There are currently two very different Phase 3 Marvel Cinematic Universe installments in production, in the forms of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. Both films were previewed during Marvel’s panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, with the footage shown from Homecoming painting Jon Watts’ Spider-Man film as very much being the “John Hughes high school comedy set in the MCU” that most everyone associated with the project has described it as. Meanwhile, the Ragnarok “sizzle reel” struck a decidedly tongue in cheek tone that seems appropriate for a superhero movie that is being directed by What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople filmmaker, Taika Waititi.
Waititi has now posted a screenshot from the Ragnarok teaser that was shown at Comic-Con online, possibly offering a taste of the type of comedy that fans can expect from his Thor film in the process. Meanwhile, Ragnarok costar Tessa Thompson (Dear White People, Creed) has provided the online masses with a teaser of the weapon wielded by her character in the movie, Valkyrie.
The Thor: Ragnarok Comic-Con teaser (read our full description) started off with a comedy sketch that “explained” what Thor was up to during the events of Captain America: Civil War earlier this year. Among other things, the God of Thunder was revealed to be actively investigating the mysterious Thanos (Josh Brolin) – and Waititi has now posted the drawing that Thor made of The Mad Titan in the footage to his Instagram account (see below).
It’s worth noting that in addition to the comedy sketch material, the Ragnarok Comic-Con teaser did, in fact, feature actual concept art and footage from the film; including, shots of Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) with his Planet Hulk-style gladiator armor, as well as the villains Hela (Cate Blanchett) and the fiery demon Surtur from the realm of Muspelheim. There was no solid glimpse of Ragnarok‘s other new additions to the Thor franchise, like Skurge (Karl Urban), Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), but that’s to be expected. After all, Ragnarok only started principal photography a few weeks (literally) before this year’s ‘Con.
Speaking of Valkyrie, though: Thompson has posted a picture from the Ragnarok set to Instagram, offering a glimpse at the character’s weapon of choice (read: her sword) in the film. You can check out Thompson’s photo, below.
The Marvel Comics version of Valkyrie is quite skilled in the art of sword fighting and wields a weapon that is known as Dragonfang: a sword that was made from the tooth of a dragon (an extra-dimensional one at that). Valkyrie’s fighting abilities match those of Asgard’s greatest warriors, Lady Sif (Jaime Alexander) among them, so presumably Thompson is getting to participate in some impressively-choreographed sword battles in Ragnarok too (see also her “bruises” comment). This will be Thompson’s first proper action movie role following a string of well-received dramatic turns and will thus stand apart from her other upcoming roles; including, a turn on HBO’s Westworld TV show and a leading role in Ex Machina director Alex Garland’s next sci-fi drama/thriller, Annihilation.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
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