Thor: Ragnarok gets new promo artwork with Hela front and center. The supervillain played by Cate Blanchett marks the first main female antagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is being positioned by Marvel Studios as their best villain yet. Hela is all geared up to take over Asgard, burn it down to the ground and rebuild it under her image, so Thor and his newly recruited team – made up of old Avengers pal Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), franchise newbie Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and even his conniving brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) – will need to do everything in their powers to foil her evil plans.
There has been such positive buzz surrounding Ragnarok since the first trailer for the film dropped five months ago and we got a taste of what director Taika Waititi was able to do with the Marvel sub-franchise. The grim and dark palette that was synonymous with the Thor films have been replaced with more vibrant backgrounds and trippy graphics, which is a clear nod to Jack Kirby‘s psychedelic comic book illustrations. A noticeable tone shift has also been executed, making Thor a lot less uptight-looking, which perfectly encapsulates the levity the MCU films have always been known for. The result is a renewed interest in the film series, with the trilogy capper taking the top spot on Fandango’s most anticipated movies this fall.
The new artwork has arrived courtesy of Marvel artist Andy Park, who posted his creation on his official Twitter account. The piece will be used as the cover for the upcoming book, Art of Thor: Ragnarok. The double page spread will wrap around the front and back cover of the book. The back side features a bevy of characters from the threequel like Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Heimdall (Idris Elba), Skurge (Keith Urban), Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) and Valkyrie. Its front page, on the other hand, places Thor, Hulk, and Loki strategically on the sides with Hela at the center of the three of them, donning her intimidating headpiece and long black cape. Check out the image below:
Many are looking forward to Blanchett’s first turn in a superhero flick, especially when she plays a straight-up villain who looks like she was directly plucked from the pages of the comic books and popped on the big screen instead of just a normal-looking nefarious antagonist. It is no secret that despite the massive success of the MCU, they have a recurring problem when it comes to villains who are often underdeveloped or driven with poor motivations. However, it appears that Hela will be a formidable foe for the God of Thunder. The Academy Award-winning actress actually revealed that what initially drew her to the project is the thrilling prospect of being able to torment a character as powerful as Thor and destroy his mighty hammer, Mjolnir.
Art of Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, November 14 – just a little bit over a week after Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters. The book, however, is already available to pre-order on Amazon.
Source: Andy Park
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