Thor: Ragnarok takes its viewers on a destructive ride throughout the Norse kingdom of Ragnarok, and it is one of the better Marvel films, despite the fact that many of the films in the Marvel Universe are great as is. With a cast surging with stars, such as Thor: Ragnarok’s, I was lucky enough to attend the film’s press conference featuring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Karl Urban, Rachel House, director Taika Waititi, and producer Kevin Feige. Throughout the interview, the cast and creators had some pretty interesting things to say.
Here are 5 Fun Facts You’ll Learn From The Cast Of Thor Ragnarok:
1. Instead of granting Mark Ruffalo’s wish of having a standalone Hulk film, Kevin Feige decided that the Hulk can have his lore/story spread throughout the next several Marvel films.
When asked about wanting to do an Incredible Hulk standalone film, Mark replied:
” I would love to do a Hulk movie, and I think we all would love to do one. But over a year ago, before I even had this part, or we were talking about doing this, Kevin had asked me to come over and have a script meeting. And basically he sat me down, and he said, ‘What would you like to do if you had a stand-alone Hulk movie?’ And I said, ‘I’d like to do this, this, and this; and this and this – and then this. And then this, and this, and this, and then it would end like this.’ And he’s like, ‘I love that. Let’s do that over the next three movies, starting with Thor 3 and carry it on through Avengers 3 and Avengers 4.’ And so that’s my stand-alone Hulk movie.”
2. Tessa Thompson didn’t feel any pressure for playing Valykrie because Valykrie is Caucasian in the comics. Instead, Tessa’s pressure came from trying to look/feel as brawny as co-star, Chris Hemsworth who plays Thor.
Tessa was asked about the “mildly controversial” casting, and Tessa happily responded by stating:
“No, I didn’t feel any pressure with that specifically. You know, the things that I thought about the particulars of Valkyrie had more to do with, like mass and size. For example, I thought, ‘Oh, I’m short,’ you know. Or like, ‘I’m not buff enough.’ Or how she’s arguably as strong as Thor. How do I stand next to a person like Chris Hemsworth and feel, and feel like that’s true, you know? So I didn’t think so much – I mean, satisfying Norse mythology, it’s mystifying, and fantastical, and glorious, and also very confusing and doesn’t make a lot of sense. I just figured this thing that I’m tasked to do with any character that has its own iconography is to capture the spirit of the character, and I think the spirit of all of us, at the risk of sounding cheesy, has very little to do with what color we are. So I just didn’t really invest in that.
3. Cate Blanchett enjoyed fighting Chris Hemsworth on set.
When asked about how it was fighting Chris on camera, Cate Blanchett added:
” I didn’t do enough of it. I kept wanting to do more. It was hugely enjoyable for me. And apart from working with these guys, obviously, the chance to finally, in my deep middle age, to get fit, and to wear that much lycra was really exciting for me. I worked with Chris’ trainer, Zahki for 20 minutes a day, which doesn’t sound like much, but my god, it was intense. I had to manifest weapons, and I had to throw them, and I could see Taika’s disappointment as I threw it, I said, ‘Ha.’ And I had to stop making the noises because I’d go, ‘Ha.’ And so I had to close my mouth. And so eventually Zoey suggested that I put some sugar, which was deeply humiliating – sugar packets in my hand so at least I could throw something and be real. And then so Zoey helped me with little things like that. She was a great action director. So I moved from the humiliating to the exhilarating in a matter of five days. ”
4. Kevin Feige teased that there may be an all-female superhero Marvel movie in talks or in the making.
When Tessa Thompson was asked if she’d like to do a solo Valykrie movie, Tessa noted:
” Yeah, you heard that first. Recently, I marched up with a couple of other women that work in Marvel, and we were like, to Kevin, ‘What about a movie with some female superheroes – just like, all of them.” To which Kevin Feige chimed in by stating: ” It was a pretty amazing moment to be somewhere and have your shoulder get tapped, and turn around, and every female hero we have was standing there going, ‘How about it?’ I said yes. ”
5. There a Easter Eggs scattered all over Thor: Ragnarok.
When asked if there were any Easter Eggs in a specific scene in Thor Ragnarok, Kevin Feige said:
” There might be some things in the trash piles. I mean, the biggest Easter eggs are on the side of the Sakaran Palace – right, Taika? There are previous Grandmaster champions that we see, as one for Hulk is being constructed, and those are all sort of Easter eggs for the deeper comic universe – that may or may not ever show up in the cinematic universe, but we thought it’d be fun to celebrate. ”
Taika, the director of Thor Ragnarok, added: ” Yeah. And in the trash pile, there is one Easter egg, an actual egg. It’s one of the tiny little chocolate ones, and it’s the wide shot. ”
That will just about wrap things up, guys! Hoped you all liked the post, be sure to stay tuned for more Fun Facts throughout the year and make sure you’ve already bought your tickets to Thor Ragnarok because you won’t want to miss it!
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