The official San Diego Comic-Con poster for Thor: Ragnarok has been revealed, ahead of Marvel Studios’ Hall H panel at the convention. Ragnarok director Taika Waititi (What We Do In the Shadows) will be on-hand at San Diego, along with select members of the movie’s cast, to present previously-unreleased footage from the third Thor solo film during said panel. It is expected than the second theatrical trailer for Ragnarok will be unveiled at that point, similar to how the second trailer for Doctor Strange premiered during the Marvel Studios Hall H panel at last year’s convention.
Ragnarok pits the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) against a new enemy, in the form of Hela (Cate Blanchett) – a villain who promises to bring the apocalypse straight to Asgard itself. This, in turn, forces Thor to join forces with his treacherous adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in an effort to stop Hela, despite everything else that has already transpired between them; including of course, Loki pretending to be Thor’s father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and taking control of Asgard at the end of the second Thor solo movie, The Dark World.
Previously-released concept art for Ragnarok had shown that Loki and Thor will both face-off against Hela, at some point over the course of their adventure together in the film. That same image is also the basis for the official Ragnarok SDCC poster, as you can see from the following photo that Marvel Studios Visual Development Supervisor and Concept Artist, Andy Park posted to his Twitter account:
Update: A second SDCC Ragnarok poster has emerged, which appears to be the one Marvel will be handing out at the convention. The poster was officially unveiled online:
Much of the Ragnarok marketing material released so far has focused on Thor’s gladiatorial battle with Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in the film, on the alien planet of Sakaar. Both that Planet Hulk-inspired element and the Thor/Hulk cosmic buddy romp that ensues after their one-on-one fight in the arena are key aspects of the movie – and so, it’s only natural that Marvel would bank heavily on them as selling points for Waititi’s film. All the same, the unresolved conflict between Thor and Loki should receive some form of resolution in Ragnarok, so it’s good to see that plot thread get its fair share of the spotlight too.
Likewise, it’s nice to see Hela brought back to the forefront of the Ragnarok marketing. There’s still a fair amount of mystery around the character in the movie, including her motivations and her potential connections to Thanos (Josh Brolin) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since it has been confirmed that Rangarok builds directly into Avengers: Infinity War, it’s plausible that Hela does indeed have ties to the Mad Titan himself, as some fans have speculated. Failing that, though, it will still be fun to watch the Oscar-winning Blanchett ham it up as the MCU’s first proper, full-blown female supervillain in the movie.
Be sure and check back on Screen Rant later today for more Thor: Ragnarok goodness when Marvel Studios’ 90-minute SDCC panel gets underway.
Source: Andy Park
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