August 14, 2017 at 05:18 PM EDT

Thor: Ragnarok

type
Movie
release date
11/03/17
performer
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Anthony Hopkins, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi
director
Taika Waititi
Producer
Kevin Feige
distributor
Marvel
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13

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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.”

Marvel Studios

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on Nov. 3.

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