Production has been under way on Thor: Ragnarok since the 4th of July at Village Roadshow Studios in Australia. Filming is expected to run until mid-October, with Marvel Studios setting a November 3, 2017 release date. Today we have set photos that reveal part of this big screen adventure will be set in New York City.
The Sydney Morning Herald has these latest photos, which reveal that a number of New York City taxi cabs and emergency vehicles have been spotted on the set, revealing that at least part of the story will be set in the Big Apple. Producer Kevin Feige has previously teased that almost all of this sequel will be set within the cosmos, centering on a cosmic road trip that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) will go on.
As for the New York City scenes, no details have been revealed, but it has already been confirmed that one of the most important Earth-bound characters, Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, will not return in this sequel, and it isn't known if her friend Darcy played by Kat Dennings will be back either. It's possible that these New York scenes have the mighty Asgardian stopping by Avengers tower, and that Robert Downey Jr. may return as Iron Man, but that's only speculation for now.
We recently showed you set video that offered our first look at Cate Blanchett's Hela. While no plot details have been confirmed, Loki has long been rumored to team up with the new villain, Hela (Cate Blanchett), who banishes Thor from Asgard and destroys his iconic hammer Mjolnir, according to reports. Thor reportedly ends up on a gladiator planet, where he is forced to face the planet's current champion, Hulk. While no official plot details have been unveiled yet, Marvel did showcase the gladiator Hulk armor at Comic-Con last month, essentially confirming this rumored story line. It is believed that Thor: Ragnarok will take aspects from the iconic Planet Hulk comic book, which many fans have wanted to see turned into a movie.
Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddleston will be joined by Idris Elba (Heimdall) and Anthony Hopkins (Odin), plus Cate Blanchett's Hela and even more new characters. Jeff Goldblum joins the cast as the eccentric Grandmaster, alongside Tessa Thompson, who will bring the classic hero Valkyrie to life on the big screen, and Karl Urban who will add his might to the fray as Skurge. Marvel has set a November 3, 2017 release date for Thor: Ragnarok, which currently doesn't have any direct competition at the box office. Take a look at these new photos and videos from the set of Thor: Ragnarok, and stay tuned for more as production continues in Australia.