Posted on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
Even though the cast has been officially announced, we don’t know a hell of a lot about Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok. We know that the new cast is amazing (Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, c’mon). Cate Blanchett playing the film’s mysterious and powerful new villain Hela gives us some clues. And we also know that Mark Ruffalo will be reprising his role as Bruce Banner and The Hulk for this third installment of the Thor franchise. But we didn’t expect Thor: Ragnarok to be an action-comedy about the god of thunder and a gama-rey exposed scientist traveling across space, fighting evil baddies. According to Mark Ruffalo, thats exactly what the film is.
Mark Ruffalo told Entertainment Tonight at the Now You See Me 2 junket in New York the film is not what you might expect from Thor 3:
“It’s an intergalactic buddy road movie with Banner and Thor. I think it will be smashing. You’ll see a lot more Hulk and I think it’ll–” he began, before co-star Woody Harrelson cut in to ask if Hulk will be even “Hulk-ier” this time around. “The Hulk gets Hulk-ier. The Hulk Hulks out. Hulk-ier and bigger.”
Marvel head Kevin Feige has often said that they are not in the business of making superhero movies but movies of all genres: Guardians of the Galaxy was a space opera, Captain America: Winter Solider was a political conspiracy thriller, Thor 2 was a fantasy epic, Ant-Man was a heist film, and Spider-man: Homecoming is supposed to be a John Hughes-style high school movie. I love the idea that its an intergalactic buddy road movie with Banner and Thor.
Ruffalo also Cate Blanchett joining the cast as Hela, saying that she plays a “mysterious and powerful new villain” who comic book fans will know as The Death Queen.
“She plays the worst of the worst. So evil,” Ruffalo teased. “She is going to kill us. It’s such a great part she gets to play.”
Meanwhile, Karl Urban talked to IGN about joining Thor: Ragnarok as Skurge The Executioner, an Asgardian who in the comics fell in love with the Enchantress and was frequently used in schemes by her and the trickster god Loki, and is known to sport a magic double-bladed battle axe.
“I read a fantastic script that was action-packed and full of great characters. When I heard who was involved — and the cast list dropped yesterday — and [saw] the opportunity to work with [director] Taika Waititi, who I think is one of the most brilliant directors coming through, I made the decision it was something that I wanted to be a part of. And the character is fantastic. He’s got a great arc to him. Obviously I can’t say too much about it, but I’m really thrilled to be a part of the Marvel universe and to be working on Thor: Ragnarok.”
Urban also confirmed that he’s been reading up on Thor comics in preparation for the role, something we’ve seen on his twitter account (see the photo above). I’m excited to see Karl Urban in a marvel movie.Cool Posts From Around the Web: