With numerous locations ranging from Earth, Asgard, and Sakaar, and villains like Hela, Skurge, and even the Hulk to contend with, Thor: Ragnarok puts a lot on Marvel's God of Thunder's plate. But first and foremost, according to star Chris Hemsworth, this third film is a "rebirth" for its titular hero.
“It was nice not to have to sit in the makeup chair for that hour each morning,” Hemsworth told Entertainment Weekly about Thor's new, short-haired look, seen in a cover also released this week. “It felt like a rebirth for me as the actor but also as the character.”
But this "rebirth" doesn't stop with Thor's new haircut.
“[Director Taika Waititi] 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,” Hemsworth continued. “Each day we were like, ‘Are we pushing it too far? Are we allowed to have this much fun?’”
“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,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said about the film's shift in tone and setting from previous Thor films.
“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,’” Waititi added. “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.”
In Thor: Ragnarok, Hela, an ancient evil Asgardian, is released from captivity, and attacks Thor, sending him to Sakaar, where he finds his strength tested like never before. For the role, Blacnhett trained in the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira.
“[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,” Hemsworth explained. “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.”
And chief among those other warriors is the Hulk, Thor's fellow Avenger, and the champion of Sakaar in a twist that echoes the fan-favorite comic book story "Planet Hulk."
Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to hit theaters November 3.