Thor: Ragnarok: first teaser trailer and poster, Hulk's storyline, and everything you need to know

Fast Facts:

  • Thor: Ragnarok release date: November 3, 2017 (US)/October 27, 2017 (UK)
  • Director: Taika Waititi
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Tessa Thompson
  • Writer: Stephany Folsom, Eric Pearson

Update: April 10, 2017 - the first teaser trailer and poster is here

At last our long wait for a good look at Thor: Ragnarok has ended with the release of it's first teaser trailer and poster. You can watch it above now but it goes without saying that it's pretty amazing. In fact, this trailer could feature one of the best one-liners of any MCU movie (so far). As Thor rocks up to do battle in a Gladiator-style arena, who should he be facing off against than none other than his old mate the Hulk?! It's at this point that Thor turns to his captors and yells, "He's a friend from work!" Just brilliant. Check out the new poster too:

The Thor: Ragnarok movie will hammer cinemas in November

Thor is getting his second sequel on 3 November 2017 in the US (27 October in the UK). After Thor: The Dark World - the weakest of Marvel’s Phase Two films despite the typically fun back-and-forth between Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki - Marvel knows a shake-up is needed to give the god of thunder the classic movie he deserves. Both Thor movies are fun, but they get nowhere near the top of the pile in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After Hemsworth's comedy star turn in Ghostbusters, Thor: Ragnarok should redress that balance.

The Thor: Ragnarok trailer doesn't exist yet, so check out Taika Waititi's mockumentary

Ignore reports of a trailer materialising at San Diego Comic Con 2016 - it didn't happen - but we did get this fun mockumentary instead, directed by Taika Waititi. While Cap and Tony are beating the crap out of each other, Thor is dealing with a roommate problem and working on the 'conspiracy theory wall' in order to figure out Thanos' evil scheme. Expect a proper trailer at some point in early 2017, possibly alongside Guardians of the Galaxy 2's release in late April, but for now, you can watch the 'Team Thor' mockumentary in full above.

A sequel to this, also directed by Waititi, arrived with the Blu-ray for Doctor Strange in March. See below:

Thor: Ragnarok cast adds a Hulk, brings back Loki, debuts Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum

Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as Thor for the fifth time, and Mark Ruffalo is back playing the Hulk in his fourth appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (counting his Iron Man 3 cameo). Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki, and Anthony Hopkins returns as Odin, meaning we'll get some resolution to the cliffhanger ending of Thor: The Dark World where Loki took Asgard's throne in disguise. Idris Elba's Heimdall is confirmed as coming back as well. Natalie Portman's Jane Foster doesn't return, because Thor and Jane broke up. There's a lot of baggage when it comes to dating an Asgardian god, clearly.

Not confirmed by Marvel's press materials so far are Sif and the Warriors Three. Jaimie Alexander wasn't on the official cast list for Thor: Ragnarok, but in response to a tweet about that in May 2016, she teased her return. It's likely that Marvel doesn't want to ruin all the surprises in advance. As for the Warriors Three, Ray Stevenson (Volstagg) near the shooting location in Australia last year. Tadanobu Asano (Hogun) was in Australia during filming. Zachary Levi's Fandral is more of a question mark.

New cast members include Cate Blanchett as new villain Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, and Jeff Goldblum as the eccentric Grandmaster - who oversees the gladiatorial contest Thor finds himself a part of with Hulk. It's Goldblum's first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and one GR+ is particularly excited about. 

Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange cameos as well, as strongly suggested by the post-credits sequence of his own movie. While there won't be many sequences set on Earth in Ragnarok, instead taking us back to Asgard or outer space, the Sorcerer Supreme's appearance will indeed take place on Earth—and is apparently linked to the search for Odin.

The Thor: Ragnarok plot pits Thor vs Hulk, after Hela kicks the God of Thunder's ass

We recently learned tons more about the story of Thor: Ragnarok. After being held prisoner for Millenia, Hela, the goddess of death, is accidentally let loose - a by-product of Asgard's new ruler, Loki, being a little less diligent than his predecessor, Odin. Naturally, she's furious after being captive for so long, and gets the better of Thor in a scrap. As a result, the God of Thunder now finds himself on the planet of Sakaar. 

After meeting the powerful warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), he's forced to engage in gladiatorial combat, after she brings him to the planet's governor, The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum, dressed like a '70s pop star). Problem is, he's actually not terribly powerful compared to some of the other mean fighters on Sakaar - and that includes the Hulk, who's now one of the planet's main attractions. Hulk will apparently be more fleshed out than he has been in any other Marvel films to date, since he's treated as a god on Sakaar. 

How did he get here after the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he said farewell to Natasha Romanov? That remains a mystery, but hopefully the film will resolve that.

Thor loses his hammer, Mjolnir, but more tragically, his gorgeous blonde hair. He now carries twin blades into combat. In a concept art image shared from Avengers: Infinity War, it appears that Thor is carrying either an axe or a blade in battle, suggesting we'll likely see the end of Mjolnir in Ragnarok.

The Thor: Ragnarok director is a Sundance favourite - and brings more comedy to the MCU

Ragnarok will be directed by Taika Waititi, best known for funny but touching New Zealand-set films like Eagle Vs Shark and horror mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows (his latest picture, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, wowed us). He's bringing a funnier tone to the film than we've previously seen in Thor movies, which some Marvel fans were a little worried about.

Waititi has described the changes as a "slight tonal shift", though, insisting this is still a story where people will care about whether the hero succeeds or not. “Taika has such a quirky, left-of-field sense of humor, which forced all the characters and the tone of the whole story to head in a new direction,” Chris Hemsworth told Entertainment Weekly about his new director. Hey, we're not complaining. Even in The Dark World, the best bits were seeing Loki and Thor bicker, not watching Christopher Eccleston scowl through alien make-up. We're more than happy with extra laughter, especially when you've got the Hulk and Thor up against each other on an alien world. It's not exactly serious cinema, is it?

The Thor: Ragnarok poster isn't official yet but the logo is enough

Ignore the fakes that materialise in a Google Image Search – there's no official Thor: Ragnarok poster at this time, only a (cool, retro-looking) logo. But Marvel has released a big piece of art teasing Blanchett's character Hela getting ready to do all the evils. Take a peek at that above, and get excited.

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