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Chris Hemsworth changes up Thor for last in trilogy

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 02:01

Chris Hemswoth and director Taika Waititi make sweeping changes to the latest incarnation of Thor as he faces the mythical Ragnarok in Asgard. Rough Cut - no reporter narration.

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The end of the world is nigh, and Marvel's brawny superhero Thor finds himself hammerless and held hostage on a kitsch futuristic planet light years away from his home, in a sequel that revamps the slightly dim-witted Norse god with irreverant humor. "Thor: Ragnarok," the third installment of Marvel's standalone "Thor" film franchise, sees Chris Hemsworth reprise his role as the superhero and places Thor well outside of his comfort-zone, relying on others to help him save the world. "Ragnarok," in international theaters this week and on Nov. 3 in North America, opens with Thor hanging from a dungeon ceiling in a cave talking to a skeleton, and as things only get more bizarre, Hemsworth showcases his comedic timing with off-the-cuff humor. After reuniting with his mischevious and devious brother Loki, Thor discovers they have a sister, the formidable Hela (Cate Blanchett), who has her eyes on destroying his celestial home of Asgard. Thor loses his magic power-wielding hammer and is cast away by his sister to an unknown futuristic planet and held hostage by an eccentric Gamesmaster (Jeff Goldbum), forced to fight his fellow Avenger, the Hulk. "Ragnarok" is by far the biggest production for New Zealand director Taika Waititi, who previously wrote and directed small, independent fare such as 2010's "Boy" and 2016's "Hunt For the Wilderpeople," but the style of comedy in the latest Marvel film is very much a trademark of the director. Waititi likes to find comedy often by placing unlikely characters in mundane settings, such as vampires sharing an apartment in 2014's cult hit "What We Do in the Shadows." "I love the idea of ... Hulk and Thor (sitting) on the bed making up after an argument - like, you don't see that in these films. And so the fact that they allowed me to put that kind of stuff in this movie is amazing and that's why I think it feels like a Taika film," Waititi said.

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Chris Hemsworth changes up Thor for last in trilogy

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 02:01