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Thor: Ragnarok - The Official Movie Special

Thor: Ragnarok - The Official Movie Special

Thor: Ragnarok - The Official Movie Special

Make sure you’re prepared for the movie event of the year, with the official Thor: Ragnarok movie special! Asgard is in danger. While Thor, the son of Odin, has been imprisoned on the far side of the universe, an all-powerful new threat – the ruthless Hela – prepares to unleash Ragnarok upon his homeworld. Unmissable for Marvel fans, this 100-page movie special includes profiles of all the main characters, and interviews with the actors: Chris Hemsworth (Thor) reveals how he feels about returning to the character that made his name; Cate Blanchett (Hela) explains how she brought her villain to life; and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) talks about playing Bruce Banner and the Incredible Hulk. Plus, Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and Jeff Goldman (The Grandmaster)! Go behind-the-scenes with the movie’s director Taika Waititi, and get up close to some of the movie’s incredible CG creatures. Illustrated with exclusive photos and concept art, this is your essential guide to Thor: Ragnarok!

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1 min.
the fate of the gods

Asgard is in danger. While Thor, the son of Odin, has been imprisoned on the far side of the universe, an all-powerful new threat – the ruthless Hela – prepares to unleash Ragnarok upon his homeworld. Stripped of his mighty hammer, Mjölnir, Thor faces a race against time to return to Asgard to stop the coming of Ragnarok, and the end of Asgardian civilization. But first he must fight to survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!…

4 min.
the power within

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Special: It has been seven years since you first played Thor onscreen. How do you perceive the character now? Chris Hemsworth: On one hand, it seems like a lifetime ago that we were shooting the first film, but on the other, it seems like yesterday. We had no idea if it was going to work, if there would be a sequel, or if there would even be an Avengers film, so it all had a different energy. But with this film, in particular, there has been a massive gear-shift in the storytelling, and in my approach. That was all birthed through the director Taika Waititi, and his sense of humor. This has been one of the most exciting and fun sets I’ve ever been on. “This has been one of…

4 min.
bringing death to life

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Special: Tell us about Hela, and what attracted you to doing this movie. Cate Blanchett: What interested me is that in Asgard, the people who live there, live for a really long time, and Hela’s the Goddess of Death. So what happens when death is banished from a world? You get a lot of problems in a world when you think death doesn’t exist. It means life becomes difficult to navigate, because there’s no time frame. I think that’s a really interesting place to start as a character, as an entry into the film, because in the beginning you don’t know who she is. How did you go about bringing Hela to life? Hela absorbs power until she becomes all-powerful, and we tried to show that visually, when her suit…

3 min.
rage hard

DUALITY Banner and Hulk are opposite sides of the same coin. There’s the pacifist and the warrior... and yet there’s not one without the other. Thor: Ragnarok Movie Special: You’ve played Hulk four times now. What are the big changes this time? Mark Ruffalo: Well, basically, Banner’s been inside the Hulk for the last two years. I imagine he’s gone into a deep rest. And during that rest, all the tragic things that have made him unable to enjoy his life have been erased. So when he comes awake he realises that he’s free of the Hulk. Hulk no longer turns into Hulk depending on Banner’s anger. Hulk is now prescient. He can be sad, happy. He’s speaking. He’s not only alive because of rage, so we can start to have more geography…

3 min.
the valkyrie rides again

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Special: Can you tell us a little about Valkyrie? Who is she and what is her role in the movie? Tessa Thompson: A tragedy has left her life in tatters and she’s disappeared to this corner of the universe on Sakaar to forget about her past. Then with the universe in danger, she meets Thor and Banner/Hulk, and she reluctantly becomes a part of their team to try to save Asgard, in its darkest hour. But I think in some ways while she’s daring to lose her life she’s regaining a sense of the life that she’s lost. Can you tell us a little about the audition process and how you got the role? You have a proper camera set up and you’re reading opposite other people, and you’re dressed…

2 min.
gods and monsters

01) THE GRANDMASTER “It’s main event time.” The eccentric ruler of the planet Sakaar, this dangerous hedonist holds both Thor and Hulk’s lives in his hands with his Contest of Champions – where gladiators fight to the death for their freedom or personal desires. 02) HEIMDALL The golden-eyed guardian of the Bifrost, Heimdall is one of Thor’s most trusted allies. However, since his disappearance, he is no longer the keeper of the bridge between Asgard and the other realms, having been denounced as a traitor by Loki. 03) HELA “I’m not a queen or a monster. I’m the Goddess of Death.” Banished for millennia, Hela is the Goddess of Death. When her power is unleashed, she will rain death down upon all of Asgard. 04) LOKI “This’ll be such fun.” Thor’s adoptive brother, the trickster god, constantly plays people off…