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In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is translated as "Twilight of the Gods". The myth tells of the eventual destruction of the universe and mankind, as well as the deaths of several key figures in Norse Mythology, such as the gods Odin, Thor, Loki, Heimdall, Freyr, Sol, and Tyr, and the monsters, a.k.a. jotun, Fenrir and Jörmungandr. A new generation of gods, the children of Odin, Thor, and Sol specifically, will take the place of the old ones, as the cycle of the world starts anew.
According to Producer Kevin Feige, this film plays a significant role in setting up Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Thor's "friend from work" line about the Hulk was suggested to Chris Hemsworth by a Make-A-Wish child who paid a visit to the set on the day the scene was filmed.
The song heard in the first trailer is Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song". It was specifically chosen because its lyrics make mention of Norse religion. The second trailer features the songs "In The Face of Evil" by Magic Sword and "Omega" by Hi-Finesse.
This film releases in 2017, the 55th anniversary of the debut of Thor (August 1962) and The Incredible Hulk (May 1962), as well as the centennial of their co-Creator Jack Kirby.
Mark Ruffalo has hinted that his appearance in this movie will primarily be as Hulk, not as Bruce Banner and the Hulk equally, as it has been, in his previous appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This film contains three members of the Secret Defenders superhero group: Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Doctor Strange is the founding member of the Secret Defenders.
Chris Hemsworth had to bulk up again for his role as the mighty god Thor. He had to follow a strict diet, and workout six to seven times a week, and eat around six thousand calories a day.
Chris Hemsworth's trainer, Luke Zocchi, revealed that Hemsworth put on twenty pounds of muscle for his role in the film, taking his weight over two hundred pounds for the film, by following an "old-school bodybuilding regime lifting a large weight-load for small number of reps." Zocchi revealed Hemsworth's favorite body part to train was his biceps, saying, "We design the workout around the body parts he's gonna be showing off the most, he's gonna have his arms and shoulders showing (through the sleeveless armor), so that's the thing we really focus on building up. He probably bicep curls thirty kilo dumbbells on average, each hand, so one hundred twenty pounds total. We always do seated incline curls, standing curls, and hammer curls. We started lighter and slowly, progressively get heavier." Zocchi said they are trying to deliver Hemsworth's best physique yet for this film.
Cate Blanchett's youngest son Ignatius Martin Upton, acquired a cameo role in the film.
This is the first film that Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum have appeared in together since Jurassic Park (1993).
To prepare for her role as Hela, Cate Blanchett studied capoeira, a Brazilian martial art.
Director Taika Waititi said that he wanted to showcase Chris Hemsworth's comedic talent in this film: "He's so good and underutilized in that department. He's legitimately one of the funniest things in this film."
Cate Blanchett accepted a role in this movie to please her children, who are Marvel comics fans. Blanchett's eldest son Dashiell John Upton suggested she take the role of Hela, saying it'd be a career boost.
Chapter Five of Phase Three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Since the Infinity Gauntlet's first appearance in Thor (2011), it is unknown if Thanos will also make an appearance, due to the fact that this film will set up Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Thor is the only Marvel Studios franchise to have a different director for each film: Kenneth Branagh directed Thor (2011), Alan Taylor directed Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Taika Waititi directed this film.
Taika Waititi described the film as a "1970s and 80s science fiction fantasy, the most 'out there' of all the Marvel movies." He cited Big Trouble in Little China (1986) as a major influence on the film: "It's a fun adventure film that has big stakes, but also has a breakneck speed and takes you on a crazy adventure."
In the Marvel Comics event "Civil War", Iron Man created a clone of Thor, called Ragnarok.
This film releases in 2017, along with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), this marks the first time the Marvel Cinematic Universe has released three films in the same year.
Taika Waititi wanted to feature a cameo by Corpsman Rhomann Dey from Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
The first time the Incredible Hulk says more than two words in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
The trailer generated more than one hundred thirty-six million views in its first twenty-four hours after being released.
A panel in the Grandmaster's (Jeff Goldblum's) viewing room is decorated with Jack Kirby artwork that comes from the the Marvel comic "Fantastic Four" #64 (July 1967).
It is rumored that this film will be the last Thor film.
On his Instagram account, Mark Ruffalo referred to his motion capture suit as his "legendary man cancelling suit".
Eighty percent of the dialogue in the film was improvised, in order to create a "very loose and collaborate mood" among the cast.
In the comics and Norse myth, Valkyrie was a fair-skinned, blonde, Viking warrior-woman. In this film, she is played by African-American actress Tessa Thompson. According to Taika Waititi, this was a not deliberate decision to diversify the film, but to choose the best person: "You're working with comic-book Vikings, so you have to look at the source material as a very loose inspiration. A character's skin tone and hair color doesn't matter. I think the story is king, and you want the best person for the job, and Tessa was the best person."
Thor wields a mace in his fight with the Incredible Hulk. In the Marvel comics, this mace was used by Thor's ally, Hercules.
Four of the male cast have appeared in at least one Star Trek movie:
Ruben Fleischer, Rob Letterman, and Rawson Marshall Thurber were considered to direct the film. Fleischer and Thurber were also candidates to direct Ant-Man (2015).
When shipping out promotional materials for this movie, it was given the code name "Creature Report" to discourage theft.
Taika Waititi cited the heroic team-ups in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), 48 Hrs. (1982), Withnail & I (1987), Midnight Run (1988), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), and Big Trouble in Little China (1986) as influences on the heroes' dynamic in this film.
The song heard in the first trailer is Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song". This is noteworthy, because Led Zeppelin a a band that is notorious for very rarely licensing out their music for use in feature films, television series, video games.
It will be the first Thor movie without Jane Foster and her team, which has infuriated many fans of the Thor-Jane romance and the comedic pair Darcy and Erik Selvig.
Jaimie Alexander thought she may not appear in the film due to her commitment on the television series Blindspot (2015). However, she was able to find time to film pivotal scenes.
Charlize Theron was considered for the role of Hela.
Taika Waititi appears in this film as the alien being Korg. Waititi is the second Marvel film Director to have a major role in his own film, after Jon Favreau (who directed the first two Iron Man films, and appeared as "Happy" Hogan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe).
Hela (Cate Blanchett) is the first main villain in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film to be female.
Jeff Goldblum was previously considered for the role of Dr. Bruce Banner, a.k.a. Hulk in Hulk (2003).
Tessa Thompson based her performance as Valkyrie on Sarah Connor from Terminator 2 (1991).
In the film, Valkyrie rides a winged horse. According to Marvel comics, the horse is named Aragorn. Aragorn is a major hero in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Cate Blanchett (Hela) and Karl Urban (Skurge) played Aragorn's allies Galadriel and Eomer.
Thor's first appearance on-film was as second lead in a Hulk-centered film: The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988).
Along with Iron Man, Thor is the only other Marvel Studios franchise to have three different composers for each film: Patrick Doyle scored Thor (2011), Brian Tyler scored Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Mark Mothersbaugh scored this film.
First "Thor" film to not feature Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgård.
Cate Blanchett and Karl Urban are the fourth and fifth actor and actress from The Lord of the Rings trilogy to also appear in a film featuring the Incredible Hulk. John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) appeared in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) as the Kingpin. Liv Tyler (Arwen) appeared in The Incredible Hulk (2008) as Betty Ross. Andy Serkis (Gollum) appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Black Panther (2018) as Ulysses Klaue.
Taika Waititi based Korg's character on Polynesian bouncers: "We wanted to change the idea of what a hulking guy made of rocks could be. He's huge and heavy, but with a light soul, and he's funny and friendly."
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When Thor throws his hammer at Hela, there is a bit of graffiti behind him that reads "skux life". This is a phrase heard in Taika Waititi's previous film Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016).
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Taika Waititi describes Ragnarok as reinvention: "While Ragnarok traditionally means the end of everything, in the context of the film it means disassembling what's already there, and rebuilding it. To me, it's stripping down the establishment, and then building it up in a new way, which is almost like this cyclic idea of Ragnarok. I love heroes that really go through ordeals and then come out the other end completely changed. That's way more exciting and interesting. You can never go back from that."
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This marks the third time that Sam Neill and Samuel L. Jackson have appeared in the same cinematic universe without having a scene together. Neill appeared in The Hunt for Red October (1990), while Jackson appeared in the sequel, Patriot Games (1992). The two also appeared in Jurassic Park (1993), along with Jeff Goldblum.
Taika Waititi consulted with theoretical physicist Clifford Johnson, who previously consulted on the second season of Agent Carter (2015), on space travel, and allowed Johnson to view early drafts of the script. Johnson felt Waititi was "receptive and super-excited" about the information he provided, and Johnson gave him physics ideas that could "wink at some of the classic old Thor stuff".
Clancy Brown, who voices Surtur, had previously played Odin in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010).
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Topaz (Rachel House) is an ally of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) in this film. In the comics, she was a sorceress.
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The shortest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to date. The length of the film will be one hour and forty minutes.
According to Taika Waititi, while the film adapts the "Planet Hulk" storyline Hulk wasn't going to be in the film at all; it was only supposed to be Thor stranded on an alien battlefield-world.
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A street on Sakaar is named "Kirby Way", after Marvel artist/writer Jack Kirby.
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The filmmakers cite the work and art of "Thor" writers Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Walter Simonson, and Jason Aaron as an influence on the film.
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The filmmakers cite Big Trouble in Little China (1986)'s Jack Burton as an influence on Thor: "What's the version of Thor just wanting to get his truck back? He's the one looking at the world and bringing a certain sarcasm and irony to this cosmic landscape."
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Thor calls his team the Revengers. In the film, it is a counterpart to the Avengers ("revenge" and "avenge" have the same meaning - to strike back); in the Marvel comics, the Revengers were a team of supervillains/anti-heroes made to oppose the Avengers.
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Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba's highest billing to date in any Marvel movie.
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Cate Blanchett played Hela in a motion-capture suit, because of Hela's ability to shapeshift her body. She said this was a bit awkward, since she got confused in a few scenes.
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In the comics, the Grandmaster has blue skin. Taika Waititi decided against applying blue on Jeff Goldblum, because he felt Goldblum was a good enough actor to not need it, and because Goldblum had already played a blue-colored character in Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).
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Valkyrie wears two armors based on her "Defenders" outfits in the comics:
  • on Sakaar, she has a leather outfit that comes from her 2013 "Fearless Defenders" comic
  • she later dons a silver-gold full-body armor, her "Defenders" armor from the 70s.
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Although the film is technically Thor's third solo outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he appeared in both Avengers movies and Doctor Strange (2016), making this his sixth appearance in the franchise, not including the Team Thor promo videos for this film.
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Cate Blanchett (Hela) had starred alongside John Rhys-Davies in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Rhys-Davies had previously voiced Thor in Fantastic Four (1994).
Tessa Thompson appeared with Sir Anthony Hopkins in the television show Westworld (2016) alongside Chris Hemsworth's brother Luke Hemsworth.
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Cate Blanchett discussed with Marvel and Taika Waititi to help define when Hela would be masked, and when she would not be.
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The film was retitled in Japan as "Thor: Battle Royale", an homage to the Koushun Takami story "Battle Royale", about people who are imprisoned in an arena and seek escape.
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Cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe described working on the film as both satisfying and frustrating: "As a Cinematographer, your function is to achieve a technically flawless image, to the service of the Director, and a key character of production, which is the Visual Effects Supervisor. At times, it is difficult to know where you are inside the movie, but I am very happy to have been able to respond to such incredible technical requirement."
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Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill appeared in Jurassic Park (1993). Goldblum was also in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), and Neill was in Jurassic Park III (2001).
This film adds several more actors to the Marvel Universe who have previously worked with actor and Director Sir Richard Attenborough. Sir Ben Kingsley (Iron Man Three (2013)) and Martin Sheen (The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) appeared in Gandhi (1982), while Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, and Sir Anthony Hopkins appeared in Chaplin (1992). Previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films have also featured Samuel L. Jackson, who acted opposite Attenborough in Jurassic Park (1993). This film adds Jurassic Park cast mates Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum, as well as Cate Blanchett, who acted opposite Attenborough in Elizabeth (1998).
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Jeff Goldblum starred with Chris Hemsworth's brother, Liam, in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The film is mainly based on the Thor comics storylines "Ragnarok" (Thor discovers Asgard is doomed to Ragnarok and must fight to stop it from happening) and the Surtur saga (Surtur appears, and Thor and Loki team up to stop him). It also incorporates elements of the Marvel storylines "Contest of Champions" (the Grandmaster and Death host a tournament) and "Planet Hulk" (the Hulk becomes a gladiator on an alien world).
In the Norse mythology and the Marvel comics, Loki is the father of Hela and the Fenris Wolf.
Sir Anthony Hopkins had decided against returning as Odin, but upon reading the story, he changed his mind.
Mjolnir is destroyed in this film by Hela, Thor's niece. In the comics, the hammer was damaged in a fight between Thor and his grandfather Bor.
Skurge carries out his last stand from "Thor #362" (December 1985), where he fended off Hela's army, at the cost of his life, to save Thor and his friends.
Tom Hiddleston explains that since Thor: The Dark World (2013), "Loki has devoted most of his efforts to narcissistic self-glorification, not so much on good governance. Loki has always tested the limits of his power and the boundaries placed upon him. He doesn't just stick his finger in the electrical plug socket, he burns the house down. And now he has to deal with the consequences."
As his hammer was destroyed by Hela, Thor is said to have a sledgehammer for later films. This hammer is said to be called Stormbreaker.
The fire beast known as Surtur appears in this movie, based on a reveal from Funko and from Comic-Con footage.
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Tom Hiddleston describes Loki as dealing with permanence: "It's in Loki's nature to change. He's a mercurial spirit, and the minute you try to define him he changes shape. But events in Ragnarok try and inspire him to change forever. The Goddess of Death shows up, and the stakes are high for everybody, so Loki, perhaps more than ever, is challenged to define himself in the face of that threat. He and Thor are in such an extraordinary situation where everything is so unfamiliar that their familiarity, as family members, becomes important."
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Taika Waititi felt that, despite the events of the film setting up Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the film would not only stand on its own, but reinvent the franchise: "A lot of what we're doing with the film is, in a way, dismantling and destroying the old idea and rebuilding it in a new way that's fresh. Everyone's got a slightly new take on their characters, so in that way, it feels like Thor (2011)."
Hela is primarily based on her comic version (the Norse goddess of death and apocalypse), but incorporates traits from Thor's enemy Gorr the God Butcher (an enemy who wields a magic sword and can create constructs) and Thor's sister Angela (a rival to Thor).
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Hela is Thor's sister in this film. This was from Hela's first appearance in the comics, where she was established as Odin's daughter; this was written out and replaced with Hela as Thor's niece, in keeping with Norse mythology.
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