Since it began shooting on July 4 this summer, we've been inundated with a tsunami of Thor: Ragnarok set photos and behind-the-scenes video. Just a few weeks ago, we saw Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston traipsing around Brisbane, Australia, with the streets made up to look like New York City. The actors were draped in cloaks that protected their new superhero costumes from prying eyes. Now, more set photos give us a clear look at what kind of alternations have been made to these iconic getups.
It should come as no surprise that these Norse Gods are getting an upgraded look in Thor 3. With every Marvel movie comes a slight character revamp, helping to keep audiences interested and to sell more toys and action figures. Altering the costumes also allows the designers to figure out better ways to make these sometimes bulky suits of superhero armor more comfortable for the actor involved. And sometimes, the alterations even serve the story, especially when it comes to Tony Stark and his Iron Man upgrades. Here, Thor and Loki get even more immersed in the Asgardian culture.
Also included in these new photos is Sir Anthony Hopkins, who reprises his role as Odin in the movie. Earlier set photos showed that he was now posing as a homeless man on the streets of NYC. Here, he is back in a more traditional get-up, his eyepatch firmly in place. These photos come courtesy of Twitter, but had earlier appeared on various other social media before being pulled down by Marvel Studios. Fans were too quick, and they spread throughout Twitter like wildfire. The other person in the photos has been identified as Juan Miguel, who was previously seen hanging out with Hopkins on the Brisbane set.
All in all, Loki's costume is not that much different from the last time we saw him in Thor: The Dark World. Though, it appears his clothes are much more casual and less royal than previous incarnations of the green suit. Thor's new costume on the other hand is very different from what has come before it. And it fits inline with the Planet Hulk storyline that has been rumored, and the fact that he will square off against the green goliath in a gladiator match. At Comic-Con, Hulk's gladiator armor was put on display for everyone to see.
Two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Carol, Cinderella) joins Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok as the mysterious and powerful new villain Hela, along with Jeff Goldblum (the upcoming Independence Day: Resurgence, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jurassic Park) who joins the cast as the eccentric Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson (Creed, Selma) who will bring the classic hero Valkyrie to life on the big screen, and Karl Urban (Star Trek trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King) who will add his might to the fray as Skurge. Rounding out the cast for the film is three-time Oscar-nominee Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight, The Kids Are All Right, Foxcatcher), reprising his role of Bruce Banner/the Hulk from Marvel's The Avengers and Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Thor's new cast members join returning stars Chris Hemsworth (Rush, In the Heart of the Sea, Ghostbusters) in the title role for the fifth time; Tom Hiddleston (Crimson Peak, The Night Manager, Kong: Skull Island) as Thor's adversarial, adopted brother, Loki; Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Idris Elba (The Dark Tower, Luther, Beasts of No Nation) as the Asgardian sentry, Heimdall; and Academy Award-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, Nixon, Hitchcock) again portraying Odin, Ruler of Asgard.
Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment of Marvel's popular Norse Super Hero, is directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Taika Waititi (Two Cars, One Night, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople). Kevin Feige will produce the film, joined by executive producers Louis D'Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee. Production is slated to begin this summer, with Marvel setting a November 3, 2017 release date for Thor: Ragnarok.