Thor Ragnarok is 80 percent improvised

After two Thor films that rank pretty low on my personal list of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, I never imagined I’d be excited to see Thor: Ragnarok. But hiring director Taika Waititi to put a comedic spin on these characters seems to have paid off in a big way for Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios, and based on the Comic-Con trailer that was released this past Saturday, Waititi has put together a colorful, unexpected sequel that should turn a lot of heads when it comes out later this year.

You might think that a blockbuster film of this size would need to be rigid and strictly structured to meet its release date, but in a new interview, Waititi says that Thor Ragnarok improvised 80 percent of the film. Plus, The Shawshank Redemption actor Clancy Brown has been added to the movie’s cast. Find out who he’s playing below, and read more of Waititi’s comments about his approach to making this eye-popping sequel.
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Thor Ragnarok Comic-Con Footage and Panel

Members of the /Film staff spent much of the past week in San Diego to cover Comic-Con 2017, the enormous convention that explores every single corner of the geek world (and surely you’ve heard of it and already knew that). We saw footage from Marvel’s upcoming movies, including Avengers: Infinity War. We were able to listen to Steven Spielberg talk about Ready Player One. We explored the world of Blade Runner 2049 in a special VR experience. We watched 7,000 people go totally nuts over the first trailer for Stranger Things season 2.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. We’ve compiled all of our Comic-Con coverage from the past week into one handy post, organized by category. So please: peruse and enjoy and get your fix.

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Thor Ragnarok Trailer

Now that we have Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming out of the way, we’re down to just one more release from Marvel Studios, and it has the chance of being the best one yet. Though the aforementioned additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe were satisfying in their own way, the next adventure featuring The Avengers’ own God of Thunder looks surprisingly good.

Thor: Ragnarok released its first trailer back in April, letting Led Zeppelin drive the exciting, colorful, cosmic adventure from Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi. Now a new Thor: Ragnarok trailer gives us an even better glimpse at the Marvel sequel, which looks to be the best film in Thor’s own franchise to date.

Watch the new Thor Ragnarok trailer below. Read More »

Marvel D23 Photos

Our own Peter Sciretta is currently at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, and he’s sent over a handful of photos from the Marvel Studios section of the show floor for us to share with you. In this batch of Marvel D23 photos, you’ll see costumes and weapons from Thor: Ragnarok, a cool Avengers: Infinity War Thanos statue that features a buffed up and stripped down version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ultimate Big Bad, and a slick new banner promoting next year’s Black Panther.
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Asgard Church

Since Spider-Man: Homecoming is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are plenty of Easter eggs and comic book references for fans. But there’s one that even the most eagle-eye fans never would have noticed, unless they can read Korean.

In an establishing shot of the Thai restaurant that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) go to – after Spider-Man had some trouble foiling the alien weapon wielding ATM robbers – there’s a sign in Korean next to the restaurant’s awning. And what it says brings about a very interesting development for the people living in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Thor Ragnarok leads into Infinity War

Despite the fact that it comes out in just a few months, we still don’t know very much about Thor: Ragnarok beyond what we’ve seen in the teaser trailer: Cate Blanchett’s Hela wrecks Asgard, and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), with his trusty hammer Mjolnir destroyed, is captured and sent to a gladiatorial planet where he faces off against The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) under the watchful eye of The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

But in a new interview, Marvel Studios President and mega-producer Kevin Feige says that the film will not only “drastically” change things for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that Thor Ragnarok leads into Infinity War. Read on for some speculation about how the events of this film might influence the next Avengers movie.
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Thor: Ragnarok 8-Bit Trailer

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will get Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters next week, but after that it’ll be four months until we get to see Thor: Ragnarok. The teaser trailer for the third installment of the God of Thunder’s own film franchise blew the roof off, complete with the smashing of Mjolnir and the rocking of Led Zeppelin’s signature tune “Immigrant Song.”

Now while we’re waiting to get our glimpse of new footage from Thor: Ragnarok (which should be during San Diego Comic-Con next month), we can enjoy the 8-bit version of the first trailer, complete with an awesome electronic version of the trailer’s killer soundtrack. Watch the Thor: Ragnarok 8-bit trailer just below. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout Easter eggs

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout opened last week at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure. And as you probably know at this point, Taneleer Tivan (aka The Collector) has a lot of cool things in his collection, which means the attraction queue is filled with easter eggs and references to Marvel movies, comics, television shows and even Disney theme park attractions and characters.

Here is a round-up of all the cool Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout easter eggs and references that we’ve noticed thus far. This includes over 80 items – so get comfortable.

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mjolnir in infinity war

Things looked pretty dire for Thor and his hammer Mjolnir during the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok. While I have no doubt that Thor will pull through since actor Chris Hemsworth appears in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, it didn’t seem that way for Mjolnir, which found itself smashed to pieces by Cate Blanchett‘s evil Hela.

But with a new set photo of Infinity War courtesy of directors Anthony and Joe Russo showing an alright-looking and fairly un-smashed Mjolnir prop, it looks like that dire fate may not be permanent for Thor’s hammer.

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In just five days, I have visited Disney World’s new Pandora: The World of Avatar, experienced Universal Orlando’s third theme park Volcano Bay, and the grand opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure. I’ll have more on Volcano Bay and AvatarLand next week, but today, I wanted to give you my quick reaction to Mission Breakout. How does Marvel’s first step into North American Disney Parks compare to the former and beloved attraction it replaced, The Twilight Zones Tower of Terror?

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