Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has officially made his Thor: Ragnarok poster debut. The Sorcerer Supreme had already appeared in some of the trailers for the movie, but had yet to join the cast of the God of Thunder’s third solo film in an official promotional poster – until now.
Directed by New Zealander director Taika Waititi, Ragnarok immediately differentiates itself not just from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also from the preceding Thor films. Among other things, it embraces bold colors and psychedelic backdrops; themselves direct nods to Jack Kirby’s trippy comic book work and illustrations. Tone-wise, the film also takes a lighter route – but don’t be deceived, as Ragnarok also promises plenty of universe-altering changes. Some of those will even have direct repercussions on next year’s cumulative Marvel Cinematic Universe tentpole, Avengers: Infinity War.
The latest Ragnarok poster released by Marvel is a special one specifically geared for a South Korean movie-going audience. It mines inspiration from traditional Korean art by Kim Hong-do’s Sangbak and features Thor and Hulk in what it looks like a fierce battle of Ssireum (a native game similar to Japanese sumo wrestling). Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) are shown watching the pair here, while Hela (Cate Blanchett) appears to be heckling them from the sidelines. Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Heimdall (Idris Elba) are also shown getting cozy with each other here, while Loki (Tom Hiddleston) serves as a hype person, taking bets regarding the ongoing bout. Strange, however, sits by himself and appears to be concentrated on using his warping abilities to get out of there. You can check out the poster for yourselves, below:
This poster doesn’t appear to include any clues about the storyline for Ragnarok; rather, it seems to simply be a nifty image that cleverly targets a specific audience for the film. We first learned that the Sorcerer Supreme would be appearing in Ragnarok in the post-credit tag for Doctor Strange – where he was shown helping the God of Thunder to locate his missing father and possibly warning him about his bleak destiny. That said, we do not expect Strange to partake in the film’s big showdown with Hela. If anything, he will probably just pop in during the first act of the film, as a way to kick-off the main narrative of the movie.
With less than a month to go before Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters, fans can expect even more promotional materials like this South Korean poster to make their way online over the remaining few weeks. The second Thor sequel has generated a lot of positive buzz amongst fans so far, and has even been voted Fandango’s most anticipated film this fall.
Source: Marvel Studios
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