The first two installments of Thor are largely regarded as some of the weaker films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that is primarily why Marvel president Kevin Feige is excited about a new approach to Thor: Ragnarok. Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth, who plays the title character and is also a huge fan of Guardians of the Galaxy, has his own ideas about what might improve the Thor franchise. Whether Hemsworth’s suggestions are taken into consideration or not, it seems Thor: Ragnarok will have a very alien look and feel, compared to the previous films.
Chris Hemsworth Wants Thor: Ragnarok To Be More Like Another Favorite Film Franchise
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Oftentimes, an actor comes to know a character and the universe of a franchise better than the writers, or even the original creators. So it seems to be the case with Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, who has not only played the character in the first two stand-alone films, but has also reprised his character in the Avengers films. Supported by such extensive experience as the hero of Asgard, it’s safe to say Hemsworth knows Thor inside and out.
“I think [Thor: Ragnarok] needs to be injected with that sort of smart wit and unexpected kind of humor, kind of what James Gunn came in and did with Guardians [of the Galaxy],” Hemsworth said in an interview with Cinema Blend. “It was like off center and unpredictable, and I think we can definitely use a dose of that, you know?”
Some might say that Chris is letting his fanboy-like love for Guardians of the Galaxy color his perspective, especially considering that the Thor films already have their own brand of humor and dry sarcasm. It may end up that Chris will get his wish with a new approach and a new director.
As for the director, Thor: Ragnarok has tapped Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) to helm the project. Hemsworth is excited to be working with Waititi, speaking of the director’s brilliant take on Thor’s place in the Marvel universe, and Taika’s funny ideas about where the story could go in the future.
Kevin Feige Says Thor: Ragnarok Will Be “Totally Different” From Previous Thor Films
The stories of the first two Thor films divided settings between Earth and Asgard, but, as fans know, there are seven more realms. Those other realms have gone unexplored up until now, but Feige says that’s where the third installment will differ from its predecessors. Earth will not play a prominent role in the third film and that’s not the only unexpected surprise to fans, says Feige.
“It’s going to be, perhaps, as totally different from the two prior Thor movies as Winter Soldier was from the first Captain America. We want to take it to new places, we’ve got new characters that will show how big we’re swinging on this. And we have a Hulk.”
As is usually the case with Marvel films, Thor (2011) was a straightforward fantasy film, which took the time to tell an origins story for those unfamiliar with this particular superhero. It’s a formula that Marvel tends to stick with, for better or worse. Following that up, Thor: The Dark World (2013) made good on the title’s promise by delivering a much darker story with far less time spent slumming it here on Earth.
Ragnarok promises to revitalize a franchise that may already be dying with dreams of exotic new locales and enthralling new characters. If Feige, Waititi, and Hemsworth can meld their ideas into a third film that opens up portals to undreamt of worlds, Thor: Ragnarok may have some real potential.
Thor: Ragnarok is expected to make a July 28, 2017, theatrical premiere.
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