Thor’s world just got a whole lot bigger.
The cast for Thor: Ragnarok, the third film in the Thor series (opening in America on November 3, 2017), was just revealed by Marvel and it’s a doozy. Joining returning favorites Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Idris Elba (Heimdall), and Sir Anthony Hopkins (Odin) is a truly stunning new cast. Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett plays the villainess Hela, who in the comic books is the “goddess of death” (she wears headgear similar to what is seen in the concept art above). Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day) also joins the fun as playful alien Grandmaster; along with Karl Urban (Star Trek) playing Asgardian baddie Skurge (who has the signifier The Executioner in the comics); and Tessa Thompson (from Creed), as the heroic Valkyrie.
Oh, and Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk, last seen in last summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, will also be a part of Thor: Ragnarok. Yes, Thor and Hulk are in this movie together, causing all sorts of mischief (I assume).
“The continuation of the epic Thor franchise will be powerful and unique, and with the additions of Cate, Jeff, Tessa, Karl, and Mark to the cast we have the makings of his most dangerous and heroic adventure yet,” said Producer Kevin Feige said in a statement. “The sheer, raw talent each of these actors brings to the screen can’t be quantified. Having any one of them join the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an honor, and having all of them is incredible.”
Incredible is definitely the word I would use. Taika Waititi, the brilliant and esoteric New Zealand director is directing Thor: Ragnarok, which should only add to your excitement.
After Captain America: Civil War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been forever changed, and it’s going to be so fun to see how movies like this fall’s Doctor Strange, next summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok, deal with that fallout. And with the announcement of this starry cast, November 2017 seems as far away as Asgard.