Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Cate Blanchett, and Karl Urban join Marvel's 'Thor: Ragnarok'

If there's one weak spot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's the Thor franchise. Everyone praises the blockbuster highs of The Avengers films, the grit of the Captain America trilogy, and fun experiments like the original Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy, but there's very little praise for Marvel's two Thor films. The original is a solid, but mostly forgettable origin story, and the sequel is one of the MCU's worst efforts. There's no doubt that there are some great moments, yet Marvel just seems to not quite know what to do with the characters. However, I think that will change with Thor: Ragnarok. Indie superstar Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) is behind the camera this time, and the idea of bringing Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner into the action is really exciting. And in addition to that, it was announced that several new cast members will be joining the franchise, and my anticipation is higher than ever before.

Last week, it was confirmed by Marvel that Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, and Karl Urban will be joining the cast of Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel Chief Kevin Feige also confirmed that Natalie Portman will not be returning for the third film in the series. Blanchett will be playing Hela, Ragnarok's main villain. Goldblum is tackling the role of Grandmaster, a character described as "eccentric" in Marvel's press release. Thompson is playing Valkyrie, a heroic character from the Thor comics and a rumored love interest for Thor. And finally, Urban will be playing Skurge. I don't really know any of these characters that well (I'm not an avid reader of the Thor comics), but I absolutely love every one of these cast members. Blanchett is one of the best actresses on the planet, able to transform into any role and inject a sense of charisma. Urban is a brilliant genre actor, best known for his awesome turns in Star Trek and Dredd. Thompson was absolutely terrific in Creed, which was one of the best films of last year. And finally, do I even need to say anything about Jeff Goldblum? The man is a legend. After two disappointing efforts, I'm really ready for a Thor movie that knocks it out of the park.

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.

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