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Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK..Thor (Chris Hemsworth)..Ph: Teaser Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Legion of Leia had the pleasure of being invited to attend the Thor: Ragnarok press junket, where we learned more about everything that happened behind the scenes of the film as well as learned more about the character development of some of our most favorite characters. Also, we learned more about integral components of this movies storyline. Below we list the top five things that we learned at the Thor: Ragnarok press junket:

  1. Taika Waititi is arguably the reason why this Thor is so different and stands out. When prompted at the press junket about how the returning cast thought this film stood out in comparison to previous films, actor Chris Hemsworth placed the responsibility on Waititi’s involvement on the project: “I think we all had a, a vision, and an idea, and a want to do something vastly different than what we’d done before, and take it to a different place.  And that meant kind of doing away with what we knew, and just reinventing it, and it all came from [Waititi’s] crazy, wonderful brain, and his inspiration, and him pushing us every day on set, and constantly encouraging us to improvise, and explore, and take risks.  And it was one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve ever had on a set, and a film that I feel the most proud of, just because of this – this whole team, and the collaboration, and fun we had.” Looking at previous projects by the director, it has become a known Factor that Taika and his personality and innovative vision permeates throughout his work. It has become no surprise that his touch would have such an influential part in the making of this film.
  2. Marvel wanted to go in a different direction from the previous films.  It has been apparent to fans of Marvel and Thor that there has been a struggle with establishing a proper tone to the character. As a result, it seemed to make sense that Marvel would want to go into a completely different direction with the third Thor movie. Kevin Feige explained further what the intent was moving forward with the creative development of the film and how influential Waititi and actor Chris Hemsworth were with that development: “We wanted a new sensibility.  We wanted to take Thor – and if you look at everything Chris has done as this character, there have been moments of humor – moments of humor throughout.   [Um-hmm.]  And we wanted to build on that.  And if you look at the movie, it’s got the epic action.  It’s got Thor arguably more powerful than he’s ever been in any of the films, with his powers going up against the Hulk, but at the same time embracing what Mr. Hemsworth does better than anyone up until now has ever been able to see, which is his acting chops expands to comedy in an amazing, in an amazing way.” The decision to build off of Hemsworth’s strengths pays off big time. 
  3. Immigrant Song had a substantial influence on Thor: Ragnarok. It has been hard to miss the Led Zeppelin influence in the teasers of this film. The proud warrior cry resounding proudly as the heroes go marching into battle, in particular when we see Valkyrie. And it was one of the key components to selling Kevin Feige on Taika Waititi’s vision: “Filmmakers sometimes will say, using clips of other movies, ‘Here’s what I have in mind.’  And sometimes they’re not good.  Most of the times, they’re okay.  His was amazing, and was scored to that Led Zeppelin song. So from the beginning, that song kind of defined what Taika was going to do with this.  That it’s in the trailer, that it’s in the film – all from that first meeting, and from one of his first instincts of this movie, is very impressive.” After seeing the film and glossing over all of the promotional material, it would be immensely difficult to imagine Thor: Ragnarok without the heavy influence of The Immigrant Song. 
  4. We aren’t getting a standalone Incredible Hulk movie, but we will be seeing a substantial character arc over course of couple of films. When we found out that Mark Ruffalo was going to be involved in Thor: Ragnarok, we all got excited. Did it mean that the film would set up a standalone? We’ve had standalone films before with the Incredible Hulk. However, as was revealed by Ruffalo during the press junket, we are not getting a standalone any time soon. We will, however, be seeing an incredible character arc over the course of several Marvel films: “About a year ago, before I even had this part, or were talking about doing this – it was well over a year ago, 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 there movies, starting with Thor 3 and carry it on through Avengers 3 and Avengers 4.’  And so that’s my stand-alone Hulk movie.” The thought of seeing how they plan on developing the Incredible Hulk and Bruce Banner over the course of Thor: Ragnarok and the upcoming Avengers films does make one ponder but, knowing how incredibly devoted Ruffalo is to the character, I have a feeling that we are in for a substantial treat moving forward with Hulk.
  5. Keep your eyes out for Easter eggs, especially when we get to the Grandmaster. It wouldn’t be a proper Marvel movie without little Easter eggs and teases for the die hard fans in the audience. Thor: Ragnarok is no different. When asked about what the audience should keep their eyes peeled for, Kevin Feige did point out the areas that audience members should look for if they really wanted Easter eggs: “There might be some things in the trash piles.  I mean, the biggest – the biggest Easter eggs are on the side of the Sakaran Palace – right, Taika?  There are – 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.” I will admit that I’m never any good at finding Easter eggs, so Feige and Waititi providing us with clear insight as to what to look for is immensely helpful. It should be helpful for you too.

Thor: Ragnarok will be released tonight. We here at Legion of Leia highly recommend you go view it.

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Sarah Musnicky

Sarah is a freelance writer and self-described workaholic. She loves fantasy and sci fi and will admit having dual loyalties between Star Trek and Star Wars as well as Marvel and DC. When she’s not being socially awkward, she is in a corner obsessing over dragons, cute things, and a need to master all languages on the planet. She would like to be a professional blanket burrito when she reaches the peak of maturation.

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