movie and makes Thor look Gladiatorial.
But it’s not just the sleek new do that’s on display here, as to accompany the new do, Hemsworth is still rocking a fair bit of man-fuzz to add to the bad boy look.
That, coupled with the new look armour which looks like a cross between Mad Max and Braveheart sets the God of Thunder up nicely in his new movie; which will boil down to a fight between Thor and his Avengers’ brother Bruce Banner aka The Hulk.
Whilst Hulk was absent from Civil War, we do know he’ll be popping up in Ragnarok in what is assumed to be a live-action imagining of the famous World War Hulk storyline from the comics.
We’ve already seen a Thor/Hulk fight-off as you may recall, in Avengers Assemble, “so what’s so special about that?” you may be asking, and the answer is actually Thor’s choice of weaponry.
Gone is his trusted Mjolnir, and in its stead are two impressive, albeit neon coloured, swords.
Be interesting to see what happened to his hammer.
Next, we look at Cate Blanchett as Hela.
Considering the initial concept images for Hela, what we’re presented with is pretty close.
We’ve got the iconic green and black palette present in the comics, and whilst she hasn’t got her signature headpiece in these images, they did crop up in conceptualised images so there may be hope yet.
And finally, we move on Tessa Thompson’s character Valkyrie.
Definitely the most different from the source material, this Valkyrie sports a more sensible, combat ready costume to the fight.
However, that’s not the most apparent difference of course, because the Valkyrie from the comics is a blue-eyed, blonde-haired woman of Nordic descent, and Thompson is definitely none of those things, but that’s not to say it’s a bad thing of course.
Directed by Taika Waititi and starring the aforementioned Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, and Tessa Thompson, as well as Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Karl Urban, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, and Jeff Goldblum, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok is set for a release in cinemas everywhere from the 27th of October, 2017
– James Wright, 15/05/17