People of Earth, I would like to call your attention to Exhibit B in today’s case for recognizing Jeff Goldblum as a national treasure (or…monument? Can we do that?): While discussing his role as the eccentric Goldblum-esque Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok, the actor revealed, in his typical quirky-casual fashion, that he’s developed his very own Jeff Goldblum ranking system — and he’s graciously given director Taika Waititi the highest-possible rating.
Avengers: Infinity War has a lot of ground to cover in terms of bringing together all the threads of the Infinity Gauntlet storyline that have been seeded throughout Marvel’s films since we caught a glimpse of the Gauntlet in the first Thor movie. Every movie since then has in some way been leading up to it, so it makes sense that there would be a few callbacks to previous films that only the sharpest eye could catch.
Taika Waititi loves putting himself in his movies. He covered in blood What We Do In the Shadows and a zany preacher at a funeral in Hunt for the Wilderpeople. And you can bet the New Zealand filmmaker will show up in his Thor: Ragnarok.
If you thought the first official photos of Thor: Ragnarok were wild, just wait till you get a taste of the new teaser trailer. The third solo outing for the God of Thunder isn’t just any new Marvel movie, but a distinctly Taika Waititi one. That means it’s going to be a heck of a lot more fun than you’d imagine.
It’s been a great week for those of us who are really excited for Thor: Ragnarok: between Thor’s new #look, and Jeff Goldblum’s… everything, this movie might be the most entertaining, visuals-wise, Marvel has ever made. And it also might be among the funniest: it’s described as a kind of buddy road trip comedy with Thor and Bruce Banner/Hulk traveling the Universe and stirring up trouble, and Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo historically have some of the funniest moments in the previous Avengers films (“Another!”/“Puny god.”). Couple that with New Zealand’s achingly hysterical Taika Waititi, and you’ve got a pretty potent combo.
There was a whole lot to take in from the first official Thor: Ragnarok photos, which debuted yesterday and revealed Cate Blanchett’s goth-y villain, Jeff Goldblum’s eccentric Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson’s warrior Valkyrie and, oh yeah, Thor’s super-short new haircut. Some big changes are afoot in the nine realms, and we’re not just talking about Thor’s makeover; director Taika Waititi has created a more colorful, more humorous return to Asgard, and after seeing those first photos, we’re sure you have lots of questions about the plot of Ragnarok.
That first official look at Thor: Ragnarok may have been a bit of a shock to the system — Chris Hemsworth’s haircut should come with a warning label. But now that we’ve all gotten acclimated to this radical (and rad because that magazine cover was so very ’90s) change, how about even more new photos from the Thor sequel? Loki returns, Jeff Goldblum gets spacey, and Cate Blanchett goes full mystical-goth in these additional sneak peeks from Taika Waititi’s highly-anticipated sequel.
The latest issue of EW offers our first official look at the cast of Thor: Rangarok, and it’s certainly different — which actually might be a pretty good thing. The previous two films are widely considered lesser MCU entries, but with Taika Waititi behind the camera and promising a more humorous god of thunder, we’re looking forward to seeing a different side of Thor. That side is definitely present on this magazine cover, which also features Cate Blanchett as the villainous Hela and Tessa Thompson as the warrior Valkyrie.
Thor: Ragnarok is possibly the most anticipated superhero movie of this year, and with director Taika Waititi at the helm, plus those hilarious shorts with Thor and his roommate Darryl, excitement is steadily building. This month’s Doctor Strange video release gave us a few new looks at the next movies on the MCU slate, including two pieces of fantastic concept art from Thor: Ragnarok.
In what is surely the most glorious rumor of the week, the Blu-ray details for Marvel’s Doctor Strange have apparently leaked online, and among the special features listed is perhaps the most special of all — something titled “Team Thor: Part 2,” which appears to be a follow-up to the hilarious mockumentary short that debuted at last year’s Comic-Con. Marvel isn’t releasing the Blu-ray until February 28, which means our fingers are going to be pretty stiff from all the crossing they’ll be doing until then.