Entertainment Weekly have revealed the cover for their latest issue, on sale this Friday, featuring a freshly-shorn God of Thunder and our first look at Cate Blanchett as Hela, Goddess of Death and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.
The issue will also feature interviews with some of the cast and crew, including Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who speaks about the expectations of the movie, saying “I have a belief that if you’re lucky enough to get to part 3 of a franchise, it is your obligation not to fall to threequel-itis,”
It also talks a little more about the plot of the movie, particularly the desolate planet of Sakaar where Thor ends up. “[Sakaar is] basically where every wormhole across the universe dumps out its trash, so you get people from all walks of life with all sorts of incredible abilities and powers,” Chris Hemsworth explains. “No one cares what prince or king Thor may have been in another world. Also, his strength is pretty easily matched with those he finds himself amongst.”
With Sakaar’s most successful fighter being The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), we can believe that.
Blanchett, who has worked with legendary stuntwoman Zoë Bell (Grindhouse), and learned the Brazilian martial art capoeira to prep for the role, spoke about Hela, saying “She’s been locked away for millennia getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she gets unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box.”
The article also addresses with the shift in tone of the movie with Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) in the director’s chair. “Taika has such a quirky, left-of-field sense of humor, which forced all the characters and the tone of the whole story to head in a new direction,” says Hemsworth. “Each day we were like, ‘Are we pushing it too far? Are we allowed to have this much fun?’”
Waititi added “I think sometimes people mistake a tonal shift as ‘We’re just going to make some ridiculous broad comedy where no one gives a s— what happens and everyone gets stoned and sits around talking about saving the universe.’ We want people to care what happens and care that the hero succeeds. I think tonally it’s like a slight shift. I don’t feel nervous — I feel good about it.”
Thor: Ragnarok will hit cinemas on the 27th of October 2017.