Thor: Ragnarok is the first project from Marvel Studios to shoot in Australia. Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, revealed that filming the movie in Australia was actually his suggestion, and that he was surprised when Marvel agreed to the idea.

Thor: Ragnarok marks the third solo outing for Hemsworth’s God of Thunder, and the character’s fifth appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film, primarily set off-world, takes Thor on a whole new journey by pitting him against the Goddess of Death, Hela (Cate Blanchett). Fans will see Thor sent to an alien planet called Sakaar where he will fight the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in a gladiator pit. Teaming up with the Hulk, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor will attempt to return to Asgard and defeat Hela.

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Thor: Ragnarok was filmed on the Gold Coast in Australia from July to October in 2016. Additional filming took place in Atlanta for three weeks, where they also shot the post-credits scene. Hemsworth, who was born in Australia and currently resides there, said in a statement that he had asked Marvel if they could shoot the film in Australia, and surprisingly, they agreed.

Thor IMAX Movie Poster Header Chris Hemsworth Asked Marvel to Film Thor 3 in Australia

I asked if we could shoot in Australia and thankfully the Marvel guys said they would look into it but couldn’t promise anything. To me, to be home again for more than two weeks would be fantastic. And it worked out. It was so good.

Hemsworth also spoke about the experience of filming Thor: Ragnarok close to home, remarking that it was nice to sleep in his own bed. Hemsworth also gave credit to the “wonderful talent” and “familiarity” of the cast and crew. Due in part to the “brilliant” weather, Hemsworth called the experience one of the best shoots he had ever been a part of.

The change in location seems to be a shift for Marvel Studios, who films the majority of its projects in Atlanta. Numerous big-budget projects other than Thor: Ragnarok have recently filmed in Australia, including Aquaman, Alien: Covenant, and Kong: Skull Island. In 2015, Marvel’s parent company, Disney, brought Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to the Gold Coast to film at Village Roadshow Studios, the same studio where Thor: Ragnarok was based.

Thor filmed in Los Angeles and New Mexico. Thor: Dark World was filmed in London and Iceland.

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Source: IANS via News18

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