Yesterday, while the United States was enjoying its annual celebration of beer, hot dogs and fireworks in honor of Independence Day, cameras began rolling on the next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thor: Ragnarok officially commenced production in Australia. Marvel Studios co-president Louis Esposito congratulated the cast and crew of the film on their first day of shooting, and Ant-Man director Peyton Reed offered up some friendly advice:
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) July 4, 2016
Over the past few weeks, Waititi has engaged in some humorous Twitter dialogue with Reed and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, and this time was no different as he fired off a quick retort, along with the first behind-the-scenes photo:
This first look at production on Thor: Ragnarok might not be terribly revealing, but have no fear: the Gold Coast Bulletin also paid a visit to the film’s set, and they posted this amusing glimpse of Waititi and the God of Thunder himself, Chris Hemsworth:
Of course, Hemsworth isn’t the only familiar face we’ll be seeing, as Thor: Rangarok will also feature returning stars Tom Hiddleston as the fan-favorite villain Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, alongside newcomers Cate Blanchett as the film’s primary antagonist Hela, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Karl Urban as Skurge.
There’s also the addition of Mark Ruffalo who previously described the film as “an intergalactic buddy road movie with [Bruce] Banner and Thor,” but I’m curious to find out how much of the adventure will feature Banner’s big green alter-ego, especially with rumors that Thor: Ragnarok will incorporate some elements of the popular Planet Hulk storyline form the comics.
With production underway, it’s possible fans will get their first sneak peek at the film in just a few weeks as Marvel takes the stage at San Diego Comic-Con. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on what – if anything – we see while we’re onsite at the biggest pop culture event of the year.
Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to hit theaters on November 3, 2017.
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