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It’s Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!
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- Ragnarok translates to “the end of the universe” in Norse mythology, so it’s fair to
surmise that some edge-of-the-seat action is definitely headed audiences’ way.
- Director Taika Waititi not only directs, but also plays a new CGI character in the Marvel
Cinematic Universe named Korg (introduced by Marvel in a 1962 comic book). Waititi is
well known for not only directing, but acting in his own films.
- On those days when he did double duty as director while also portraying the character
of Korg before the cameras, Waititi was required by the VFX team to don the neutral
gray motion capture leotard, dotted all over with halved ping pong balls, used for
tracking purposes in post-production when the VFX animators create the CG character
in the computer. It was a strange sight for everyone on set to see him directing in that
- Characters from the Marvel comics coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in “Thor:
Ragnarok” include the villainous Hela (Cate Blanchett), introduced in the Marvel comics
in 1964; the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), debuting on the comic book
pages in 1971; Skurge, the executioner (Karl Urban), a 1964 comic book debut; and the
Sakaarian dictator Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), first appearing in the Marvel comics in
- Cate Blanchett’s, Hela, one of Thor’s most formidable enemies from the comics, is the
first leading female villain in any of the Marvel Studios’ feature films to date.
- The film is the first feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to shoot not only in
Australia, but in the entire Southern Hemisphere.
- Village Roadshow Studios has nine sound stages and “Thor Ragnarok” utilized all nine of
them for both filming and construction. Stage 9, the largest sound stage in the Southern
Hemisphere, was completed just weeks before Marvel Studios moved into Village
Roadshow for pre-production on “Thor: Ragnarok.”
- The world of Sakaar in the story is like nothing ever before seen in any of the previous
Marvel Studios’ films. Its design was inspired by the comic book illustrations of Jack
Kirby, who co-created “Thor” (with Stan Lee) in 1962. Sakaar is the world ruled by Jeff
Goldblum’s dictatorial character, Grandmaster.
- The two backlot sets at Village Roadshow Studios (Asgard Piazza and Sakaar) are,
collectively, equal in size to two American football fields. It took production over four
months to build them with a crew numbering over 450 at its largest.
- Oscar®-winning production designer Dan Hennah (“Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit”
trilogies) and production designer Ra Vincent (“What We Do in the Shadows”) designed
over two-dozen sets (both stage and exterior builds) for the 17-week shoot.
- Veteran costume designer Mayes Rubeo (“Avatar,” “Warcraft,” “The Great Wall”) made
over 2,500 original costumes for the film (depicting both the worlds of Asgard and
Sakaar), with all materials sourced in Australia.
- Throughout the four-day shoot in Brisbane, Australia, both Chris Hemsworth and Tom
Hiddleston took every break in filming to greet the fans by shaking hands, throwing
“swag” (posters, sunglasses, T-shirts and such from “Thor: The Dark World”) out to the
crowd, signing autographs and grabbing personal cell phones for that once-in-a-lifetime
selfie. Many people (of all ages!) came back, day after day, rain or shine, for hours on
end, to catch a close-up glimpse of the actual movie stars.
- Chris Hemsworth also had fun handing out pizzas to the Brisbane crowds, which were
purchased by the production’s location manager, Duncan Jones.
- A local teenager spent all week on location hoping to meet Tom Hiddleston because she
had sketched a portrait of Loki that she wanted to present to him. Production arranged
for the two to meet in front of the local TV cameras.
- While shooting an exterior scene in the Australian wilderness, filming was briefly
interrupted when a large python fell from the dense trees above. No cast or crew were
harmed, and the snake was safely relocated by a professional snake handler, but not
before a few brave crew members snapped some pictures.
- On days where Cate Blanchett was shooting, before cameras rolled on the first shot,
Cate made a habit of leading the crew through a few minutes of calisthenics to start the
day off right.
- During the early morning hours, before crew arrived for work, wild kangaroos were
often spotted hanging around the backlot near the exterior sets of Asgard and Sakaar.
On the first day of principal photography, a local Maori tribe performed a ceremonial
dance to bless the crew in hopes for a smooth shoot. Eighty-four days of successful
shooting later, the tribe returned and delivered a beautiful closing ceremony as a
culmination to an incredible experience of filming on native land in Australia.
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