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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.
Eighty percent of the dialogue in the film was improvised, in order to create a "very loose and collaborative mood" among the cast.
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."
Before the sets created for Marvel's Doctor Strange were demolished, Waititi took advantage of them by writing and filming a scene for Ragnarok featuring Thor meeting Benedict Cumberbatch's Stephen Strange. Marvel and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson felt the scene was "kind of perfect" to show Strange joining the wider MCU after his stand-alone introduction in that film, so the scene appears during the credits of Doctor Strange (2016).
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.
This marks the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that The Hulk is not voiced by Lou Ferrigno, but voiced by Mark Ruffalo instead. Ferrigno voiced Hulk in The Incredible Hulk (2008), The Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
On Earth, Thor disguises his hammer Mjolnir as an umbrella. In the comics, whenever Thor took on the mortal form of Dr Donald Blake he disguised Mjolnir as a walking stick.
When Thor becomes a gladiator, he has his signature long hair cut short. In ancient Roman history, slaves who were sent to gladiator school and trained as gladiators had their hair cut short.
Sif was originally supposed to appear in the film, but actress Jaimie Alexander's shooting schedule for the third season of her TV series Blindspot (2015) clashed with this film's schedule. It was decided to have the character written out with producer Kevin Feige saying that Sif was on a mission during the same time as Ragnarok.
Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" appears in the film, and the trailer. This is noteworthy, because Led Zeppelin is notorious for very rarely licensing out their music for use in feature films, television series, or video games. The majority of other films that have had Led Zeppelin music are related to rock journalist Cameron Crowe (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Almost Famous), making this one of the few films to feature Zeppelin music that in no way involves Crowe.
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."
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."
In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is translated as "The Fate of the Gods", although it is often confused with the word "Götterdämmerung". 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, Fenris, 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.
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).
According to Producer Kevin Feige, this film plays a significant role in setting up Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
In the scene where Thor is about to be introduced to the Grandmaster an instrumental version of "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) plays in the background.
Chris Hemsworth had to bulk up again for his role as the mighty god Thor. He had to follow a strict diet, and work out six to seven times a week, and eat around 6000 calories a day.
To prepare for her role as Hela, Cate Blanchett studied capoeira, a Brazilian martial art.
Tessa Thompson based her performance as Valkyrie on Sarah Connor from Terminator 2 (1991).
Chris Hemsworth plays Thor in the film, while his older brother Luke Hemsworth plays Thor in a play within the film. Their younger sibling Liam Hemsworth was considered for the role of Thor.
Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba's highest billing to date in any Marvel movie. Ironically, both have less screentime in this film than the previous Thor films.
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).
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, 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.
A street on Sakaar is named "Kirby Way", after Marvel artist/writer Jack Kirby.
This is the first film that Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum have appeared in together since Jurassic Park (1993).
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 forced to kill each other.
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.
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).
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.
In the comics and Norse myth, Valkyrie was a fair-skinned, blonde, Viking warrior-woman. In this film, she is played by Afro-Panamanian 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."
Korg (Taika Waititi) offers Thor a three-pronged wooden spear, saying "it's not much use unless you want to kill three vampires who are all clustered together", a clear reference to Waititi's previous film What We Do in the Shadows (2014), about a group of vampires who live together.
Cate Blanchett's youngest son Ignatius Martin Upton, acquired a cameo role in the film.
Jeff Goldblum was previously considered for the role of Dr. Bruce Banner, a.k.a. Hulk in Hulk (2003).
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.
Loki's play mentions a time when he turned Thor into a frog. This is a reference to a Walter Simonson story where Loki briefly turned Thor into a frog (but he was able to meet a frog named Puddlegulp and share his power with him, turning him into Throg the Frog of Thunder).
Chapter Five of Phase Three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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".
Korg is a member of the Kronan race and made his debut in Journey into Mystery #83, where he was defeated by Thor. He is most known for his appearance in Planet Hulk, where he fought with Hulk and his Warbound on Sakaar to defeat the Red King, and in World War Hulk, where he assisted Hulk in his revenge against the heroes who shot him into space following the destruction of Sakaar.
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.
Thor wields a mace in his fight with the Incredible Hulk. In the Marvel comics, this mace was used by Thor's ally, Hercules.
In addition to his credited role as the voice of Korg, director Taika Waititi told Empire magazine that he also played two other roles in this movie: "I am one of the heads on the three-headed alien, this character called Haju. I'm the head on the right. And I'm also the motion-capture for Surtur." American actor Clancy Brown ultimately played the voice of Surtur.
Charlize Theron was considered for the role of Hela.
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 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."
After dispatching Loki, Dr. Strange leaves his business card, which reads "177A Bleecker St". While truly accurate to the comics, and very similar to "221B Baker Steet" (the adress of Sherlock Holmes, who Benedict Cumberbatch also plays in TV series "Sherlock"), is not an Easter egg. It was the real NY address of the creator of the Dr. Strange.
Taika Waititi wanted to feature a cameo by Corpsman Rhomann Dey from Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
Having directed the first film, Kenneth Branagh turned down the chance to return as this film's director in order to work on 'Murder on the Orient Express' instead.
The names of the various space ships in this movie are a nod to Australia's Holden car marque. They are model names of various iconic models, such as the Commodore, Torana, Statesman and Kingswood.
Thor calls his team the Revengers. In the film, it is a counterpart to the Avengers ("avenge" is the act of "revenge" meaning - to strike back); in the Marvel comics, the Revengers were a team of supervillains/anti-heroes made to oppose the Avengers.
On his Instagram and Twitter accounts, Mark Ruffalo referred to his motion-capture suit as his "legendary man-canceling suit."
First film from director Taika Waititi that was not also written by him.
When shipping out promotional materials for this movie, it was given the code name "Creature Report" to discourage theft.
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."
Four of the male cast have appeared in at least one Star Trek movie:
After Heimdall protects escaping Asgardians in a forest, he leads them to a cave for safety. The accompanying instrumental is exactly the same theme used in _"Stagate SG-1"(1997)_ for the Asgard, an alien race who also protects earth from other worldly threats. In Season 2 episode 15, The Fifth Race, towards the end when Col. Jack O'Neill is saved by the Asgardians by having the Ancients knowledge removed from his mind, you can hear the instrumental theme in the background.
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.
The Grandmaster's cousin Carlo, who got melted, is named after comic book artist, Carlo Pagulayan. Pagulayan was the artist who created the character Korg. He was responsible along with writer Greg Pak for the Incredible Hulk comics between 2006-2007 and the Planet Hulk storyline. Both of them were given a special mention of thanks at the closing credits.
In the Marvel Comics event "Civil War", Reed Richards, Tony Stark and Hank Pym, created a cyborg clone of Thor, called Ragnarok.
In just 10 days, it grossed over $650 million worldwide.
Clancy Brown, who voices Surtur, had previously played Odin in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010) and plays Ray Schoonover in Daredevil (2015) and The Punisher (2017)
Topaz (Rachel House) is an ally of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) in this film. In the comics, she was a sorceress.
First "Thor" film to not feature Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, or Stellan Skarsgård.
The retirement home in New York City is named "Shady Acres", the same name as the psychiatric institute in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), which was a play on that film's director Tom Shadyac.
Thor throws Mjolnir at Hela, and she catches it. This makes Hela the third character (besides Vision and Odin) who is worthy enough to lift Mjolnir. She wielded Mjolnir in the past as depicted in a painting, but that was before her banishment/Odin had cast the worthiness charm.
Thor's first appearance on-screen was as second lead in a Hulk-centered tv movie: 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.
This movie marks the third time that a Kronan has appeared in the marvel cinematic universe. The first was in the opening battle of Thor: The Dark World (2013), then in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) as Rocket and Yondu venture to Ego's planet and now as Korg.
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.
Valkyrie carries the designation of SR-142. In the Marvel comics, Valkyrie was briefly a mortal woman named Samantha Parrington, who served as an adversary for the Hulk in "The Incredible Hulk #142" (August 1971).
Thor is currently the only Avenger who has a shirtless scene in all three of his solo films. In addition to that, he also had a shirtless scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). The only Avenger who has had shirtless scenes in all of the films he's been is, of course, the Hulk (his solo film, the two preceding Avengers movies and this film). This film would be the fourth film they have been both shirtless.
The "Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT!" attraction in Disney California Adventure is themed as the fortress of Taneleer Tivan (otherwise known as the Collector). The fortress is part of the city skyline behind Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster character.
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."
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 Skurge is making his last stand, he strikes a pose on top of a pile of corpses similar to the famous Doom box art. Karl Urban who plays Skurge also starred in Doom.
Cate Blanchett discussed with Marvel and Taika Waititi to help define when Hela would be masked, and when she would not be.
Later in the film, when Banner wears Tony Stark's clothes, the t-shirt depicts the album cover Rio by Duran Duran, and this is a subtle moment of foreshadowing because the album contains the single "Hungry Like a Wolf." A very large wolf appears shortly after this sequence.
This movie contains homages to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). When Thor is being brought to meet the Grandmaster ( Jeff Goldblum ) he is being driven through a brightly colored passageway. During this segment the "Pure Imagination" theme from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) can be heard. In Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) the contest winners take a ferry ride through a colorful tunnel shortly after meeting Willy Wonka. The Grandmaster is reminiscent of Willy Wonka ( Gene Wilder ) in that both men are eccentric leaders of their own colorful and often confusing labyrinthine domains.
Tessa Thompson revealed that Valkyrie is bisexual.
During Thor's bout with the Hulk, there is a red character standing behind the Grandmaster who resembles Arishem of the Celestials from Marvel Comics.
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.
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.
Skurge mentions that he got his two M-16's from Texas and that their name's are Dez and Troy, together making the word destroy. This could also be a reference to two famous football players, Dez Bryant and Troy Aikman, who both played for the Dallas Cowboys which are headquartered in Texas.
Director Taika Waititi named all of the spaceships in the film after Holden model cars, such as the Commodore and the Statesman.
Hulk's line "There is no Banner, only Hulk!" is a parody of the famous line from Ghostbusters (1984): "There is no Dana, only Zuul!" (Chris Hemsworth appeared in the Ghostbusters remake)
In the Contest of Champions arena when Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is getting ready to meet the reigning champion, The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) introduces to the opponent, about to enter the ring, as "..Your Increeedibllleee..." before the Hulk Smashes through the door screaming, This is a direct nod to comics where the Hulk appears in his own comic book series called 'The Incredible Hulk' first published by Marvel in 1962.
The third film in the Marvel Cosmic Universe. The first two being Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017).
First MCU Thor film without any appearance (or even mention) of Lady Sif.
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Director Taika Waititi revealed that his character was named Korg, "like the piano"
The opening scene in which Thor fights the demon Surtur is heavily reminiscent of the "mines of Moria" sequence in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). Surtur himself bears a close resemblance to the Balrog the Fellowship fights in the mines, and in addition swarms of demons crawl down pillars towards Thor in the same way Orcs are shown to do in the Moria scene. Additionally, this scene is inter-cut with Skurge on the Bifrost bridge, played by Karl Urban. Urban portrayed the character of Eomer in the Lord of the Rings movies.
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Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill appeared in Jurassic Park (1993), alongside Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury in the MCU films).
The second film to co-star Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum. The two previously starred together in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Both films also feature a score by Mark Mothersbaugh
In the early 1990's legendary Incredible Hulk writer Peter David was asked who he'd like to see portray Bruce Banner / The Hulk in a big screen feature film, his choice at the time was Sir Kenneth Branagh who would later direct the first Thor (2011).
When showing off his "treasures" to the girls, Skurge is briefly seen using a "Shake-Weight," an infamous product sold on late night television. Another Marvel character, Wade Wilson, made a reference to the "Shake-Weight" infomercial in 'Deadpool.'
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Was sent to theaters under the name "Creature Report".
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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).

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Stan Lee: comic-book writer who co-created Thor and the Hulk, appears as the barber who cuts Thor's hair.

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Matt Damon,Sam Neill and Chris Hemsworth's brother Luke all make cameos as actors in a play recreating a scene from Thor: The Dark World (2013). They play Loki, Odin and Thor respectively.
Sir Anthony Hopkins had decided against returning as Odin, but upon reading the story, he changed his mind.
The Grandmaster's tower features statues of his champions, who are notable figures from Marvel comics: the Greek god Ares, the alien being Beta Ray Bill, the supernatural entity Man-Thing the android monster the Bi-Beast.
The song heard in the trailer and Thor's first/last battles is Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song". It was specifically chosen because its lyrics make mention of Norse religion.
The Infinity Gauntlet made its first MCU appearance briefly in Odin's vault in Thor (2011), imbued with all six infinity stones. The gauntlet was next seen in an Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) post-credits scene, in Thanos' vault with all infinity stones missing and Thanos stating "Fine. I'll do it myself". As most of the infinity stones have been identified within the MCU, fans speculated that the complete Infinity Gauntlet seen in Odin's vault must have been either a replica created by Odin or a continuity gaff. This movie addresses the gaff and answers the question; as Hela walks through Odin's Vault, she knocks the Infinity Gauntlet over and states "Fake!"
In the Norse mythology and the Marvel comics, Loki is the father of Hela and Fenrir the Wolf.
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).
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.
The confrontation with Thor and Hela, where Hela destroys Mjolnir, was originally to be set in New York, but Taika Waititi felt the setting wasn't right and re-shot the sequence in a field. The original footage (shot in Brisbane, Australia) can be seen in the July 22nd 'Offical Trailer' in the 2nd shot of the trailer.
link=nm1089991] 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."
Thor gets Loki to remove his Odin disguise by throwing his hammer and grabbing Loki with his hammer hand, so that the hammer would return to his hand and crush Loki unless he removed his enchantment. This came from a Walter Simonson Thor comic story where Thor realized Loki had put him under a love spell.
The spaceship seen in the mid-credit scene is the Sanctuary II, which belongs to Thanos.
This film contains three members of the comic book incarnation of The Defenders superhero group: Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Doctor Strange is a founding member of The Defenders.
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.
During the final battle after Thor's right eye is damaged, and missing, he lands on the bridge in full God mode with only his left one glowing. This was changed in the trailer, presumably to not spoil it.
link=nm1089991] 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."
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).
The survivors of Ragnarok decide to head to Earth. In the Marvel comic event "Siege", Asgard was annihilated and its survivors decide to stay on Earth.
When Thor sees the ruins of the palace ceiling fresco, there is a crack running through his portrait's right eye, foreshadowing how Hela wounds him.
link=nm0000204] and Jaimie Alexander didn't return for the film. Natalie Portman declined to return as Jane Foster and announced she wouldn't star in anymore Marvel comic book movies and Jaimie Alexander was busy working on her TV series Blindspot (2015). Thor mentions Jane Foster in dialogue and tells Loki that he dumped her. But, Lady Sif's absence in the film is unexplained and the character is not mentioned.
link=nm0169806] 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)."
Matt Damon makes a surprise cameo as an actor portraying Loki in a play honoring the God of Mischief's apparent self-sacrifice in Thor: The Dark World. Damon also played an archangel named Loki in Kevin Smith's Dogma (1999).
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.
Mjolnir is destroyed in this film by Hela, Thor's sister. In the comics, the hammer was damaged in a fight between Thor and his grandfather Bor.
During MCU's Captain America: Civil War, all of the current Avengers line up (apart from Thor and Hulk) turn up, choose a side and fight one another. In the Civil War comic book story line this is also what happens but on a much grander scale, again both Thor and Hulk are not present. The reason for both of them not being there in the Marvel comic book is because Hulk was on Sakaar and Thor had just been involved in Ragnarok, just like in Thor: Ragnarok.
link=nm1935086] appeared with Sir Anthony Hopkins in the television show Westworld (2016) alongside Chris Hemsworth's brother Luke Hemsworth, who has a cameo in Ragnarok as an Asgardian actor playing Thor in a play.
In the play scene of the film, Loki is played by Matt Damon. Damon also played Loki in the film Dogma (1999).
In the final end credit sequence, the Grandmaster declares the Contest of Champions a tie. This is most likely a wink at an error that made it into print. In the original Contest of Champions comic book limited series, the Grandmaster picked heroes to fight against a hooded opponent's heroes to snag prizes. After the final round, the Grandmaster was declared the winner, but due to a screw-up in the production of the comics, if you count all the battles, the original Contest of Champions should have ended in a tie.
The film's cast includes three Oscar winners: Cate Blanchett, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and (in an uncredited cameo role) Matt Damon; and four Oscar nominees: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo and Taika Waititi.
The song that plays during the opening and final battles references Valhalla, the hall located in Asgard where those fallen in battle are carried by Valkyries and laid to rest until called upon by Odin in Ragnarok. In the film they are ironically called upon by Hela to begin Ragnarok.
In this film Hogun the Grim has the most screen time of The Warriors Three before being killed which is the opposite of his last appearance where he had the least.
Thor disguises Mjolnir as an umbrella and taps it on the ground to change it back into his hammer. This is the same as in the comics that Donald Blake, Thor's alter-ego, tapped his walking stick to turn it back into Mjolnir.
When Thor and Loki are stood in public outside a demolished retirement home Thor can be seen wearing the Hulk's classic colors of green and purple
When Hulk finally calms down and reverts to Banner for the first time in 2 years since Avengers : Age of Ultron, Banner remarks "I've been trapped inside a monster." A few scenes earlier, when Thor and the Valkyrie have a discussion in Hulk's Champion suite, Hulk can be seen and heard in the background rhythmically bouncing some kind of ball off the floor and the wall - this pastime, made famous by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, is universally recognised as the signature gesture of patient defiance on the part of an imprisoned man in close confinement, marking his time and waiting for his opportunity to attempt escape, as seen for instance Toby Ziegler in the West Wing episode '17 People', or Q in the episode 'Q Who?' of Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, it's established earlier in the scene that the Hulk is not a prisoner and free to come and go from his quarters as he pleases - which begs the question : Who is defiantly biding their time, is it the Hulk, impatient for his next bout in the arena, or Banner?
When Thor crashes into Sakaar, and he's talking to the scavenger people, in the background there is the body of a Bilgesnipe that he refers to in the The Avengers (2012) "Large scaly, has big antlers"
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