General audiences have yet to meet new alien characters Korg and Miek in Thor: Ragnarok, but when they do it’ll represent only the beginning of their journey. In bringing a third Thor film to the big screen, Marvel Studios paired the God of Thunder up with the green giant to adapt one of Hulk’s most famous storylines. While Ragnarok is still very much Thor’s movie, it will dive into the Planet Hulk story from the comics. In Marvel Comics, this narrative followed Hulk after having been banished to a far away planet by the Illuminati – a secretive group of top Marvel heroes – where he becomes a prisoner forced to fight others in a gladiator arena, before leading a rebellion and ruling himself.
Thor: Ragnarok doesn’t touch all of these story beats, instead using it for inspiration and bringing in key familiar elements. Two of the more notable pieces for fans are the inclusions of Korg and Miek – two of the other gladiators Hulk befriends. And the good news here is that the movie is apparently only the first of (potentially) many MCU appearances for Korg and Miek.
Fandango asked Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige about Ragnarok‘s two scene-stealing characters and what the future holds for them. Marvel has quickly fallen in love with the supporting duo and anticipates audiences will as well. Feige wouldn’t say how or when they’ll return, but Korg and Miek will be back eventually.
“We have plans for Korg and Miek. When and where we’ll have to wait and see, but we, like the audience now that they’ve seen them, can’t get enough.”
The marketing has yet to provide a look at Miek and we don’t know who is playing/voicing the insectoid alien outside of Waititi hinting at it in a previous set video. Korg on the other hand, is played by director Taika Waititi who says their return could come with the possible revitalization of Marvel’s One-Shots.
“We were talking about doing a little spin-off. Like one of these One-Shot short films with Korg and Miek… like [them] just going shopping and things.”
Considering how successful Waititi’s previous Thor shorts were, it would not be surprising to see Marvel Studios allow a comedic genius like Waititi to bring back the One-Shots for something like this. Plus, they would need him to be involved in some capacity as he is the voice. Even if their return doesn’t come in the form of a One-Shot, they clearly have a future in the MCU – and that could mean great things for Waititi sticking around as well. As he went on to point out, the actor Taika Waititi does not work without director Taika Waititi and Feige told us directly that he’s confident he’ll be working with Taika again.
Since these characters are CGI creations, they would be simple additions to any cosmic Marvel property and there are several on the way in the next two years with many more coming after Phase 3 concludes the current iteration of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After that, Guardians of the Galaxy franchise writer and director James Gunn is helping plan out a cosmic expansion after he completes his own trilogy. Based on the early Thor: Ragnarok reviews and Feige’s comments, audiences will be wanting to see them return sooner rather than later.
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