This won't be a pulsating R rated installment to splash and gash it's way through the gore like it's Marvel compatriots Logan or Deadpool. But Thor: Ragnarok is attempting to offer something fresh. Bringing back some familiar faces in the form of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Idris Elba (Heimdall) and Anthony Hopkins (Odin), the cast has been beefed up to include Cate Blanchett (Hela) Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) and Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster).
For the Australian lead, he was happy with one particular cosmetic alteration. Doing away with the long blonde locks that took more preparation than he cares to admit.
"It was nice not to have to sit in the makeup chair for that hour each morning," he told Entertainment Weekly. "It felt like a rebirth for me as the actor but also as the character."
Sakaar The Trash Dump of the Universe
While the new images provided to EW give a better idea as to the aesthetic of the blockbuster, Hemsworth talked about the new setting for the flick. The actioner will be set in the strange and deranged Sakaar.
"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," he said. "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. Taika ( Waititi director) 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. Each day we were like, 'Are we pushing it too far? Are we allowed to have this much fun?'"
No Nerves For New Director
Needing to strike a delicate balance between keeping the flow of the picture at a good pace is a must. But, also wanting the audience to care about the characters, the New Zealand filmmaker explained that he is at ease with what he produced.
"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."
Talking about her villain in black, Blanchett dropped a big hint that Hela has been locked away in a prison and wants to let her rage go.
"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."
Thor: Ragnarok will debut October 25, 2017.