It’s become something of a welcome tradition for blockbuster movies as of late, but no matter how much it happens, it’s hard to feel bitter about celebrities visiting sick kids in character. The practice is usually done by charitable cosplayers and fans who regularly show up to homes and hospitals to entertain kids in need. These days, and especially among the casts of superhero and sci-fi films, it almost seems like a favorite pit stop for actors during the strenuous hours of filming.
Such was the case this week when actors Chris Hemsworth and Tim Hiddleston donned their best casual Thor and Loki looks from Thor: Ragnarok before setting out for the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. The pair brought along props and toys from the movie, interacting with children and even appearing on a news segments for the hospital’s TV network that is produced by the patients themselves.
While many actors visit the kids in costume, some opt to keep it casual so that they can have access to more of the hospital’s patients. Couple that with the fact that full-on Thor and Loki looks are armored and likely take a bit of handling to keep pristine, and it’s obvious why Hemsworth and Hiddleston decided to go with more street-savvy looks. Hemsworth, Hiddleston and the hospital’s TV network Juiced TV posted about the visit on social media:
Met the real superheroes of the world at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. A huge shout out to these brave kids! pic.twitter.com/VCfVIxeKfs— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) August 23, 2016
The cast and crew of Thor: Ragnarok have been sharing plenty of photos on their own social media channels as they film the third Thor story, which is being directed by Taika Waititi. Mark Ruffalo is set to join Hiddleston and Hemsworth, and the film will include familiar faces like Jaimie Alexander’s Lady Sif, Anthony Hopkins’ very exiled Odin, and Idris Elba’s Heimdall. New additions include Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge, and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.
Recent set photos have indicated that Brisbane is being transformed into New York City for a portion of the film, which will see the return of Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk after his departure from the Avengers during Avengers: Age of Ultron. With this return to Midgard (or Earth, as mortals know it), there might be a few surprises lined up for this already-interesting story.
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 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.