'Thor: Ragnarok' spoilers, news: Director Taika Waititi, Cate Blanchett talk about upcoming MCU flick


When “Thor: Ragnarok” was announced back in 2014 by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, he put emphasis on how Chris Hemsworth’s third standalone film will have a huge impact on the overall narrative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The movie may have direct links to what happens in “Avengers: Infinity War” which has been rumored for quite some time now. However, film director Taika Waititi recently shared that he “made an effort to ignore the fact there are other Thor films.”

The Kiwi filmmaker took some off time and engaged in a Q&A session with fans on Reddit. The event seemed to be very casually laid out as the guy just popped in and out of the virtual world with such breeze.

“I think TR will be one of the most adventurous and most ‘out there’ of all the Marvel movies. It’s a crazy movie,” Waititi said, in response to a question that asked what would set apart “Ragnarok” from all other movies in the MCU. The setting of the upcoming “Thor” film in itself is already very different, albeit sharing the same cosmic realm with “Guardians of the Galaxy.” But until now, the “Thor” movies have been the most supernatural and shrouded in mystery which makes it different from the earth-based stories featured in “Iron Man” and “Captain America” films.

Waititi’s comments come only a couple of days after “Thor” franchise newbie Cate Blanchett provided some insight on her villainous role in the upcoming threequel. The Academy Award-winning actress plays Hela, the ruler of the Underworld in the film who could play a pivotal role in “Ragnarok” as she is the goddess of death, at least in the comic books.

Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the MCU and tags along in his Avenger pal’s solo adventure, had previously described Hela as the “worst of the worst” type of antagonist. Blanchett, for her part, addressed the comments in a recent conversation with Entertainment Weekly saying that “he’s greenest of the green.” Unfortunately, it seems like the two veteran actors did not have much interaction, at least on screen, as the blonde revealed that she “didn’t get to work so much with Mark.”

Blanchett also talked about Waititi and she was all praise for the director and the kind of film they were able to make under his tutelage, saying, “he’s irreverent which is great because Marvel, at its best, has its tongue firmly in its cheek.”

“Thor: Ragnarok” will hit theaters on Nov. 3, 2017.