Tim Stack
August 14, 2017 AT 05:18 PM EDT

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Thor: Ragnarok is not your standard installment for the Avenger and God of Thunder. For one, our hero loses his trusty hammer and his long locks. Two, it showcases a looser, brighter tone — the second film was called The Dark World, after all.

Director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) drew inspiration from famous illustrator Jack Kirby’s work. “I loved the kind of cosmic trippy vibe of the Thor comics,” explains Waititi. “Another influence for me was Flash Gordon. I grew up loving that movie.”

Further cementing the differences from previous Thor films, Waititi even had a dream composer for Ragnarok. Reveals the director, “I’ve often said if Freddie Mercury were alive, I would have asked Queen to do the soundtrack. It just has that feel: it’s a cool bold, colorful cosmic adventure. And it just needed to be fun.”

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Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on Nov. 3.

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