UPDATE: EW Also posted a whole gallery of photos from the film.
One of the great things about the continuing Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s that character’s looks are ever-evolving. If you didn’t get the nod to the superhero’s costume in x comic run, there’s still a good chance you’ll get it at some point down the line. We may not have seen the Hulkbuster armor from Tony Stark in the first Avengers, but we sure as hell got a good look at in its sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron. The same kind of differences in our lead character takes on different will undoubtedly carry over to Thor: Ragnarok, the latest in the Thor series.
It’s already been alluded via some concept art that the film would see Thor actually donning the winged helmet look, but the changes apparently won’t stop there, as revealed by a new EW cover. Now we also see that Thor will be sporting a shorter haircut, some crazy new weapons (no hammer), and some upgrades to his armor.
Of course, Thor isn’t alone. On the cover with him is none other than Cate Blanchett’s Goddess of Death, Hela. Speaking with the outlet, Blanchett had the following to say about her character and her part in the story:
“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.”
She attacks Thor and sends him to the planet of Sakaar, which Chris Hemsworth (Thor himself) describes:
“[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. 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.”
In addition to Hela and Thor, we also have our first look at Valkyrie, played by Creed star Tessa Thompson. As of this writing, there is very little known about this interpretation of the character.
Now, much has been said regarding the tone of this film. When it was first announced, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige sold it by reminding us what Ragnarok means, which is “the end of all things.” One would expect that a film chronicling such a cataclysmic event would skew to the more serious side of things. Some time ago, it was revealed that the film would actually skew more towards the comedic side of things, leaving some fans to question the direction.
“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,’” director Taika Waititi says. “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.”
Hopefully we’ll feel the same once the film hits theaters later this year.
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