As part of Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive coverage of Marvel’s upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, the American magazine has published a handful of images that serve as our first look at the new and familiar characters of Thor’s next standalone film.
First off, we have Chris Hemsworth’s Thor sporting his new costume and a surprisingly short haircut.
Next, we finally have our first (bad-ass) look at Cate Blanchett as Hela, the Goddess of Death. The Oscar-winning actress plays the main antagonist of the sequel, and given her excellent track record, there’s no way she won’t nail this role as well.
We also get to take a look at Jeff Goldblum’s character – the Grandmaster. He is considered as one of the Elders of the Marvel Cinematic Universe who has a particular proclivity for heroes against each other via the Contest of Champions.
Here we also have newcomer Tessa Thompson, who plays the role of Valkyrie, one of Thor’s new allies.
And of course, Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as the God of Mischief, Loki.
The rest of these images are action shots and some behind-the-scenes pictures from the set.
New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) helms the galactic threequel which sees the return of Chris Hemsworth as the titular Mjölnir-wielding god/Avenger. This time, he’s imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his powerful hammer, and finds himself racing through time to get back to Asgard before it’s destroyed by the evil, heartless Hela (Cate Blanchett), the goddess of death. In order for him to do that, he must first take part in a deadly gladiatorial contest where he is bound to fight his fellow Avenger, the Incredible Hulk.
If the photos above are any indication, it looks like we’ll be treated to a whole new vibe with Ragnarok. The use of bright colors is a welcome change to the franchise, especially since the tone of the previous installments were more on the muted type. Humor is also not going to be problem in the sequel as Waititi promises to bring warmth and hilarity to the MCU, just as he had done with his previous efforts.
Thor: Ragnarok also stars Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Jaimie Alexander, and Sam Neill. It opens November 3.