Thor Ragnarok - Hela Concept Art

What was the alternate Thor: Ragnarok credits scene featuring The Grandmaster that didn’t end up on screen? Will Katee Sackhoff return to The Flash? Did Superman kill someone in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? What can we expect from Avengers: No Surrender in January? How did Kevin Smith help inspired the new director of Thor: Ragnarok? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Thor Ragnarok Comics Changes

Thor: Ragnarok has been a rousing success for Marvel Studios. Commercially, the film cleaned up at the box office on its opening weekend. Critically, it stands as one of the best-reviewed movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with only the original Iron Man rating one percent higher on Rotten Tomatoes.

I grew up reading Thor and other Marvel Comics — I even had a fan letter printed in the back of Thor, Vol. 2 #36 (2001). And while I enjoyed the new movie immensely, I initially had a few qualms about its treatment of the Thor mythos. And not just the comic book mythos, but also the movie mythos. Director Taiki Waititi casually discards much of the God of Thunder’s previous history, jettisoning old supporting characters in favor of new ones…but maybe that was a necessary step to liberate the character.

At the very least, it can be said that Thor: Ragnarok offers a fun, deeply heretical take on what came before it. Let’s address some of the sweeping changes the film has made to the Thor series, and why those changes might have been made. Spoilers follow, of course.

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How much did The Avengers cast members raise for Puerto Rico hurricane relief? Will we ever see The Leader or Abomination return in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Who is playing the next big villain on this season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow? How does Jason Momoa describe the tone of the Aquaman movie? Who is Marvel‘s next breakout superhero? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Funko Thor Short

How much has the Marvel Cinematic Universe made altogether at the box office after this past weekend? How much do you know about the comic origins of The Contest of Champions in Thor: Ragnarok? Are the cast members of Justice League up for a DC and Marvel crossover if it were ever possible? When is Wentworth Miller leaving the role of Captain Cold in the Arrowverse? Did you know Beta Ray Bill almost popped up in Thor: Ragnarok? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Thor Ragnarok Awards

We’re heading into the heart of awards season, that time of the year when studios will be releasing the movies that they hope will be nominated for plenty of awards in the coming months. Some will begin with a limited release before rolling out wide in the future, while others have already begun their limited release and are rolling out to more cities in the coming weeks. But there are some movies that were already released earlier this year and it’s time for studios to remind voters about in order to be considered for nominations.

Looking to compete against some of the more prestigious pictures that usually end up in the awards conversation, Disney and Marvel Studios are making a push for both Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok awards nominations, and it’s not just in the technical categories like visual effects and make-up. Read More »

Thor Ragnarok Scene Breakdown - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this special Thor: Ragnarok edition, check out a rundown of a bunch of Easter eggs and comic references from the latest Marvel Studios sequel. Plus, dig into some of the deleted/alternate scenes and unused concepts, and watch director Taika Waititi break down an action sequence involving Thor and Loki. Read More »

Thor Ragnarok Deleted Scene

Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters now, and it will have no problem taking the top spot at the box office. With director Taika Waititi behind the camera, the franchise steered hard into comedic territory, even more than audiences have come to expect from the Marvel Studios superhero movies. But Thor: Ragnarok almost headed into John Hughes territory with a sequence that ended up getting axed.

In a recent interview, Taika Waititi revealed that Thor: Ragnarok almost included a flashback to an adolescent Thor and Loki in a 1980s-style version of Asgard. That sounds awesome in itself, but at this time, we would have also seen Thor as a chubby little kid and Loki as an emo outcast. Find out more about the Thor: Ragnarok deleted scene below, but beware of a minor spoiler for the movie. Read More »

Thor Ragnarok

How did a certain cameo in Thor: Ragnarok come together? What’s in store for Justice League Day on November 18? Who is playing Brainiac on SyFy’s Krypton series? Did you know The Revengers are a real superhero team in Marvel Comics? How much is Thor: Ragnarok on track to make this weekend? What did Jason Momoa name Aquaman‘s trident? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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When Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor made his hammer-smashing debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2011, his character was ripped directly from comic book pages, staying true to his origins and persona – a noble warrior whose sole reason for existing is to protect his home world of Asgard, his people, and the rest of the nine realms. In the greater timeline of the MCU, Thor appears in his own stand-alone trilogy (Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok), two ensemble films (The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Doctor Strange.

Thor: Ragnarok (the last film in the trilogy) is a welcome and drastic change from his previous films. Thor is so remarkably different that we barely recognize the original God of Thunder, especially with his snazzy new haircut. And It’s not just Thor – the entire film has a completely contrasting tone and aesthetic compared to the rest of the trilogy. Director Taika Watiti took Thor out of a dark world of doom and gloom and tossed him into a whimsical rainbow.

Throughout his screen time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor noticeably transforms from a serious, wise warrior into a goofball (bordering on big buffoon) with a magical hammer. Although fans adore this new light-hearted, funny guy version of Thor, we’re still asking, “since when did Thor become a comedian?”

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thor ragnarok featurette

After nine years and 17 movies, Marvel Studios has gotten pretty good about training audiences to stay in their seats as the credits roll. By slipping extra footage into the credits, they have effectively tricked millions of people into hanging around and showing a little bit of respect for the thousands of artists and technicians who made the production happen. That’s probably the greatest trick Marvel has pulled off to date.

Of course, these mid-credits and post-credits scenes are often where the connective tissue between various Marvel movies is planted and Thor: Ragnarok is no different. The mid-credits scene in Taika Waititi’s film is setting up something huge, but the film itself concludes with an ellipsis, something to be resolved in a later Marvel adventure.

So let’s talk about what it means. Major spoilers lie ahead, naturally.

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